A letter of intent is something that a school district may ask candidates to send to a school to indicate their interest in an administrative position. If you are seeking a position as an assistant principal, chances are you will have to apply with the school district. Then you can send the district or the specific school a letter of intent to let them know that you have filled out the application and would like to be considered for the position.
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Address the letter to a specific person. If you sent your application and resume to the school district or school board office, the principal at the school where you would like to work will not necessarily see them. So you should address a letter of intent to that principal, telling him that you intend to apply for the position at his school. It might also be helpful to provide him with a copy of your resume If he likes what he sees, he can contact the district or board office about interviewing you for the position. You can also send your letter of intent to the hiring or human resources manager at the district office. This is especially useful if you submitted your application online; a printed letter might reach the right person more directly than an online form.
Briefly describe why you chose that school, district or position. This shows that you have researched the job and, if hired, will come into the position with at least a basic understanding of what it requires. Every school is unique; mention the specific programs or activities at this school that enticed you to apply for the position.
Mention your past experience and education. Show why you qualify for this job, and how your previous experience as a teacher or administrator will help you with this job. Showcase any honours you have received at this time as well.
Express your enthusiasm for further involvement. Close your letter by telling the recipient that you hope to hear back soon about an interview opportunity. After one week has elapsed since sending the letter, if you have not heard from the school or district, call to see if they received it and ask for an interview. This will help to reinforce the letter of intent.
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