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John Invernizzi, Ph.D.
Cover Letter Sample-E

Cover Letter for an Elementary School Teaching Position

APA Style:  Invernizzi, J. (2010). "Cover Letter Sample for an Elementary Teaching Position." Retrieved May 12, 2013, from EducationDx, USA. Web site: [Updated, May 12, 2013.]
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Here are some tips--the sample follows below.

A cover letter to get that job!

     A cover letter or job application letter  is a letter written to a prospective employer to express your interest in and qualifications for a position.  It accompanies your résumé  or curriculum vitae, serves as an introduction to your résumé/curriculum vitae, and provides additional information.

     You should include a cover letter even if the job posting  doesn't specify that one is necessary.  Your cover letter should be customized for each position that you seek, although you could use the same basic pattern if it is for the same job title. 

     Do not mention salary in the cover letter, unless the ad source specifies to do this.  Your job will probably be "as per contract," although you may have some qualifications like experience and a graduate degree that may generate additional compensation.

     Remember, this cover letter is to get your "foot in the door."  Don't state your whole life history; just mention some things that might make you stand out from other candidates.  Don't recap your résumé here, but you can make some references to it if you have an eye catcher  or something that points out your work habits, e.g., received the "employee of the year award" while working at ____ or  the "social service award" from the _____.

     Keep your cover letter brief--remember this is a tease !  Administrators don't have time to read short stories; the details are in your résumé or curriculum vitae.  Brief cover letters may be read completely, while long boring ones might be "scanned."  Use this space wisely!

look over other cover letters to get more ideas. There are many acceptable styles and templates to follow.  Find one that you feel confident using!