Meaningless awards and affiliations
The badges you earned while you were a Boy Scout meant a great deal at the time. But they are not relevant in an employment application. On the other hand if you were a National Merit Scholar, that deserves a line. Put that right before the entry about your Fulbright Scholarship or Rhodes Scholarship. Ok, you get the point. Anything to do with academic achievement is something to be proud of. On a private school employment application academic achievement trumps just about everything else. At a minimum it should get you an interview. Remember: you will be teaching young people who want to learn. Your strong academic performance can and will inspire your students.
Everything in your job application should support the impression which you are trying to create in the reader's mind. "This is somebody we need to interview." You will be teaching young people. They will have enough off the wall influences of their own. The school would rather hire adults who can be exemplars and role models of steadiness and resolve. Their clientele, i.e., parents, expect that and much more. Mainstream hobbies and interests will not raise red flags. Include one or two on your application. Since you are being interviewed for a teaching...
Why You Need to Project Value Private schools have historically valued staff who are well-credentialed, enthusiastic and flexible. The reason why stems from the reality that private schools have just as many staff as they need. No more. What that means is that when there are gaps in the team , for whatever reason, the school needs somebody to fill that gap competently and cheerfully. On the fly.
Indications of Value
Credentials Start with your credentials. Make certain that your academic qualifications align with the school's stated requirements as well as offering an additional specialty or two. For example, if you have a Masters in French language and literature and are applying for the school's French teacher position, it won't hurt to be proficient in Spanish or Portugese or Italian as well.
If it has been several years since you completed your formal graduate studies, be sure to offer some recent courses, workshops and seminars which you have attended. It is important to show your prospective employer that you have not stopped learning. Make sure that there is no expiration on your "Sell By" date.
Experience Experience can be an advantage. But be aware that in these very competitive times your experience could also be a disadvantage. Years ago...
Be realistic in your expectations both of the position being applied for. More importantly you must understand that finding a teaching position in a private school takes some planning and effort. If you are not prepared or cannot invest the required
time and effort, then you need to consider other options.
Finding a teaching job is not like searching for a managerial or sales job. Those kinds of jobs in the business world are open throughout the year. Teaching positions on the other hand begin in the late summer or the begging of the academic year and end in the late spring or at the end of the academic year. In order to secure a teaching position for next fall you need to begin the process in November or December at the latest. Contracts are renewed in February and March in most schools. You want to be in a position...
Strictly speaking, a letter of interest is used when you are inquiring about a position or positions which have not been specifically advertised by the school. You will, however, find letter of interest and cover letter used interchangeably.
A cover letter is the letter which you send along with your application, resume and whatever supporting materials the school has specified.
Why do the two letters seem to be the same thing and have the same use? Simply because employers don't always know which one to ask for. Consequently they will ask for a letter of interest when they really mean a cover letter. Here's how to write each kind of letter.
The Letter of Interest Strictly speaking, as we noted above, a letter of interest is what is called in the trade a 'prospecting letter'. No specific job has been advertised at the school to which we plan to send a letter of interest. It just happens to be an institution in which you are very interested. You also feel that your credentials and experience might be a good match for the school's requirements. So you are writing a letter of interest which is unsolicited.
Follow this guide to produce a letter of interest. Don't simply copy and paste letters which you see on the web. Always edit and customize...
1. It is presented in the format which we specified.
Following instructions is a trait most employers value. As a result, a simple thing like following the instructions for how to apply for the job opening at our school is going to speak volumes about you. We use a standardized application form at our school in order to comply with all sorts of legal requirements. So, if you use something other than the form we specify, your chances of making the first cut are fairly slim. Some schools will let you choose the application format. Others are very specific. Follow each school's instructions to the letter.
For example, this school wants you to apply via email in a format you choose. "Please send resume to email@example.com with “Journalism” in the subject line."
This school wants you to send a formal application via snail mail: "Candidates for all faculty positions should send a letter of interest, resume, a list of three references and academic transcripts"
Yet another school cautions applicants: "Please do not submit any documents in PDF format."
The important thing for you to remember is that each school is unique. It does things its way. That, after all, is the essence of being a...