How to Write a Cover Letter

How to Write a Cover Letter
When you apply for a position at a private school, you need to use a slightly different approach than you would use if you were applying for a sales job somewhere.
Applying for a job at a private school is a little different from posting your resume on Monster.com as you would do if you were seeking a position in the business world. One of the things which is different is the presentation of your application materials.

Here are a couple of examples of the conservative, old-fashioned approach to applying for a job most private schools still use.

From Andover:

Director, Mathematics and Science for Minority Students or (MS)2

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript and two letters of reference.

From Hotchkiss:

Candidates for all faculty positions should send a letter of interest, resume, list of three references, and academic transcripts
 
Preparing the Cover Letter

The cover letter or letter of interest is always one page in length. It must be crafted carefully and free of typos.  Follow these guidelines:

  • Use a plain white paper. This does not have to be a fancy vellum or parchment type of paper.
  • Center your letter perfectly on the page.
  • The letter is typed using Microsoft Word or similar program.
  • Use a plain font such as Arial.
  • The font size should be 12 points.
  • Print the final copy using a laser printer as laser jet ink smudges.
  • Use the address indicated on the school's employment page.
  • Create a customized cover letter for each position applied for.
  • Put the cover letter and your documentation in a large envelope so that you do not have to fold the materials.
Here's an example of a cover letter:

51 Grove Street
Peoria, IL 61602

November 3, 2008

Dr. Virginia Felton-Smith
Dean of Faculty
St. Monica's School For Girls
1 Academy Lane
Smithfield, NC 27305

Dear Dr. Felton-Smith,

Please find enclosed my application and supporting materials for the position of Latin Teacher at St. Monica's School For Girls.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

Jennifer Davis

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