How To Make A Cover Letter For A Teaching Resume

How to write a good resume and cover letter.

Writing a good resume is not rocket science.  In fact, many of the rocket scientists that apply are rejected based on their poorly written resumes. A resume is not a Curriculum Vitae, it is a document that includes the most relevant experience of the candidate (you) that matches the requirements of the job.

In order to write a good resume the first thing you have to consider is your audience. Who will read your resume? What are they looking for?

Imagine yourself as the hiring manager or the school owner. What would you be looking for in a teacher if you were the one hiring? Think also about the fact that your audience is probably shuffling a ton of resumes. How do you make yours stand out from all the others in a professional way?

At Footprints Recruiting we want the best for our teachers, and we want the best teachers. We also want people who are sincere about this opportunity (which is probably you given you are reading this page). 

Even without experience, you can still write a good resume that will catch the interest of the hiring manager. Some important points to consider before you get started:

  1. Spell Check - an English teacher should know how to spell. Take the time to proof read your resume and cover letter. Use a ruler and closely study each line. We also recommend reading aloud and asking a friend for feedback.
  2. Formatting - take the time to make sure that your resume looks professional. There are many websites out there that offer free templates.
  3. Short and Sweet - a resume should be no more than 2 pages.
  4. Simple and straightforward - in many cases, those that are hiring you are not native English speakers. Use bullet points to make it easier for them to read and your vernacular should be carefully chosen to be clear, eloquent and easy to understand.

The Resume

Items to Include in Your Teaching Resume

Like a good lesson plan, a resume should have clear points and should be laid out in an easy to read, easy to follow format.  The following are critical elements we recommend including:

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Contact Information
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Objective
  • Education History
  • Relevant Coursework and Certifications
  • Relevant Work Experience
  • Work Experience
  • Volunteer Experience
  • International Experience
  • Awards, Merits, Certifications
  • Hobbies and Interests

To start your resume you will need a jump off point. This is your Objective.

You would be amazed at how many "teaching resumes" we receive where the objective is to get a good job in IT or where "I want to get a position where I can make a positive impact".  Blah Blah Blah. We want someone who knows what they want to do and who is sincere about teaching.

A good objective should clearly state your goals and interest in becoming a great teacher.


To teach elementary and/or middle school aged students in South Korea where I can develop my skills and knowledge as a teacher and explore an amazing country.

Your objective should be clear and it should be specific to teaching English.  Be careful not to be too general or too specific.  Being too specific will cause employers to discard your application if their job doesn't specifically fit your description.

Once you have your objective you are going to move on to the body of the resume.

It is important that you stay organized with your resume so that employers don't have to take out a magnify glass to find what they are looking for. A commonly used layout that we suggest would be to organize your resume in the following order (ideally one page long but definitely no more than two).

  • Name and details
  • Objective (make this job specific)
  • Education (be sure to include the years attended)
  • Work Experience (be sure to list both the month and year start and end date)
  • Other Skills (make this relevant to the job)

Related Experience and Course Work

Although an Education degree and specific classroom experience is preferred, there are many other experiences and circumstances where you might have learned or exhibited the skills required as a teacher.  The following are strengths and experiences you might consider including in your resume if they apply to you:

  • experience with kids
  • coaching
  • babysitting
  • teaching swimming lessons, skiing or any subject or area of interest
  • management roles as they pertain to training
  • training in any area or subject

You can find a great sample resume to download at the bottom of this article

Cover Letter

Your cover letter is important because it gives the company you are seeking employment with a snapshot of who you are, and what you have to offer. It not only summarizes your accomplishments, but it also reflects your personality through the words and experiences you choose to share in it.

Your cover letter also allows you to explain how your previous position/s have given you important skills that you can apply to the job you are hoping to get. In your resume it might not be evident why working as an administrative assistant etc. is relevant or useful for working as an E.S.L. teacher, this is your chance to explain why it is. Whether it’s because you were able to train other staff members, or because it allowed you to perfect your written communication skills, this is your chance to show that you have what it takes.

Below we have shown you the most common layout for constructing a cover letter.

Opening paragraph

Include the position that you are applying for and why you are applying for it. Show that you have a genuine interest in the position.


Include why you are a good match for the job. Briefly describe your education and the positions and experiences you have had in the past that make you an ideal candidate.

Closing Paragraph

Let the employer know that you look forward to hearing from them.

