Recruiters for teaching posts place great emphasis on the cover letter and
will expect you to go into a much higher level of detail than the ‘average’
cover letter, particularly for the more senior vacancies.
It is a good idea to briefly summarise your academic qualifications, high-
lighting any that are linked to your specialist subject area. Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) is of course very important in teaching
– and your cover letter is a good opportunity to elaborate further on any
additional training, including INSET (In-Service Education and
Training) days.You can then go on to emphasise significant achievements
such as positive Ofsted inspections or record exam results.
Whilst you will no doubt have covered this in your CV, it is also worth
making brief mention of your involvement in extracurricular activities.
Recruiters will be looking for evidence that you really want to get involved
with all aspects of school life, contribute to the community and build
relationships with their students both in and out of the classroom.
Of particular importance for teaching positions is the ability to demon-
strate in your letter that you have researched the specific school in
question and that you share their vision and ethos. The ‘personal touch’
Although recruitment to medical posts is increasingly conducted via
application forms, a letter of application with accompanying CV is still
essential for many vacancies.
As a medical professional, you’ll possess extensive qualifications following
many years of training – and very possibly many years of experience.Your
prospective employers will definitely want to know all about this, and so
your cover letter will inevitably be more complex – and longer – than the
There are a number of different areas you may want to consider high-
lighting in your cover letter:
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