Writing a cover letter to a school takes careful consideration of tone, formatting, and content. It is part of your overall first impression to a school. Use our tips below to get noticed and stand out as a top teaching candidate! Be sure to include the full name of the school within the first sentence or two of your email. As an experienced lower elementary teacher, I am very interested in the International School of Big Dream's posting for a second grade teacher. If you have already secured a position, please let your Associate know right away so he or she can note this on your file.
Your cover letter works with your CV to help an employer understand your skills, why you want the job, and why you are interested in working for them. It takes time and research to create a high quality cover letter, but once you know how to write a great one, you can market yourself effectively for any job. Start with the video here - Career Snapshot - Cover Letters to get an overview of how cover letters are structured then use the sections below and downloadable resources for further support. It will be sent along with a CV, either in an application for an advertised vacancy or when making speculative applications enquiring about a possible job or work experience opportunities.
T he classic counterpart to a CV, cover letters are standard in almost all job applications. Academic cover letters are typically allowed to be longer than in other sectors, but this latitude comes with its own pitfalls. For one, many cover letters are written as if they were simply a retelling in full sentences of everything on the CV. But this makes no sense. Selectors will have skimmed through your CV already, and they don't want to re-read it in prose form.
Sociologist Andrew Whitehead started a Twitter thread some months ago detailing his take on various stages of the academic job market. For the cover letter, he gave excellent advice. He suggested among other things, keeping it at a suggested length one and a half to two pages and avoiding jargon.