What would you do in this situation?

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  1. cmdx

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    Hello again, everyone.

    I have a bit of a situation and was wondering what fellow job applicants would do in this particular situation.

    I'm in the process of completing an application for a district where I would really like to work. This district has 6-7 openings in my particular area. They also have a web-based application system that apparently sends your information to the administrators of the campuses at which you apply.

    My situation is, I want to address my cover letter to the principal of the particular campuses, but with the way the web-based application is set up, the application would send to all of the campuses I applied to at once.

    I guess my choices are:
    1) send the application with a cover letter addressed to the superintendent of the whole district then try and find the particular principals and email them a direct letter of interest
    2) try and submit the application 6-7 times with different cover letters each time and hope they don't overwrite each other
    3) attach 6-7 cover letters at once, each addressing the different principals

    I just want to make a good impression so I come to you for advice. What would you do?
     
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  3. Ashtrey

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    I would go with option number 1
     
  4. Mommyserenity

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    The district I really want to work for is the same way in how you go about filling out applications etc...I filled out the one that goes to the district, but I also sent individual packets of info (resume, rec letters, etc...) to the individual schools that seem to have the openings. Good luck!
     
  5. MrsKP

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    I would definitely go with option number one... if your districts are anything like the districts around here, principals won't even look at it if you've applied only at the county level. Make sure that you're all set to go at the county first and then email, deliver, or mail all of the same information to each school along with a personalized cover letter.
     
  6. emmakate218

    emmakate218 Connoisseur

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    I always do option one if I ever encounter an online application like you mentioned.
     
  7. PCdiva

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    #1 definitely!
     
  8. Mrs Ski

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    also agree with number 1
     
  9. clarnet73

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    also agree with 1.

    Principals who are looking for applicants who use the district-wide or county-wide or consortium-wide program know full well that you're not ONLY looking at their school and that you can't address your letter individually in that system... so not having it addressed specifically to them on the program isn't going to make youl ook bad.... and, at least up here, you can only attach one letter anyway- so if you try to put in 6 or 7, the only one that will "count" is the final one... same way for the applications. You can submit it multiple times, but only the most recent one is saved. You might be using a different system than we do, though. :)

    Good luck! I grew up in nashville public schools ;)
     
  10. SCTeachInTX

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    I agree with the above. All the best!
     
  11. newbie23

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    #1.
    I'm afraid if you customize it too much, there could be an opening in the future that you'd qualify for but you may have limited yourself from due to a customized cover letter. Keep everything on the county (or district) system fairly generic in terms of position you'd like to be considered for.

    As you said, you can always follow-up with a more specific email to the appropriate parties.
     
  12. deeceekids

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    I do option 1 all the time in that type of situation.
     
  13. leighbball

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    #1! :)
     
  14. teacherCA

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    Option 1!
     
  15. smalltowngal

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    #1
     
  16. cmdx

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    I've been gone on a quick trip to visit my father-in-law and just came back to see #1 is the unanimous pick. Guess I know what I will be doing Monday morning :)

    Thanks everyone!
     

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