When it comes to writing a teacher cover letter, there are many ways that these can be fouled up. This is because there is much more to writing a teacher cover letter than writing cover letters for other professions as well. While many teachers have the verbal ability to write well, they may not have the skill set to write resumes and cover letters. Resumes are much easier to put together than cover letters are to write. There are thing you must know as a teacher to write an effective teacher cover letter if you want to impress the hiring manager at the school you are applying to. Without knowing these things, you may end up waiting around for jobs that never materialize because you did not write or format your cover letter properly.
• Word Usage –
While you may have the skills to write a highly verbose cover letter using ten letter words, you should really think about the acronym ‘KISS’. KISS stands for keep it simple stupid. This should be your thought when writing your teacher cover letter. Keep it simple. Just because you know all the big words does not mean that you have to use them. You do not impress anyone and in fact, many feel that you are overplaying your hand by using them. The recruiter who is reading your cover letter may not be in the teaching profession and you could lose their interest very quickly if they have to get out the dictionary for every other word. Write your cover letter for the person who is reading it, not to show off your skills.
• Writing Style –
Again, you want to keep this simple. You do not want to use a bunch of colons and semi colons. There is no need to get very intricate with grammatical styling when it is much easier for the recruiter to read a plain and simple sentence. You can impress all you want when you go to the interview.
• Content –
Make sure you begin your first paragraph with information about you. Do not bother with pleasantries or anything like that. They are not needed and are a waste of paper and the interviewer’s time. This is an introduction from you to the recruiter and you want to get straight to the point. Make sure you highlight all of your assets and skills within the entire document. The cover letter is the first thing and in some cases the only part of the resume that is read initially.
When you have completed your cover letter, make sure to go over it and make sure that all of the verbiage is easy to understand. You want to have short and simple sentences so as not to talk over any person who is reading it. The content needs to be full of information about you and when possible, you need to address each cover letter to the individual that reads it. The hiring manager or principal of the school you are applying to would be a good choice.