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Make it a red letter day

Helena Marsh has some tips to help your application go straight to the top of the pile

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It’s not easy to distil your experience, personality and teaching philosophy into a few hundred words, and it might feel unfair to be judged for a job on such minimal evidence of the “true you”. But when applying for a teaching position, many schools request a covering letter of about that length and it is this that will convince those shortlisting to place your application firmly in the “yes” or “maybe” pile – or to banish it with the “nos”. Though it is tempting to cram as much as you can into this document, in reality you need to be selective. Here’s how to choose your words wisely. 

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