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nessal 03-25-2008 09:04 AM

Writing a Cover letter
I am applying for some jobs in a few school districts that I have already sent application packet to last year. Many of the districts state that all you need to do is sent a cover letter stating your interest in the job openings. But how do I word it in my cover letter that they already have my application packet on file. Can anyone help?

mentorteach 03-25-2008 03:53 PM

I would not resend the cover letter/resume packet to the district offices. Instead, go on the websites and get the addresses of the individual schools. Make a mailing label list of the principals and schools. Change the name and a few small details in your cover letter to seem as if each principal is getting a cover letter tailored to their school's needs (thank God for cut-and-paste). Include 2-3 letters of recommendation and a color photo collage of you while teaching, children you taught while student teaching (pref. active ones showing cooperative group work, etc.). Include a business card with all of your information. IT WORKS; the principals call personally to set up an interview because they don't need to use HR and waste time---I have gotten jobs every time!

SophieSun 03-25-2008 05:36 PM

Good suggestions!
I agree with you about not sending the same cover letter as the application packet. I am currently rewriting my cover letter to send to each individual principal. I am a little unsure of my approach but I'm going to try it--my application cover letter was very traditional. To make this "second" letter stand out, I am using bold type and bullets. I have studied the job qualifications and tailored the letters to address the desired needs. I had not thought of a business card or photo collage--easy to do and great idea. Thanks, Mentorteach!
PS. What do you think about my idea of bold type and bullets? I value your opinion.

mentorteach 03-25-2008 06:36 PM

As long as it isn't overdone, I think bold print and bullet points work.

Dear Principal Smith,

As an experienced educator is grades 3, 4, 5, I am confident I can meet the individual needs of students in the Bell School community. As you will read in the enclosed resume, I have earned the highest marks and evaluations possible from.... My former principal will attest that parents and students alike praised the cohesiveness of my classroom environment, in which there was also evidence of...

My qualifications include....

During my most recent six-year tenure at ________, I received an second master's degree in gifted education and became the district's Specialist in Differentiation. Since deciding to relocate back to Antarctica, my home state, ...

My application is on file with the _________ district, and all of my credentials are in order. If given consideration for a placement at _________________, ...

scottsub 04-04-2008 07:15 PM

short and sweet...
a cover letter shouldn't be a resume in paragraph form. just make sure to address the HR director for the district... state your goals etc...

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