Lynn is an experienced high school teacher who is returning to her profession after a span of unemployment while she raised her children. Because her resume shows a gap in employment, she used her cover letter to explain that gap (in the third paragraph). She also used bullet point formatting to showcase her teaching style.
Unemployment Gap Explained in a Cover Letter
Notice (in the next to last paragraph) how smoothly Lynn refers to her gap in employment for the last 15 years:
"After eight years' classroom experience, I took a break to concentrate on my family. Now that my youngest child is in high school, I'm more than ready to return to teaching."
By stating that her youngest child is in high school, Lynn discreetly assures her reader that her child-rearing days are over and she is now going to dedicate herself to her former career as a teacher. Also notice that she highlights the number of years of teaching experience but does not specifically state the number of years she has been unemployed.
Cover Letter for a Middle School Teaching Position
000 Pine Street, Apt. 8
Camden, NJ 12345
April 29, 20xx
Sister Mary Nunes, Principal
Sisters of Mercy Middle School
000 Waltham Way
Camden, NJ 30342
Dear Sister Nunes,
Some people think that Catholic schools are out of step with the times. As a veteran teacher, I say just the opposite: With all the pressures teenagers are subject to these days, the discipline and values imparted by a school like Sisters of Mercy are essential to the well-being of our youth — and the community at large.
Today, the problems young teens bring to the classroom are more challenging than ever before. I meet those challenges with:
- A dynamic presentation style that involves and motivates students.
- Strong classroom management skills.
- A compassionate understanding of the issues that concern youths today.
After eight years' classroom experience, I took a break to concentrate on my family. Now that my youngest child is in high school, I'm more than ready to return to teaching.
I would like to meet with you so that we can discuss what I can offer Sisters of Mercy. I look forward to hearing when you would be free to do that. Thank you.
Yours very truly,
Attached: resume for middle school teacher