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A cover letter for an ESL teacher can be a tricky thing to write especially for those who don't have much or any teaching experience. We often get e-mails from recent graduates who want to find a teaching job in Japan but don't have any concrete teaching experience.
What you need to think about conceptually is what you have done to date that is transferable or is an important trait in writing a cover letter. In order to do this it is important to try to understand what it is that an ESL teacher actually does.
Of course it depends upon the school and its curriculum and requirements in addition to the age of the student but nonetheless there are character attributes in addition to actual activities that what you did up until now that apply to the position.
So what are some of these character attributes that you need to apply in your cover letter if you don't have ESL experience? (We will list some of them with using different occupations to see how they can correlate.) Well there are many but some of the big ones are:
So even though what you may have on your resume isn't directly related to teaching, what you did and what you wish to do with the school that will hire you have a commonality. So a cover letter for teachers isn't really any different than others you might write for other fields if you don't have much experience. However cover letters for teachers are are more people focused rather than product focused.
Your lead paragraph should show enthusiasm! And how much you want to be considered for the position.
This then should lead into another paragraph where you show the things that you did and how it relates to the position and allows that that organizations goals can be met by your experiences.
Depending upon the company, you may need to submit a Japanese cover letter. It should be short and top out at a page. Basically it should specify your skills and how they fit in with the job you are applying for.
You might also make mention of your desire to have a long-term relationship with the company as Japanese companies highly regard loyalty to the company. Unlike a resume a cover letter or CV (shokumu keirekisho) does not have a standardized format.
Another area where many applicants mess thing up is in the area of creating a very readable cover letter. What this entails is choosing a font size that is easy to read. In general this will be 10,11, or 12 point fonts.
Also the font style should be readable. Font styles that are most commonly used for cover letters are: Arial, Courier New, Verdana, and Times New Roman. Also make sure that the font style that you use in the cover letter matches the resume font style.
Although a cover letter for teachers come in all styles, the below example cover letter is pretty much typical.
When you wrap up your cover letter it should have the following. Firstly thank them for their time in reading your cover letter. Reiterate that you want a position with them (that you are truly interested in the job.)
Then briefly mention that you are available at their convenience to discuss any matters like availability. Then state that you are looking forward to their call or contact that is most convenient to them...(given whatever contact information you have on your resume). You can get more tips at this site: Top Cover Letter Writing Tips.
So a Typical Cover Letter For Teachers Could Read Something About Like This:
"Thank you in advance for considering my application. I am eager to meet with you to discuss this position at your earliest convenience, as I believe I would be an asset to your teaching staff and would enjoy working at (NAME OF SCHOOL.) I am available to further discuss my qualifications and availability and can be most easily contacted by e-mail at: (JOHNNY NEEDS A [email protected]) I look forward to your reply."
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