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!
Dear Mrs. Graham,
It is with great pleasure that I am applying for the Preschool Teacher position at ABC Preschool. Ever since I can remember, I have loved kids. The day my younger brother was born, my mother says she knew I was meant to be in a classroom.
As you can see from my CV, I have valuable experience in childcare and as a preschool teacher. In my previous role at Crane & Jacobs Preschool, I was responsible for creating exciting and engaging curriculum for preschoolers, ages 2-5 years old. I am an energetic and warm individual who has a passion for enriching the lives of children and I can be relied upon to turn them into lifelong learners.
During my five year tenure at Crane & Jacobs Preschool, I was praised for my "can do attitude" and my ability to swiftly connect with new students in my classroom. I have a dual degree in Art and Early Childhood Education, so I often use visual learning techniques to supplement traditional textbook teaching.
In addition to the academics required by the state, I also work hard to ensure that the children are mentally and emotionally prepared for advancing to the next level of their education.
Finally, I would like to say I have heard excellent reports about your school, and am keen to be part of your winning team. I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to speaking with you soon!
How to write a preschool teacher 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 the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the preschool teacher
- Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
- End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
- Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length