What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

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!
September 17, 2019

[Your Name]

Dear Hiring Manager,

As a teacher with over 10 years of experience I am thrilled to be applying for the Substitute Teacher position with Seaside Elementary School. I believe my experience and my passion elementary education make me a strong candidate for the position.

I have been teaching for 12 years in elementary classrooms throughout the county, most recently I was a full-time kindergarten teacher. In this role I was responsible for developing lesson plans, evaluating students’ ability to meet learning objectives and managing classes of up to 20 children. In addition, I coordinated extra-curricular activities, such as the seasonal school musical.

I love teaching at an elementary level because it gives me the opportunity to create an engaging and positive learning environment for students to begin their schooling careers. I have received praise from both parents and administrators for my engaging lesson plans and ability to build trust with my students.

I am highly organized and adaptable, and I really love what I do! With this in mind, I believe I’d make a fantastic addition to your staff. I thank you for your consideration and I look forward to learning more about what you look for in a Substitute Teacher.

[Your Name]

[Phone Number]

How to write a substitute 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 substitute 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