Cover Letter Sample: English Teacher

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.

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Career Change Highlighted in a Cover Letter

Larry Hilton
000 Bellingham Way
Seattle, WA 98203
123-555-1234
lhilton@unknown.com

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.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Larry Hilton