Jamie Goodwin

Cover Letter for a Teaching Position: Top Tips

Man Works on a Cover Letter for a Teaching Position

As you apply for different job openings, you need to have a polished resume and cover letter. A cover letter for a teaching position is the way that you introduce yourself to the hiring committee. To help yourself stand apart from other candidates and show the hiring committee that you’re the right person for the job, utilize these top tips.

Tailor Your Cover Letter to the Position

Study the job description and research the school website and school district website before writing your cover letter. Then, use the cover letter to show how you meet the demands of the job and add value to the school. Try to be specific, and address the person who is in charge of hiring.

Sell Yourself

Most people have a difficult time talking about their strengths and successes. However, it’s important to sell yourself in your cover letter. Discuss your strengths, talents, skills, awards, and passions. Also, talk about the students’ needs and how you can have a positive impact on them. Prove to the hiring committee that you’re a person worth bringing in for an interview.

Be Specific

Your resume outlines all of your qualifications, but your cover letter shows that you’re qualified. Elaborate on the information from your resume, using specifics and examples to really show the value that you could add to their school.

Keep Your Cover Letter Organized

Think about how you’re writing the resume. You want your personality to come through your writing. However, you also want to show that you’re a talented writer. Keep your writing organized by using short paragraphs and bullet points when necessary. As a good rule of thumb, follow this formula for organizing your cover letter.

  1. The first paragraph should include information about how you heard about the position and why you chose to apply.
  2. The next paragraphs should talk about the reasons you should get the job. This is where you should elaborate on the information from your resume.
  3. In the final paragraph, thank the person for their consideration and provide your contact information.


Before sending your resume, take a moment or 2 to read through it again. Check for issues with spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It might also be helpful to have someone else read through it to make sure that the language is strong and concise and the writing is free of typos.

This process should be followed for each cover letter that you write. If you’re applying for lots of different jobs, the process could take a little while. However, you’ll find that the extra time that you take to perfect each cover letter will help you get an interview and hopefully land a job.


  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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