Have you ever been told you don’t need a teaching job application letter? Well, based on my conversations with many academic hiring authorities you NEED one.
One of the most important parts of the academic job search process is your teaching job application letter. Even a cover letter for a new teacher with no experience is critical. Grab a coffee and relax and review these application letter writing tips to give you some ideas to create your own.
Why would you risk not sending an application letter?
It is usually the first thing a school administrator or school district superintendent looks at when hiring a new teacher applicant. An application letter, also known as a teacher cover letter, is how you introduce yourself as a teacher candidate. It allows you to convey your passion, relevant expertise, credentials, and skills in a one-page letter. Make sure you are not guilty of writing a long-winded cover letter.
Don’t make it to short; you need to communicate your value. It’s a balancing act!
Your teaching job application letter is what will convince the reader to move on to your academic teaching resume and hopefully, offer you a job interview. Therefore, it is essential you develop a hard-hitting, attention-grabbing application or cover letter that is full of relevant keywords, teaching accomplishments, and action words that prove your worth as a teacher candidate.
Formatting an application letter properly can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with technology and using word processing programs. It is best to match the resume formatting used to create your resume to keep consistent in your presentation.
Application Letter Writing Takes Time – Don’t Rush
Writing the First Paragraph of Your Academic Application Letter
The first paragraph of your teaching job application letter should address the position of interest and that you are submitting your resume for consideration. A hiring school administrator may be looking to fill several positions; therefore, it is necessary to let the reader know right away which type of position is of interest. Other topics that should be incorporated into the opening portion of your cover letter include:
• Educational credentials, i.e. Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree
• Teaching certifications and licenses
• Years of classroom experience or related expertise
If you are currently a student teacher or new classroom teacher, there is no need to include your years of experience. Instead, you will want to focus on the credentials, skills, and the commitment and enthusiasm you bring to the classroom. Including more in-depth relevant details when writing your student teacher resume will provide the reader with additional qualifications and evidence of accomplishments. Don’t go overboard with including too many specific details when writing the cover letter.
Middle Paragraph of a Teaching Job Application Letter
There are certain things within the body of your teaching job application letter you will want to include, ensuring you stand out from your competition. One of the best ways to skyrocket your resume straight to the top of the “to read” pile is by uncovering and including your teaching accomplishments.
These should be unique, quantifiable, and exceptional achievements that will impress the reader. For instance, you may have differentiated instruction in your classroom, but that is now expected of all educators. Therefore, you need to say how you were able to differentiate instruction, and what it accomplished for your students.
Teaching Application Letter Sentence Examples
“Surveying students to understand their diverse interests, and by incorporating technology and literature geared toward these, I was able to effectively facilitate all types and levels of learners, and leave students eager to learn more.”
“Integrating popular literature, innovative technology, and multidisciplinary units allows me to pique student interest, demonstrate real-world connections, and accommodate multiple intelligences.”
As mentioned before, quantifiable accomplishments are preferential to use in your educator cover letter, as they are a way of proving you are a successful teacher. Using facts and numbers are an excellent method for capturing your skills and talents in the classroom.
Examples of academic resume accomplishments:
- Incorporating a literature circle, literature-based units, and exciting group projects raised student reading levels by at least one level by the end of the school year.”
- A struggling and discontent student started the school year with a minimal passing grade of 55%. I provided after-school tutoring, individualized instruction during class time, and worked with his parents to ensure further education in the home. By the end of the school year, the same student had developed a new appreciation for school, and passed with a grade of 81%.”
However, there may be other teaching accomplishments that haven’t even come to mind yet. Once again, you don’t want to include too much, another place to communicate your authenticity is writing a teaching philosophy statement. We call this an added job search marketing document. It gets results!
Uncover Relevant Teaching Accomplishments by Answering These Questions
Have you pioneered any teaching techniques or educational programs that have proven to be a success in your school?
Were you asked to fill in for the assistant principal due to your leadership skills?
Did you receive an award from the school or district, commending you on your instructional abilities?
These are all worth mentioning in your teacher application letter and resume.
Final Paragraph Writing Ideas
Make sure you thank the reader for their time, and that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon. Address any points you feel do not fall into the standard categories (experience, credentials, achievements, strengths). You could mention you are willing to participate in extra-curricular activities and lead school sports or clubs. If, of course, this true!
Additional Application Letter Writing Tips for Educators
As mentioned earlier, your teaching job application letter should use the same format as your teacher resume. You want to maintain consistency between your documents, ensuring the hiring administrator can match them up quickly. For example, if you use a border in your application letter, make sure you use the same border in your resume. All fonts and sizes should match. Your academic credentials should also be worded in the same manner (i.e. Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education). By maintaining consistency, you will also demonstrate attention to detail and organization.
There are tons of resume and cover letter samples on the site for your review.
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