Yeah, yeah, you say. I know that the cover letter shouldn't have grammar and spelling issues. But what does it look like?
Here's an example of a cover letter. It can serve as a guide as you think about crafting your own, unique letter.
City, State Zip
(phone number or email optional)
May 10, 2011
[leave 2-3 blank lines here]
Ms. Sharon Wells
Prairie Valley Public Schools
1234 Main Street
Funtown, MN 12345
[leave 2-3 blank lines here]
Dear Ms. Sharon Wells:
It is with enthusiasm and interest that I am writing as an applicant for your current posting for a fifth grade classroom teacher for the 2011-2012 school year at Maple Ridge Elementary School in the Prairie Valley School District. My student teaching cooperating teacher, Jane Smith, encouraged me to apply for the position. Jane is happily employed at Blue Lake Elementary in your district. I am currently a student at University, where I will earn my bachelor's degree in May with a major in elementary education with licensure for K-6 and a minor in Spanish.
[This first paragraph is your chance to catch the reader's attention. If you have a connection to the district, be sure to mention it. Be clear about the position for which you are applying, and how you are qualified for that position.]
Maple Ridge Elementary is of particular interest to me because of its focus on providing all students a relevant and challenging learning experience and its commitment to promoting equity among all students. As indicated in my resume, I am completing my student teaching in Minneapolis, MN. At Minneapolis Elementary, I have been professionally challenged to meet the needs of a culturally and linguistically diverse fourth grade classroom. I believe it is important to understand the different learning styles and strengths that students bring to the classroom. Through my student teaching in this classroom, I have gained the ability to modify lessons to provide accommodations for the learning needs of all my students. An example of this is in the Earth Science unit I have developed, which includes hands-on, teacher-led, discussion-based and student-taught lessons.
[Clearly express why you want this position and how you are a good fit for the position and/or company. Highlight your relevant academic, experiential, and personal background. Focus on 2-3 specific qualifications and provide examples of how you’ve demonstrated the skills they are looking for. Use your voice to help bring life and personality to your application. But remember to be specific. Above all, clearly articulate the match between you and the desired position.]
I am eager for the opportunity to continue to pursue my passion for teaching and supporting student learning. I believe that my strong academic background in education and my minor in Spanish will complement the fifth grade position at Maple Ridge Elementary. I have included my resume, contact information for my references, and my application. I would be delighted to meet with you at your convenience. I can be reached by phone at (201) 555-5309 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to sharing how my experiences might benefit the students and families of Maple Ridge Elementary School.
[Let them know what you've included with the letter - your resume, an application, references, etc. Include your contact information again, and thank them for their consideration of your application materials. Show that you are interested in meeting with them.]
[3-4 blank lines for your signature]
Your typed name
A couple more tips for cover letters:
- Always address the letter to the specific person doing the hiring, not "To Whom it May Concern." This may mean searching the website or a phone call to the main number of the school/district. Make sure, too, that you have the correct title for this person (Ms., Mr., Dr. etc).
- Avoid using passive voice in your letter. Try to use as many strong verbs as possible.
- Stay away from using acronyms, jargon, and cliches.
Good luck as you continue crafting your cover letters!
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Are you researching tips for writing a cover letter for a new teacher with no experience? Perfect, you have come to the right place to find cover letter writing tips to put together an excellent letter for a first-year teacher with no experience in the classroom.
As a new teacher, getting your job applications together can seem like a daunting task but will pay off in the future.
Maybe you’ve finished your first-year teacher resume and are thinking, now what? Do you just send it off and wait for your phone to ring? You can wait as long as you like, but it probably won’t ring. Why? Because you forgot to include your cover letter! Or maybe you did include a cover letter or letter of intent, but it failed to wow the reader.
So to answer your burning question, “Is a cover letter as crucial as everyone says it is?” Yes! It is very important to you and your future career as a teacher!
An application letter is what introduces the job applicant to the hiring manager or human resources specialist. This document is what piques a potential school’s interest and encourages them to read the submitted resume and other supporting documents.
A cover letter for a new teacher with no experience is your one and only opportunity to make a great first impression. Therefore, you must invest time and effort into crafting an appealing and convincing cover letter that shows passion and personality! And as a new teacher, you really want to have a strong cover letter to help you gain your first teaching position.
What does a cover letter for a new teacher position contain that makes it so crucial?
Writing Tips – A Winning Cover Letter for a New Teacher with No Experience Includes:
- Education and credentials
- Years of relevant experience
- Related prior positions
- Hard skill sets
- Soft skill sets
- Transferable skills – for career changers
- Greatest strengths
- Why the job candidate would be an asset to the school or organization
- Commitment to the school
- Unique talents and/or expertise the job candidate has to move the school forward and/or help to improve student achievement
However, sometimes it’s not what’s actually written on the page that is so important, but how it is communicated.
