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!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

As a seasoned teacher who specializes in English Literature and History subjects, I am delighted to be applying for the open Teacher position with Seaside Academy. I am particularly interested in this role because I know your institution places an emphasis on preparing students for college, a feat which is important in today’s competitive academic environment.

I have been teaching for 15 years and have worked in a number of different settings including public schools, international schools, and private schools. I have been commended by my colleagues as well as my students and their parents for my ability to make even the driest subject matter engaging and fun to learn. I am skilled in classroom management and find that the key to keeping the students focuses is offering them my respect and setting clear boundaries. I take pride in building relationships with my students and getting to know their interests and struggles in order to make their learning experience as positive as possible.

In addition to my teaching duties, I often lead extra curricular activities, such as the debate club and the school newspaper. I feel that these clubs provide students with the opportunity to build their skillsets and work experience, which will serve them well through their future education and employment.

I would be honored to join Seaside Academy as it has such an excellent reputation within the country. I am passionate about the work I do and I believe that my experience and enthusiasm would help motivate and inspire your students.

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I look forward to learning more about this opportunity in the future!


How to write a 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 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