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The Cover Letter

The purpose of the cover letter is to let the administrator know what kind of job you're looking
for, your connections and/or interest with his or her school, to point out why you are the teacher
to hire, and when and how you will follow up on your letter. Keep it very short, refer to your
resume, and indicate where and when you can be reached for an interview. Ask for an interview
and write the letter as if you anticipate talking with him or her soon. If you have already made
contact with the administrator, refer to your talk to refresh his or her memory. The cover letter
lets you be creative and direct in describing your talents and interests. A well-written cover letter
may be the best tool you have to influence an employer who is swamped with resumes that you
are an applicant worth considering. Your cover letter should be an original document written
specifically for each employer.
Usually, a cover letter contains three parts: the introduction, the body and the closing. Make
sure you keep your letter to one page! If your letter is longer, you are probably saying too much.
The first paragraph should tell the employer who you are and for what position you are applying.
This opening paragraph should generate interest and make the employer want to read your
resume. Aim for a brief two or three sentence paragraph.
The body of the letter should highlight your qualifications, refer to the most relevant parts of
your resume and add supplemental information. Use a bulleted list to highlight your key skills.
If you have relevant work experience or related education, be sure to point it out. In this
portion, use one or two paragraphs, four or five sentences each, which communicate how you
will be of value to the employer.
To conclude your letter, make a summary statement and indicate your interest in an interview.
Indicate what action you will take to initiate an interview date, i.e. will call within specified time
period, look forward to meeting with them at a job fair, will be visiting area during specific time
period and would like to make an appointment, or will call after the application deadline to
inquire about the interviewing schedule. Close your letter with a thank you statement.
Your letter should be flawless: no smudges, typos, grammatical or punctuation errors, etc. Use
paper matched to your resume and envelope. Don’t forget to sign your name.

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