I have just been browsing the web, and came upon the following, on a site dedicated to telling teachers how to apply for a post. I suggest that you sit down before you read it, as it breaks just about every rule for writing an effective application letter for a teaching post. A letter like this would ensure that the application goes straight into the Reject pile.
Dear Mr Jones
I am replying to your advertisement for a supply teacher vacancy. After reading the job description I feel very confident that I have all the experience and abilities that you are looking for.
I currently work very near to St Benedicts High School and I feel that a move to your school would suit me perfectly as not only do I have the required skill sets, but I am also familiar to the area and the local community. I am aware of the high reputation a award winning school like St Benedicts has within the city and am keen to be associated with such a well respected educational institution.
I feel that one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is the ability to meet each students unique needs by having an in-depth understanding of their abilities and needs. My experiences include tutoring, organizing daily activities, and keeping students organised and controlled, all requirements asked for in the job advert.
I feel St Benedicts High School can benefit from my four years of teaching experience and my ability to educate young minds and help them to develop into responsible successful individuals.
I hope that you will consider my application and I would welcome a phone call so that we might be able to set up an interview. If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me. I thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely :
Well! I am speechless! Just what is wrong with this letter?
- Varied spelling with US and UK usage in the same sentence
- Every paragraph begins with I
- Generalisations made with no supporting evidence
- Ridiculous statements - meeting needs by having an in-depth understanding of needs
- We are told that the job would suit the applicant perfectly because s/he is local. Who cares?
- Nowhere do we learn what the candidate would bring to the school, how the school would benefit from this appointment
- We learn nothing about the candidate, except that s/he works locally and has been teaching for four years.
- And ends by gaily expecting a phonecall.
In your dreams!
You would do better to follow the advice on here in the Jobseekers forum.