Here's a cover letter for a teacher of English Composition at a community college. Notice how the applicant, Larry, presents his career change from business to teaching as a key qualifier for the job.
- In the second paragraph, Larry highlights his career change with bullet point statements that show how he will incorporate his former career into his new one as a teacher.
- Larry reinforces the value of his career change by making this personal statement in his last paragraph: Teaching is my first love, and I am eager to return to it — and to share with your students my "real-world" knowledge of the business community.
Career Change Highlighted in a Cover Letter
000 Bellingham Way
Seattle, WA 98203
April 2, 20xx
Ms. Ginny Toland
Director, Human Resources
Southshore Community College
000 Southshore Way
Bellevue, WA 97903
Dear Ms. Toland,
My good friend Jean Roberts, a history instructor at Southshore, recommended I contact you about your current opening for a teacher of English Composition.
In addition to the traditional qualifications for the post (M.A. in English, coupled with four years' teaching experience), my most recent career offers two elements that I believe will be valuable to Southshore students:
- Business experience: Having been employed by several large corporations, I have inside knowledge of writing skills necessary for success in the fields of customer service, advertising and sales.
- International experience: During my time with IBM, I worked in China and Japan. This enhanced my understanding of how to teach English writing skills to non-native speakers, as well as my ability to work with a multi-cultural population.
Teaching is my first love, and I am eager to return to it — and to share with your students my "real-world" knowledge of the business community. I look forward speaking with you about the teaching position at Southshore.