Teacher Cover Letter Writing Guide

Cover Letters may seem like a formality, but they are much more than that! In fact, recruiters claim that 45% of resumes are rejected if not sent with a Cover Letter! You don’t want to find yourself in the group of nearly half of the applicants that are weeded out, simply because you didn’t include a Cover Letter. Crafting a well-written Cover Letter is your opportunity to impress your future employer and certainly doesn’t need to be a daunting chore. To help you get started, we’ve outlined five guidelines to follow. Make sure to read to the bottom, where you’ll find four sample Cover Letters!

Keep it Concise!

Cover Letters are designed to highlight your experience, so make sure you do just that – highlight. Refrain from detailing every accomplishment you’ve ever achieved and, instead, boil it down to the most important or relevant ones. Your intention is simply to get your foot in the door! You can always expand on your experience and achievement during an interview.

Include Keywords

As you sit down to write your Cover Letter, use the job description as a reference. Make sure to use the keywords mentioned in the descriptions to show that you are a perfect fit for the job.

Change it Up

Show schools you care about the position by tailoring your resume to the specific job. This is easier than it sounds! Once you create a general template, you can tweak certain words or phrases that you find in the job posting, or that are specific to the school district. These small changes can go a long way!

Show Your Personality

A hiring manager will likely read your Cover Letter before ever speaking with you. Use your Cover Letter as a way to introduce yourself. Highlight your accomplishments and share your passion for teaching. Remember, although it’s okay to let a bit of your personality shine through, always make sure to keep it professional.

Play Matchmaker!

Use your Cover Letter to demonstrate how you would make a great fit for their school. You want to make them believe you are precisely the teacher they’ve been waiting for. Communicate how your talents and experiences align with the culture and goals of the campus or district; you may need to research the school to do this effectively!

Cover Letter Samples

If you need some inspiration, check out these four sample Cover Letters from teachers:

ESL icon ESL Teacher Cover Letter

Why We Love It: it’s professional, communicates their passion for ESL, and includes an eye-catching bullet-pointed list.

English icon English Teacher Cover Letter

Why We Love It: it has a clever plug about taking a remote teaching course and details how success would be achieved in the classroom.

Science IconScience Teacher Cover Letter

Why We Love It: it explains why they pursued Science and demonstrates a personal connection to the community.

Spanish iconSpanish Teacher Cover Letter

Why We Love It: it’s genuine, references specific values of the school, and does a great job of building upon past experience.


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