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    • Applying for a Teaching Position 2008 Dr. Bob Mroz (Based in part on the work of Ray Bowers)
    • General Considerations
      • General letter of application to a school board vs. a specific letter of application to a board or a school
      • One size does not fit all (need to adapt)
          • Board vs. School
          • One school vs. another school
          • One position vs. another position
      • Make sure you have the correct name, position and address
      • Some ads may have a posting number, if so, note this in the letter
      • Personal Style
          • Style needs to reflect who you are
          • Your philosophy should come through
      • Edit and re-edit the letter. Have someone else edit the letter. Minimum 3 edits.
    • Responding to the Advertisement
      • Read it very carefully and respond as requested
      • Send exactly what is asked for
      • Honour the closing date and time
      • If it is a specific position, make sure your letter and resume include “key words” from the Advertisement
    • Format
      • Business letter format
      • Written in paragraphs
      • One page maximum
      • Size 11 to 12 font
      • Number of Paragraphs 3 to 4
      • Any one (1) paragraph should not be more than six (6) lines long
      • The longest paragraphs should be the middle one or two paragraphs
      • The shortest one being the final, summation paragraph.
      • The idea is to make the document brief and easily readable while still demonstrating a professional, thoughtful manner.
    • Address
      • Address letter to the intended person
      • Ensure the return address is the same as the one on your resume
      • 1842 King St. E.
      • Hamilton, ON
      • L8K 1V7
      • January 5, 2008
      • Mr. Bob Frost
      • Superintendent, Human Resources
      • Nowhere District School Board
      • Nowhere, ON A1B 2C3
    • Covering Letter Format (Ideas will vary)
      • Opening Paragraph
          • Lets the employer know what position(s) you are applying for
          • Responding to an AD, or making a general application
          • Identify the position sought or preferred areas of teaching
          • If you will be taking (registered – no may’s or might’s) an additional qualifications course you can note it at the end of this paragraph
    • 1 st Paragraph - Samples Only
      • Please consider this as an application for a full time teaching position with your Board. I am currently a teacher candidate in the Intermediate/Senior program at Brock University. (Modify this with subjects you want to teach or are qualified to teach)
      • In the Spring of 2009 (or be more specific) I will complete my Bachelor of Education from Brock University. I am looking forward to beginning my career as a teacher and would welcome the opportunity to teach for… Please consider this letter as an application for…..
      • It is with great excitement as teacher new to the profession that I submit my application for a teaching position with your Board. I am seeking a position as ….
      • I am a determined and energetic beginning teacher who is interested in a teaching position….. I will be graduating in June 2009 and I am interest in….
    • Covering Letter Format (Ideas will vary)
      • Second Paragraph
          • Knowledge of employer (DO YOUR HOMEWORK)
          • Demonstrate some knowledge of the prospective employer
          • Why you want to work for this board and/or school
          • Show in this paragraph how you can connect to the board and/or school
          • If you are applying to a Catholic Board you can speak to the faith dimension OR
          • If you are applying to a Public or Catholic Board speak to your practice teaching in a diverse community .
          • This paragraph is also one you can let them know (if applicable) that you were a graduate of the school system OR you had the opportunity to practice teach….build this up a little
    • 2 nd Paragraph – Samples Only
      • Becoming a contributing member of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board learning community is of great interest to me. In keeping with the Board’s vision, I am committed to helping all students reach their full potential…….
      • Being a graduate of …….secondary school, my interest in teaching for the NAME Board originates from my love of the community I grew up in and the proximity to my family and friends. I value the education I have received which has enabled me…..I would now like to give back…..
    • Covering Letter Format (Ideas will vary)
      • Third Paragraph
          • Speak to some of the personal characteristics you have to offer
          • How you can contribute to the learning community
          • Make a connection to something you might have already done
    • 3rd Paragraph –Samples Only
      • I am committed to creating an inclusive and flexible classroom learning environment and will work hard to be a dedicated teacher who contributes to the life of the school. I have experience in ….and would love to be involved in….
      • I am a confident and determined individual with a wide range of skills including….NAME them. I would love to contribute to helping students identify their own interests and passions especially in the areas of …..
      • I am confident and qualified to take on the challenges that teaching offers and I am committed to helping each student become a successful learner. I am eager to contribute to the learning community of a school through sharing my skills and expertise in …..
      • I am certain that my enthusiasm for challenging students, my knowledge of a variety of learning methods and my dedication to helping each student be successful would be an asset to your school. In addition, I am eager to contribute to the learning community of a school through sharing my skills and expertise in …..
    • Covering Letter Format (Ideas will vary)
      • Closing Paragraph
          • Concise summary statement
          • Request for interview
          • Contact information (include summer if possible)
      • Closure
          • Sincerely yours OR respectfully submitted
          • Type your name and sign over it
    • Closing Paragraph - Samples
      • I have enclosed my resume and application for your consideration. I would welcome the opportunity for an interview. I may be reached at…….phone number or numbers (Same as resume). Thank you for consideration of this application.
      • I am confident that I can be an asset to a school and most importantly the students. I welcome an opportunity for an interview. I may be reached at…….phone number or numbers (Same as resume)
    • Things Not To Do
      • Use tiny font to squeeze letter on to one page
      • Do not rewrite your resume
      • Avoid quotes. Use your thoughts and information
      • Do not use “I think”, “I might”, “Maybe”
      • Do not use abbreviations, acronyms or jargon
    • Lessons from the Three Bears
      • Do not sound stiff, stuffy or like you copied the words from a script
      • Do not over do it and sound gushy. Don’t get caught up in your words
      • Be you . Let them sense you are about kids, learning, you care, you can work with others, and, you will contribute to the learning community
      • Do not open or close with personal
      • comments even if you know the person
      • Do not wish them well or happy holidays
    • Phone Message
      • Make sure the phone message you have is appropriate
      • If someone else is answering the phone have a message pad available to make sure they write down the correct information
      • Suggest how the phone might be answered especially around critical times in the application process
    • Making Career Decisions
      • Employment Considerations
          • Location of your choice
          • Fulltime, Part time, Occasional
          • Subject and grade preferences
          • Board needs and openings
          • Public (60%), Catholic (25%), French Language (10%), Private (5%)
      • Personal Considerations
          • Family
          • Lifestyle/Environment
          • Access to interests