Dear Mr. Boswell,
I am writing to apply for the position of School Superintendent with the Sweet Valley School District. I am an educator with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. The past eight of those years have been spent in administrative roles.
In my current position as School Superintendent with the Dean Township School District I oversee the daily workings of ten separate school buildings handle the budgets for the entire district manage serious personnel issues and act as a school representative in the community. Organization and attention to detail are the keys to my success; I am adept at staying on top of meetings and turning in reports on time. In addition I value communication and strive to keep my staff on the same page. I have strong conflict resolution and critical thinking skills and am able to handle issues with professionalism when they arise. I have earned the respect of colleagues for my quick thinking and level head. I would truly like to bring my professionalism dedication and knowledge to the team Sweet Valley as your School Superintendent.
I am confident that I am a superior candidate for the position of Sweet Valley School District Superintendent and look forward to meeting with you to discuss my qualifications in depth. Please reach out to me by phone or email to schedule an interview. I thank you for your time.
Your cover letter is an opportunity to make your application stand out, as well as address and highlight desirable skills the school district seeks. Rather than reiterating the content on your resume, write a cover letter that is fresh and adds something new to your application. Personalize each cover letter to the school district and teaching position you are applying for.
Address your cover letter to the person who will be reading it. This information may be listed in the job listing itself, but if it is not, you can ask the school district for the name of the individual who will receive your application. Sometimes applications are reviewed by a committee. In this case, where the names are not available, address the letter to the hiring committee. In cases where no information is available, address the letter to the school principal or the human resources manager. Just remember, the more specific the better -- avoid "to whom it may concern."
Every employer seeks specific qualifications. These are listed in the job listing, but to make your cover letter really stand out, do a little research into the school's culture and vision. Read the school's mission statement and find out what is important to the school by researching their website. Read the resumes of existing teachers at the school, if these are publicly available online. Highlight keywords and trends you notice and integrate these into your cover letter and explain how you fit in. For example, some schools value research-based methods, national standards and diversity.
The cover letter is your chance to address information not addressed on your resume, or to explain any questions your resume may allude to. For example, a gap in employment or related experience gained from hobbies or interests. Review your resume critically and ask yourself what questions or concerns someone reading it may have. Address any areas you identify in a positive manner that strengthens your overall application. And most importantly, highlight your teaching experience with specific examples. New teachers can highlight transferable skills gained from experience other than teaching.
Ask for consideration and for an interview. Show your enthusiasm for the position by telling the employer you are eager to meet with her and discuss your qualifications in person. Make your contact information clear and correct. Mention your intention to follow up with the school district after a few days to make sure it is received and to inquire about the timeline for the review process.
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