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  • 1. Applying for a Teaching Position 2008 Dr. Bob Mroz (Based in part on the work of Ray Bowers)
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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….
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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…..
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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 …..
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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)
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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