Whether you are sending out resumes hoping to land your first teaching job or looking to shift to a new school or district, one fact remains the same: all the best credentials, experience, and passion will go unnoticed without a strong cover letter. The main rule? Sell yourself the way a publicist would. Imagine you have the time between the elevators close and open again on a new floor to sell yourself. Instead of rehashing everything on your resume, use the space to craft a paragraph or two that will convince them you are a stand-out candidate and are worth moving on to the next step.
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Recently a friend shared her chagrin at discovering that the closure in an email she sent with her resume to a prospective employer contained an obvious typo. The closure! What would you have advised her to do? Apologize for the typing mistake in a second email?
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By not explicitly requesting cover letters, digital application portals leave the impression this once-critical document is no longer necessary. People have been speculating for years that cover letters are dead , but is this really the case? If, despite the naysayers, cover letters are still relevant, what should they look like in ? Many applicants base the decision not to write a cover letter on the assumption that nobody reads them. As long as certain members of the recruiting community consider this document relevant, you should make it a priority.
Last Updated: March 21, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Emily Silva Hockstra. Emily Silva Hockstra is a Certified Life Coach and Career Coach with over 10 years of coaching and management experience with various corporations. She specializes in career transitions, leadership development, and relationship management.