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Sample cover letters are a fantastic tool but they can also be extremely detrimental to your job search if they aren t used properly! Every single day far too many people decide to sit down to write their cover letter look up a few cover-letter samples and go to work. The only problem is they re doing it wrong and its costing them jobs! In this article we ll find out exactly what they re doing wrong and how to do it right in order to ensure you get hired! So what exactly is the big mistake all of these people are making? Simple they re treating the sample letters as templates and not as samples.
Using the persons name will catch their attention especially when so many others are too lazy to try and find that piece of information. Follow that up by mentioning which specific teacher s position you are interested in. Show that you are after something specific not just any job that comes along. Educators know that for a teacher to be effective they need to engage the students and make the subject interesting. If you want the chance to do that you better be able to make yourself sound interesting. How can you make history come alive if you can not even make yourself come alive? When you discuss your qualifications to be a teacher be sure to use language that conveys your passion for teaching. If there are certain parts of teaching that you truly love say so.
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What I mean is show the hiring manager how much you understand about her and her needs. You re in a similar industry after all. Point out the parallels - explicitly. "Last year we were so overworked four accountants took early retirement. How about your staff?" After you ve established some identification with the recruiter show her what you can do for her. "Well while we couldn t stop them from leaving I could do this... and a surprising thing happened. Of course we d need to talk about how that translates from government to a private firm." Now you re the trusted advisor instead of one more applicant begging for a job.
As more of us have advanced qualifications and certifications it is the letter that you send with your application that can make the biggest difference. After all it is this that will play a role in determining whether you get called for an interview. Usually it is attached to the front of the resume and so is read by the recruiter prior to your CV being studied. There are plenty of sample cover letters you could download for free online. Before doing so you should understand what characteristics your letter should embody. Never underestimate the value of taking your time when compiling your thoughts.