Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position
How to Compose a Cover Letter for Your Education Job Application
Your cover letter will be the first impression you give to the hiring manager. Don’t presume your resume will speak for itself, especially if you are applying for a competitive job in education. The goal of your cover letter is to make you stand out from the rest of the applicants, and there are several ways to draft a letter that will do just that in a concise way.
See below for a sample cover letter for an education position and tips for what to include in your letter.
Before You Write Your Cover Letter
There is some prep work you should do before you write your letter. Research the school or organization that is hiring. You can use what you learn to personalize your letter. This will show that you wrote the cover letter specifically for the position they are looking to fill, and you are interested enough in the job to learn about the educational institution ahead of time. While you are researching, try to find out who exactly will be reviewing your resume.
Often, it is the head of human resources or a hiring manager, or it could be the principal of the school. Sometimes this information can be found online, within the job listing, or you may be able to contact the school using the phone number or email address provided in the job posting.
What to Include in the Cover Letter
Use a writing style that is less formal than your resume when writing your cover letter; try to show your personality.
The mission of your cover letter is to highlight you, your skills, and your accomplishments and to show your sincere interest in filling the position.
If you can find a contact person, address the person by name in the greeting of your letter.
Following the salutation, the first paragraph should include a thank you for taking the time to review your resume.
Also, explain why you are hoping to land the position and specifically name the job title in which you are applying.
Think of one or two notable reasons you feel you would be a good fit for the position. Do not be bashful and be honest; you want to come across as confident and earnest.
In the second paragraph, talk about your education and previous experiences that make you the ideal candidate for the position they are looking to fill.
Finally, the third paragraph is your closing few statements. Express your enthusiasm for the job and how you feel it will be the ideal fit. It is also okay to be assertive and say something like, “I look forward to being contacted for an interview.”
If you are sending a hard copy cover letter with your resume, don’t forget to sign it.
Here's more information on what to include in a cover letter.
Below is an example cover letter focused on an education position, you can see some of the tips mentioned above used within this letter.
Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position
87 Washington Street
Smithfield, CA 08055
Mr. John Doe
Smithfield Elementary School
Smithfield, CA 08055
Dear Mr. Doe,
Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I am applying for the Prevention Educator position because I am looking to use my degree in Elementary Education, in combination with my Concentration in Sociology, in an alternative way to a traditional teaching position.
I have had the opportunities to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities while I was student teaching for XXX College, substitute teaching in local districts, working as a Museum Educator, and as the assistant trainer at a local riding stable.
I am seeking a career that will allow me to continue working with people in many different ways. I hope you will find that I am qualified for the position you are trying to fill.
If I can provide you with any further information on my background and qualifications, please let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 555-111-1234 or via email at email@example.com.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to review my resume.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.
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12 Tips to Writing an A+ Cover Letter
Getting your resume selected and read is the first step toward securing a great teaching position. While your resume needs to be strong and well-written, you also need a perfect cover letter, or letter of introduction, to get your resume read in the first place.
1. Write a concise, yet powerful, cover letter that introduces you to the school. Be sure that your letter gives a truthful and positive picture of your experience and skills. Provide a quick rundown of your best attributes, and be sure to include some reasons why you are the best fit for the position.
2. Show your passion for teaching in your cover letter. Anyone can write a simple cover letter, but a great cover letter should show your passion and dedication to teaching. Administrators are looking for teachers who are passionate about teaching because they will make the best teachers.
3. Keep your cover letter short and to the point. Ideally, it should contain a maximum of three paragraphs, and it must fit onto one page while allowing room for your signature at the bottom of the page.
4. Pay as much attention to the teacher cover letter as you do to the resume itself. Many times, people spend days or even weeks perfecting their resume only to produce a cover letter that was thrown together in a few minutes.
5. Use colorful language to describe your qualifications. Give specific reasons why you are the right person for the position. Do be sure to make your points precisely and confidently. Make the reader want to learn more about you by reading your resume.
6. Triple check for spelling and grammatical errors. A teaching position calls for impeccable literacy skills; therefore, you need to make certain that your cover letter is always checked for errors. Always have someone else read your cover letter and check it for errors.
7. Always sign every one of your covers letter individually. Never send a copy of the letter. Administrators can tell when you’ve used a standard letter instead of writing a new cover letter. Sending a copy will give an employer the idea that you are lazy and do not care enough to produce an original document.
8. Create a new cover letter for each teaching job for which you apply. This allows you to customize the letter for each particular school. Try to include information that shows you have researched the school and know something about it.
9. Use a person’s name. It is important to try to address the cover letter to an individual rather than “To whom it may concern:” or “Dear Sir.” That you have done research to find out the correct name will impress anyone who sees your letter.
10. Try to avoid sending cover letters and resumes through e-mail. However, if you must, always include a cover letter. You can follow up by sending a paper copy through the regular mail.
11. Pay attention to detail. While the cover letter is short and precise, it should also be informative and interesting; it should provide a good sample of your capabilities. To be sure that you have a well-written, correctly spelled letter, check it, check it again, and then check it once more for information and errors. Make sure at least two other people proofread it as well.
12. For a perfect cover letter, seek professional help. Get assistance from a company that specializes in teacher resumes and cover letters. They can make suggestions and edit your cover letter to perfection. You can review samples by clicking here.
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