What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!
Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:
- Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
- Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
- Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
- Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
- How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
- Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
- Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
- Have you proofread your cover letter?
- Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
[Your Name] September 17, 2019
- [Phone Number]
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Academic Teacher with EdgeWater College.
I possess a bachelor’s degree in secondary school teaching where I specialized in teaching English, science, and history. After graduating from school, I began my academic career as an assistant professor at ABC College, where I have been working for the past three years.
My typical class sizes range from 30 to 40 students. Each semester, I teach an average of three courses, all of which I create curriculum for.
I am passionate about engaging with students in new, innovative ways. Rather than lecturing for an entire class, I try to involve my students in interactive activities and Q&A sessions. I have found this to be very impactful with my students who nominated me as ‘Teacher of the Year’ last year.
Your Academic Teacher position excites me because your smaller class sizes would allow me to interact with each student more personally. I also love your school’s vision statement and philosophy.
I have attached my resume to this application for you to review and am available to interview at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!
How to write an academic cover letter?
- Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
- Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
- Mention where you found this opportunity and your interest in it
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you are a great candidate
- Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing your application in more detail
- End the cover letter with an appropriate sign-off and your full name
- Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length