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How do you write a letter of interest for a teaching position?

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In a letter of interest for a teaching position, include topics like the reason for an interest in the position, specific examples of qualifications as well as experience and a "thank you" paragraph with contact information. A letter of interest can be written in response to a current job opening or to inquire about future employment.

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A letter of interest is also known as a cover letter. The letter should be no more than one page and should interest a prospective employer enough to read the enclosed resume.

  1. Address the letter to the right person
  2. Before sending in the letter of interest, be sure it is addressed to the right person. A generic "To Whom It May Concern" is not acceptable. If necessary, contact the school to get a name.
  3. State the reason for the interest
  4. Mention how the job opening was discovered. If this is just a general letter of interest, state the reason for the desire to work at that school.
  5. List qualifications and experience
  6. Next, the letter writer should pinpoint specific qualifications and past experience that makes him or her an ideal candidate. Special awards or honors can be listed also.
  7. End with a thank you
  8. The closing paragraph should be short and sweet, thanking the reader for their time. Be sure to include contact information, such as a phone number and email address.
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