Did you write your cover letter with passion and conviction?
Does your personality and enthusiasm for teaching shine through?
Have you sold yourself as a potential teacher, as well as a standout human being?
Your eagerness for the teaching position must LEAP off the page!
You must be able to make the reader feel just as excited as you are for this opportunity.
So, how do you sell your excitement and enthusiasm in your cover letter?
The key to developing an expressive cover letter for a new teaching job posting is to incorporate strategic words and phrases, such as
- My commitment to advancing a class of learners is…
- Based upon my academic background, I am able to utilize the latest methods …
- Colleagues would describe me as an enthusiastic, collaborative and driven team member…
- Being a diligent and results-oriented professional…
- The greatest assets I bring to the table are my unique experience, passion, and self-motivation…
- I have a proven talent for collaborating with and motivating colleagues…
- With a solid track record for building a highly driven and engaged group of learners…
When writing a cover letter for a new teaching position, it may be difficult to come up with strong sentences to sell yourself when you lack concrete teaching experience.
Here are some examples of sentences you might include to help you make a strong letter.
- Please consider this letter and enclosed resume as my official candidacy to help maintain the important and tough standards your school sets in elementary education.
- If you are looking for someone who is positive, personable, and able to perform a variety of tasks in an ever-changing environment, then look no further.
- I possess a calm attitude and a superb understanding of students’ needs.
- Family and friends always notice how comfortable their children feel with me.
- I have a tremendous love for children and will place a high standard on learning.
- I hope to instill a love of learning and a desire for constant knowledge within each student.
- Please contact me at your convenience to set up a meeting so that we may discuss in greater detail how my qualifications would best meet the needs of your educational program.
Incorporate These Items into Your Cover Letter for a New Teacher
- Greatest relevant accomplishments
- Goals for a classroom
- Teaching methods that you utilize
- Teaching style
- Quotes or testimonials
Include Greatest Relevant Accomplishments
When digging up your best accomplishments to highlight in your letter of intent, make sure they are relevant, impressive, and well-explained. They should demonstrate a certain skill such as problem-solving, critical thinking, classroom management, collaboration, etc. These professional achievements should describe what the challenge was, what action was taken, and what the result was. You can use the CAR acronym to help you write your accomplishments: Challenge, Action, Result.
If you are able to incorporate facts and figures, the better off you will be. Since facts are easy to break down and comprehend, they mean a great deal to a hiring school district. Furthermore, by using figures and expanding upon your achievements, you can concretely demonstrate your talents and skills. This means you can demonstrate that your methods directly affected students’ performance on testing. Therefore, you are able to prove your worth to the school district you are applying to.
When deciding to include a few of your most impressive accomplishments, you can incorporate them either in paragraph format in one of the body paragraphs of your letter, or by listing 3-4 accomplishments in a shorter, bullet-point format.
As a new teacher, you may think it’s difficult to come up with relevant accomplishments when you lack teaching experience; however, there are still experiences you can use to highlight your teaching related talents. These include:
Quotes/testimonials are perfect to include in a cover letter for a new teacher with no experience.
Speaking of proving your worth… incorporating quotes and testimonials into your cover letter or resume can be an invaluable tool for marketing yourself. At the bottom of your cover letter, you may want to incorporate a testimonial from a past boss, lead teacher, or professor, which demonstrates your hard work, dedication, and past performance. If you are deciding between a few different quotes to use, choose the most recent one or one that is most relevant to teaching.
Additional notes about attention-grabbing cover letters for a new or experienced teacher.
Regardless of the teaching position, you are applying for; you want to make sure your letter of intent looks tidy, professional, and well-thought-out. You should keep the document to one page in length, using appropriate titles and the correct address of the person/school of interest.
Make sure you use complete sentences and compelling wording. Do not include fluff or filler to lengthen your document – that trick will surely be noticed by the reader, and will not be held in your favor. Furthermore, ensure your document is spaced correctly and easy to read – spaces between paragraphs, or white space, is an excellent tool to make the document easier to peruse.
A Final Writing Tip When Creating Your Cover Letter for a New Teacher
Show Consistency in Your Cover Letter and Resume
For your new teacher resume and cover letter to match they must have:
- Same header/contact information at the top
- Same font style and size for the text in the body of both documents
- Same margins for both documents
- Similar content and highlights, but worded differently
After completing your cover letter for a new teacher posting, you should ensure that it is proofread by someone with an excellent standard of literacy. Even if you are confident in your abilities, it’s easy to be blind to your mistakes – always get it checked over before sending.
Hopefully, after reading through these cover letter writing tips, you now feel much more confident about writing your cover letter for a new teaching position.
Don’t let an absent or poorly written cover letter for a new teacher post hold you back from landing your dream teaching job!
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