Cover letter...necessary?

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  1. newbie0809

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    I was just wondering because this is my first year of teaching and all I used last year was just a resume and references...Will schools be looking for one?

    ..btw if anyone would like to help review my resume it has dwindled down to page 2 in the forum.
     
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    I suppose to could say a cover letter isn't necessary, but seeing as it can't hurt you and it could only help if needed, you would be wise to include a cover letter when you send a resume.
     
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    YES, it's necessary.

    It's your only chance to show any sort of personality-- to set yourself apart from everyone else with the same general experience and certification as you.
     
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    i agree with aliceacc - a resume is basically just a fact sheet - nothing to let them know you as a person. it is supposed to elaborate on your resume and WHY exactly you are the PERFECT candidate for them.

    i think my application packet would be naked without one!
     
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    What is a good format/layout for a cover letter? What's supposed to be included?
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    I would do a 1st paragraph stating what job you're applying for, and what your certification is.

    And a last paragraph with contact info and a thank you.

    And a few paragraphs in the middle describing why YOU are the candidate they're looking for. Why should they hire YOU over ME?
     
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    I used my cover letter, to sell myself and to also express a level of interest in not only the grade, but also the school district. Anything you can do to draw interest in having the reader want to contact you and read your resume, is a good start.
     
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    :agreed:


    I used the cover letter to show off the research I had done on the school and the district. They hired me, so...it works.

    MathManTim
     

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