How to write letters of interest for teaching positions

Written by jessica cook
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Teaching is a profession that always seems to have job openings. However, the availability of jobs does not guarantee that anyone with a teaching degree can get one. Writing a successful letter of interest can mean the difference between securing a teaching job and working in fast food for the next 10 months.

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    Address a specific person. You may be able to fill out one teaching job application for an entire district when you apply for a teaching job. However, you need to do what you can to stand out from the crowd of other teacher candidates who have done the same thing. Your letter of interest can help you do that. Go to the district's website and find out where the job openings are. Write a letter of interest for each school that is hiring for "your" position. Address that letter specifically to the principal of the individual schools; the principal is the person who will eventually hire you for the position, so you want to make sure he knows who you are. Your letter of interest may inspire the principal to go to the district and look up your application so he can call you for an interview. Otherwise, your application can get lost in the shuffle, and he may not even look at it twice before hiring someone else.

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    When you write your letter, begin by explaining how you found out about the job and why you are interested in it. Then tell why you would be the perfect person to fill that position. Explain past experiences you have had with teaching similar classes. If this will be your first teaching job, you can highlight your student-teaching experiences. Mention any past experiences you have had with the subject matter, your expertise in that area and your level of education.

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    Show how you will fit in at the school. Research the school's mission and vision and mention how you will further that mission and vision with your participation in the school. You can also mention any interests you have in coaching or helping out with extra-curricular activities. Principals like to see that you will be active in the entire school community and not only in your own classroom. Demonstrate your desire to become a part of the school's culture by showing how you will contribute to the school as a whole.

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    Include information about past discrepancies or gaps in your employment history. If you have ever been let go from a job or spent time out of work, explain it in a positive light and express your desire to move forward and your motivation to succeed in the future. Your brief explanation will help mitigate blemishes on your resume.

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    Close the letter by thanking the principal for reading it, and request an interview. Provide your contact information so he can reach you to schedule a meeting.

Tips and warnings

  • Change your letter slightly to fit the specific personality and characteristics of every job and every school.
  • Keep your letter positive and focus on your talents and strengths.
  • Do not get too wordy; keep your letter to one page.

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