Example (for a recent grad.):

Dear Sir or Madam: It is with great interest that I am applying for the position of an E.S.L. teacher at your school. After researching a number of opportunities, I have decided that teaching E.S.L. overseas is definitely the right decision for me. I feel that not only will teaching overseas offer me a chance to learn about another culture, but it will also allow me to work in a leadership role while becoming a better educator. As a university graduate, I have learned the value and rewards of hard work and dedication. Throughout my university career I strived to do my best, and I promise to do the same as an E.S.L. teacher at your school. In addition to the skills I learned while obtaining my Bachelor of Science, I also learned how to create meaningful lessons and activities while earning my T.E.S.L. certification, this will assist me greatly if given the chance to work at your school. Additionally, working as a swim instructor and babysitter has allowed me to work with children on an ongoing basis and I have proven to be a person that cares about his charges/students and their success. Finally, while volunteering as an E.S.L. tutor I have had the chance to help others improve their English language skills, and this has been truly rewarding for me and I look forward to continuing on the tradition at a great school such as yours. I would be honored to work for your school, and I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me as I would be happy to answer them for you. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Now put that shiny new resume to good use! Apply now to teach overseas:

Download Template Teaching Resume (MS Word Document)

Teacher Cover Letter Example and Writing Tips

Are you applying for a job as a teacher? An outstanding cover letter can mean the difference between getting the interview and languishing in job search limbo.

Use your cover letter to highlight related experience and past achievements, tying your work history and accomplishments to the job description. You’re not trying to recreate your resume, here. The goal is to introduce yourself and showcase the skills and qualifications that make you stand out from the competition.

Whether you’re fresh out of college or an experienced teacher, these tips and cover letter example will help you convince the hiring committee that you’re the best candidate for the job.

How to Use a Cover Letter Example

A cover letter example helps you with the layout of your letter. Examples also show you what elements you need to include in your letter, such as introductions and body paragraphs.

Along with helping with your layout, cover letter examples can show you what kind of content you should include in your document, and what type of language to use. For example, a sample might show you the action words you should include in your own cover letter.

Use a cover letter example as a guide to your own letter, but do not simply the text in the example. You should tailor your cover letter to fit your own work history, and the job for which you are applying.

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for a Teaching Job

Emphasize your achievements. Include examples of your accomplishments in past jobs as a teacher.

For example, if your students earned high state test scores, or if you received a teaching award, mention these successes.

Mention any training or certifications. Many teaching jobs have specific training and certification requirements. Use your cover to demonstrate that you have what’s required for the job.

Include related work outside the classroom. If you have non-teaching work or volunteer experience that involves working with children, you can highlight this in your cover letter as well. You especially might want to do this if you have limited teaching experience.

Customize your cover letter. Be sure to tailor each cover letter to fit the specific school and job listing. One way to do this is to research the school, and mention why you think you’d be a good fit for that specific school.

Take your time. Many job seekers treat cover letters like an afterthought, but these letters are so much more than a cover sheet for your application. A boring, slapdash letter won’t help your candidacy, and it could hurt your chances. Quality is also important: a cover letter filled with typos and silly grammatical errors will not inspire the hiring committee to give you a call.  

Cover Letter Example for a Teacher

FirstName LastName
87 Washington Street
Smithfield, CA 08055
555-555-5555 (h)
123-123-1234 (c)


Mr. John Doe
Smithfield Elementary School
Main Street
Smithfield, CA 08055

Dear Mr. Doe,

I am interested in applying for an elementary-level teaching position in your school district. As a 20XX graduate of XXX College, I have student teaching experience on the third- fourth-, and sixth-grade level, in both suburban and urban school districts.

I believe my teaching experience and passion for community engagement make me an ideal candidate for a teaching position at your school.

I have experience teaching elementary-level students in a variety of settings. I am currently teaching third-grade children at an inner-city charter school. As a former education coordinator at a local museum, I also have experience teaching fourth-grade students in a small suburban school system. Your school emphasizes its unique position as a school that caters to both inner-city and suburban students, so I think my varied experiences would make me an asset to your program.

Your school also strives to engage students in the larger community. I have lots of experience incorporating community service projects into my classrooms. For example, as a student teacher, I led a unit for third-graders on plant life, and we volunteered at a local community garden.

I would love to find ways to integrate service learning into my lesson plans.

It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent teacher who will make a positive contribution to your school district and larger community. I would welcome an interview and hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.


Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

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