In the field of education, the cover letter is just as, if not more, important than the resume in the application process. There are several reasons that this is the case; failing to understand the importance of this document will essentially prevent any chance you may have had for further contact with the potential employer. The purpose of this article, then, is to explain exactly why this letter is so integral to the education field with the hopes that you will be encouraged to put as much time and effort into the writing process as you do with your resume.
Probably the most compelling reason to take the time to write a “good” cover letter is the current unemployment rate in our country. Unfortunately, in times of economic downturn, education is often one of the hardest hit sectors, and this time is no different; there are fewer and fewer teaching jobs, and those that are have hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants. This first contact with a school district has to make a positive enough impression to encourage them to look at your resume instead of someone else’s, which hopefully will lead to an interview, and possibly, a new job.
Education is a field that requires a certain degree of communication skills; a well-thought out cover letter is an easy way to show a prospective employer that you posses those necessary skills. If you present a letter that contains spelling or grammatical errors, or provides too little or too much information, chances are, you won’t get that interview. If the position you are applying for requires you to “teach” information to students, you have to be able to communicate your thoughts in a coherent and appropriate manner.
Your cover letters are also important as an opportunity to express some of your personality (i.e. up-beat, motivated, etc.) to the person reading the document. If you come across as passive or timid, or even arrogant, you probably won’t get a call. Use action rather than passive verbs and avoid “bragging” about your accomplishments.
Source by Linda Addyson