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 Hiring Manager,
It’s my pleasure to be applying for the open Special Education Teacher position with Seaside Secondary. With over 5 years of Special Ed teaching experience and a passion for developing integrated learning programs, I am confident I’d be an asset to your department.
In my previous role I spent 2 years working as a Special Education Teacher in a local high school. I was responsible for developing tailored learning programs for 15 students which addressed their needs and goals. I worked with both parents and other teaching staff to ensure that each student had the opportunity to participate in regular classes and received an adequate amount of personal support. I was fortunate to have the support of a teacher’s aide who helped me ensure that each student had access to additional help when it was needed.
In addition to working with students, I led workshops for teachers to help them understand how to facilitate the integration of my Special Ed students into their classes.
I’m an outside-the-box thinker, highly organized and a team player. I have honed exceptional communication skills in order to be able to communicate with parents, other educators and, of course, my students. I would love to bring this skill set to work at Seaside Secondary!
Thank you so much for taking the time to review my application. I look forward to speaking to you soon to learn more about your goals for the Special Education department.
How to write a special education 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 special education 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