Welcome to the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members, for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an educational support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students, each and every day in your schools. The shows are hosted by Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast.net (@TeacherCast) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood). For more information, please visit njea.org/podcast.

In this episode, Jeff and Jim sat down for a candid discussion about how educators could be crafting their resumes.  They take a look at some key features that every resume should have and provide helpful tips for not only your paper resume but also your digital and social resumes as well.

This episode of the Jersey Educator Podcast can be found on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and is a companion episode to a previous show where we discussed 11 things every educator should be thinking about as they prepare for a job interview or job fair.

Here is one tip about writing a good cover letter — find the rest at TeacherCast.net.

How to write a good cover letter

Your cover letter is generally one of, if not the first thing that someone sees when reviewing your application.  Cover letters should be crafted not only to provide a positive and well-rounded picture of you, but they should also show that you have done a little bit homework about the position you are applying for.  Remember that anyone can take a look at a cover letter and tell if it’s a generic letter or not, so be sure to make yours stand out.

When hand mailing (or emailing) cover letters, they should always be addressed to the superintendent and be professional.  If you will be attending a job fair in the near future, do a little bit of research and try to determine what districts will be there.  Then, create cover letters for a few of these specific districts.  Always have a basic, generic cover letter in your back pocket for those district administrators that you might not have planned to meet.

Should you put your cover letter on special paper?  It’s a good idea to do this when meeting people face to face, but the majority of your cover letters will probably be sent electronically.

Cover letter tips

  • Keep it simple.
  • Keep it professional.
  • Spell check . . . spell check . . . spell check.

Point out some key spots from your resume that you want to draw their attention to.

 

 

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