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]

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

It is my pleasure to be applying for the open Teaching Assistant position with Seaside Elementary that I saw advertised on resume.com. I believe my upbeat, collaborative attitude and three years of experience as a Teaching Assistant make me a top candidate for the role.

For the past three years I have been a Teaching Assistant for a kindergarten class in a local private elementary school. In this role I was responsible for helping my teacher develop lesson plans and prep teaching materials. I also helped student with the coursework and helped my teacher manage the classroom. Working closely with the students helped me get to know each of their individual needs and offer insight and advice to the teacher and school administration so that we could better support their learning. I believe this is the most rewarding and important part of being a Teaching Assistant: helping students make the most out of their education.

I am highly organized and a team player. I am skilled at coming up with new ways to explain problems or teach lessons. Over the years I have received recognition for the level of support I provide to both my teacher and my students. I work hard to make school fun and rewarding for each of my students and I have been highly successful!

I would love the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm for education and my dedication to young learners to Seaside Elementary. I really appreciate you taking the time to review my application and I hope to speak with you soon regarding an interview.

How to write a teaching assistant 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 teaching assistant
  • 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