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Writing a great cover letter


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A short guide on what to write in your cover letter.

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Writing a great cover letter

  1. 1. Your cover letter A simple guide
  2. 2. Objectives• To provide you with advice, skills and resources for advancing your career in (or out of) education• This session will enable you to structure a concise cover letter
  3. 3. The job application processCareer planning and sourcing jobs• Personal strengths and attributes; print media and online; networkingApplying for suitable jobs• Cover letter, CV, selection criteriaSecuring the right job• 1st and 2nd Interview, try-out, testing
  4. 4. Applying for suitable jobs Purpose: To get short-listed for interviewWhat Objective PerspectiveCover letter Demonstrate you can write, spell, Personal voice, sense research the school, structure a of self coherent and compelling argumentCV (resume) Detail your relevant skills, knowledge Legal document, and experience. Meet the job objective and requirements verifiableKey selection criteria Express your role-specific views Theory and clearly, provide discussion points for philosophy, backed up interview with evidence of past behaviour
  5. 5. Career planning• Consider these factors: – What am I good at? – What do I enjoy most? – What feedback do I get from others? – What has my career progression been so far? – Where do I want to be in 5 – 10 years’ time? – What do I need (to do/have/be) to get there? – What environment will support the above factors?
  6. 6. Knowing your brand Lifestyle Hopes, dreams and aspirations ImaginationLiberty Innovationregained Simplicity Passion
  7. 7. What are you known for?
  8. 8. The cover letter translatedIntroduction (2-3 lines):• This is why I am writing to you and it will be worth your while.Body (2 concise paragraphs):• I can bring the following attributes to the role. My previous achievements are an indicator of my future potential.• This is why I would like to work at your school.• Cite examples.Conclusion (2-3 lines):• By now you should want to read my CV if you haven’t already and you should be dying to meet me.• I am serious about wanting the job and want to meet you.
  9. 9. The cover letter – key points• Make it specific to the job description• Refer to the school you are applying to by name• Address it to the Principal by name e.g. Mr Wilkins• Give examples of model practice and innovative teaching styles• Address all requirements of the selection criteria• Outline your ambitions & interests• Keep to 1 page if possible, 2 for leadership positions
  10. 10. Example - IntroductionDear Dr. Hicks,I would like to apply for the position of Physicsand General Science teacher, currentlyadvertised on the SchoolJobs website. I attach acopy of my Curriculum Vitae for your reference.
  11. 11. Example – 1st paragraphIn my present role I have taught across a varietyof year levels, from Middle School to seniorclasses. I have received outstanding feedbackfrom my mentor and Head of Department, bothof whom are required to observe lessons as partof our professional learning program. Last year,3 of my final year students obtained the highestmark, and over 35% of the class achieved over80% in their final exam.
  12. 12. Example – 2nd paragraphI have played an extensive role in the co-curricular aspects of school life. For the past twoyears I have coached the Year 10 hockey team,who this season won the Premiership. Inaddition, I have accompanied numerousexcursions and provided support to the Musicand Drama departments for their major annualproductions.
  13. 13. Example – ConclusionI am now seeking a new challenge in my career,with a view to leading a Science Faculty over thecoming years. I consider myself an excellent fitfor your school’s values and strengths and hopethat you will afford me the opportunity toexpand at interview on how I would contributeto all aspects of school life and make a positiveimpact on your students’ development.
  14. 14. Conclusions• Remember, a good cover letter makes a connection between what you have to offer and what the school wants/needs.• Applying for jobs is an exercise in selling – Know what you are selling – Ensure it is what people want• If in doubt, ask someone for feedback on your application
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