Sample Cover Letter for a School Position

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Your cover letter will be the first impression you give to the hiring manager. Don’t presume your resume will speak for itself, especially if you are applying for a competitive job in education. The goal of your cover letter is to make you stand out from the rest of the applicants, and there are several ways to draft a letter that will do just that in a concise way.

Before You Write Your Cover Letter

There is some prep work you should do before you write your letter. Research the school or organization that is hiring. You can use what you learn to personalize your letter. This will show that you wrote the cover letter specifically for the position they are looking to fill, and you are interested enough in the job to learn about the educational institution ahead of time. While you are researching, try to find out who exactly will be reviewing your resume. 

Often, it is the head of human resources or a hiring manager, or it could be the principal of the school. Sometimes this information can be found online, within the job listing, or you may be able to contact the school using the phone number or email address provided in the job posting. 

What to Include in the Cover Letter

Use a writing style that is less formal than your resume when writing your cover letter; try to show your personality. The mission of your cover letter is to highlight you, your skills, and your accomplishments and to show your sincere interest in filling the position.

If you can find a contact person, address the person by name in the greeting of your letter. Following the salutation, the first paragraph should include a thank you for taking the time to review your resume. Also, explain why you are hoping to land the position and specifically name the job title for which you are applying.  

Think of one or two notable reasons you feel you would be a good fit for the position. Do not be bashful and be honest; you want to come across as confident and earnest. In the second paragraph, talk about your education and previous experiences that make you the ideal candidate for the position they are looking to fill.  

Finally, the third paragraph is your closing few statements. Express your enthusiasm for the job and how you feel it will be the ideal fit. It is also okay to be assertive and say something like, “I look forward to being contacted for an interview.” If you are sending a hard copy cover letter with your resume, don’t forget to sign it.

Below is an example cover letter focused on an education position, you can see some of the tips mentioned above used in this letter.

Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position

This is an example of a cover letter for a school position. Download the school position cover letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Sample Cover Letter for an Education Position (Text Version)

Gloria Lau
87 Washington Street
Smithfield, CA 08055
555-555-5555
gloria.lau@email.com

September 1, 2018

Ms. Rachel Lee
Smithfield Elementary School
123 Main Street
Smithfield, CA 08055

Dear Mr. Doe,

Thank you for taking the time to review my resume. I am applying for the Prevention Educator position because I am looking to use my degree in Elementary Education, in combination with my Concentration in Sociology, in an alternative way to a traditional teaching position.

I have had the opportunities to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities while I was student teaching for Acme College, substitute teaching in local districts, working as a Museum Educator, and as the assistant trainer at a local riding stable.

I am seeking a career that will allow me to continue working with people in many different ways. I hope you will find that I am qualified for the position you are trying to fill. 

If I can provide you with any further information on my background and qualifications, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 555-555-5555 or via email at gloria.lau@email.com

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to review my resume.

Sincerely,

Gloria Lau (signature hard copy letter) 

Gloria Lau

Sending an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message. Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.