Hot Tips & Topics

We are dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive collection of relevant and up-to-date K-12 education news and editorials. For teachers, by teachers.

Get a Teaching Job: Cover Letter Tips

Mario Churchill

Few professions require you to be as fearless as teaching - standing in front of a classroom of children, or worse yet, teens and try to share knowledge day in and out - yet many teachers fear the blank page that should somehow become the cover letter for their resumes.

Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil for teachers and a fear that must be overcome in order to get the desirable, or quite often better paying teaching positions that exists. If you are struggling with your teaching job cover letter, here are four sure-fire cover letter tips that will get you an interview and hopefully help you get a teaching job:

Get a Teaching Job: First Impressions Matter

When it comes to a resume cover letter, no one is going to read the resume if you don’t have their attention with the cover letter. Make sure your cover letter gets their attention from the very start for best results and keeps that attention throughout.

You do not want the reader of your cover letter skimming over the good stuff through boredom. Make your cover letter personable, interesting, and entertaining. In other words, show them who you are as much as possible in one little page.

Related Articles
The words higher order thinking spelled out in blocks.
10 teaching strategies to enhance higher-order thinking skills in your students...
Red toolbox with the words word toolbox on it.
Here are 5 teaching strategies for instructing vocabulary words to elementary...
Person drawing a brain on a wall. The brain has the words leadership written on it.
Students need to be taught critical thinking skills, which they will need to...
3 kids sitting in front of a table.
8 transformative technology in the classroom skills required of the digitally...
Teacher talking to a young student at a table in class.
7 essential whole brain teaching steps that teachers must incorporate into...

Keep Your Cover Letter on Target

Do not get sidetracked by listing all your wonderful character traits or interests that have very little to do with the teaching job. You have a limited amount of space to convince the hiring body that they need you stay focused on that goal and tell them why they need you and how you can help them.

You’ve probably heard more than once that you will never get what you are looking for unless you ask for it. Keep this in mind when it comes to cover letters. What you want from your cover letter is a job ultimately,  but initially an interview. With this in mind, ask for an interview in a prominent location during the writing of your cover letter and restate your desire for an interview near the end of your cover letter (this allows those who skim the middle of the cover letter the opportunity to see your request for an interview if they missed it the first time).

Keep Your Cover Letter Short & Sweet

Don’t rehash your resume in your cover letter. This is the mistake that other teachers are making, don’t let it happen to you.

Use your cover letter instead to tell a little about what you can bring to the table that is unique to you. Do not fill the page with the things you cover on your resume; instead, use this opportunity to succinctly state why they should bother to read your resume and invite you to interview over the other applicants vying for the same position.

Keep your cover letter short and to the point for best results. The less detail driven it becomes and the more personable it appears the more likely it is that your resume will actually be read over the others.

Keep Your Tone Conversational

Keep the language in your cover light and friendly as though you were talking to a colleague. This will create the greatest possible first impression and keep you from becoming overly dry during the course of writing your cover letter. Dry is out when it comes to cover letter these days you want something that is a little bit new and different from the others.

You should also make it sound as though you are actually excited about the opportunity for which you are applying. Enthusiasm is an excellent tool for getting the interview and if it is genuine will often get you hired over those who may be ‘more’ qualified so keep this in mind not only when creating your cover letter but also when preparing for the interview that you are sure to have after sending in your awesome cover letter.

Follow the steps outlined above and read about our interview questions for teachers and you can't go wrong. Good luck! 

Are the cover letter dos and don'ts I missed? Share in the comments section!