When job competition is fierce, a good cover letter can generate the interest needed to get your resume read. If your resume also attracts attention, it can mean the difference between getting an interview or getting overlooked. There isn't an abundance of vacancies for teaching assistant positions, so investing the time to create a top-notch resume and cover letter is well worth the effort.
Writing the Resume
1. Create a list of your education and work experiences that are relevant to the teacher assistant position you seek. For example, if you helped fellow students organize their notes or study for tests, include this information.
2. For each item listed, verify the exact dates of your activities. Arrange the list in chronological order, with the most recent experiences at the top of the list.
3. Add action verbs that are likely to grab the attention of the school administrators you want to read your resume. Select words that emphasis your learning, understanding, helping and supporting.
4. Keep the resume short -- do not exceed two pages.
5. Proofread your resume several times. School administrators want teaching assistants who don't make spelling mistakes and who notice details. If you want to support students with their literacy skills, your own must be exemplary.
Writing the Cover Letter
1. Tailor the letter to the specific school to which you are applying. Find out the name of the principal and address the letter to her. If you are applying to an advertised vacancy make reference to the ad in the opening of your letter.
2. Include a statement that demonstrates your knowledge of the specific characteristics of the individual school. For example, if you are applying to a school with an outstanding athletic program, mention your interest and dedication to sports and any coaching experience you might have had.
3. Highlight and summarize the most relevant information from your resume. If you have several years experience in various schools, state the total number of years early in your letter. For example, you might say, "I'm ideally suited for the position because I have spent the last six years successfully supporting special needs students in inner-city schools with similar demographics to your school."
4. State what aspects of your previous jobs you found most rewarding. For example, if you have had experience as a teacher's assistant, you might refer to how much you enjoyed the collaborative relationship with the classroom teacher.
5. Include an example about a specific accomplishment you are particularly proud of. For example, you might say that your one-on-one intervention with a particular student resulted in him passing his first math test.
6. Refer to any letters of praise or thanks you might have received. Include an excerpt, such as, "Mr. X, my formal principal, said in a note of appreciation, 'I wish we had more staff members who demonstrate the level of caring and commitment you have displayed in your work in Ms. B's classroom this semester...' "
7. Emphasize your interpersonal skills. Don't be afraid to proudly announce your superior strength in this area. A statement such as, "in all my former schools, I was able to quickly establish a good rapport with my students. I excel at building positive relationships and building trust."
8. Remember to include your contact information in the cover letter, even if the information is on your resume.
- Have a friend read the final drafts of your resume and cover letter. A fresh pair of eyes might pick up some typos or awkward expressions you might have missed.
About the Author
Freddie Silver started writing newsletters for the Toronto District School Board in 1997. Her areas of expertise include staff management and professional development. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, focusing on emotions and professional relationships.
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Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Sample 1:
I am writing this application with reference to the open Teaching Assistant position at your school and I wish to offer my candidacy for this job.
During my two year tenure at DEF School where I worked as a teaching assistant, I have assisted pre-school, elementary as well as middle school teachers in creating class projects, teaching material and handouts for students within the age group of three to eleven years. I have also compiled a number of PowerPoint presentations on various topics and subjects for students in the age group of twelve to fourteen. I have had the opportunity to fill in as a substitute and teach children in the absence of the concerned teaching staff.
My focus lies in ensuring that children balance learning with fun in the classroom and building confidence in their own ability. I maintain a positive atmosphere in classrooms and use both theory and activity-based teaching to help kids learn better. I use my creative skills to develop class projects that are challenging, employ a child’s knowledge and are engaging at the same time. I have also been a part of the team that arranges yearly sports-based events at school.
I work well in teams and individually, and am motivated to give my best each time. My interests include writing poetry, sketching, and volleyball. I am well-versed with computers and I make it a point to keep up with new trends and methods in teaching so that I can put them into practice in the classroom as well.
I have attached my resume for review. It contains my contact information, educational qualifications and details of my work experience and projects. Should you require any further clarifications or information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via phone or email.
Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Sample 2:
I am writing you today to express my interest in the teaching assistant position that you have advertised online. Hopefully this correspondence will adequately communicate my excitement in the position as well as my qualifications for it.
I have been in the field of education for the past two years. It has been my dream to obtain a position under an established and respected teacher to learn his craft so that I may better be able to provide resources to my own students in the future. The reason that I am writing you specifically is because I have a great deal of respect for the teacher with whom I would be working on a day-to-day basis with. I have studied his work extensively, and I guarantee that I will be able to hold meaningful discussions with him about his work before he presents it to his students.
I am also very excited to work within the structure that your educational institution has built. I have noted the opportunities that you give to teachers that show their enthusiasm for students. I am sure that you will see that my excitement for the job will not wane with time. This is one of my abiding characteristics; the included reference list below will drive that point home should you choose to contact them in reference to my previous employment.
I hope that this letter will inspire you to allow me to meet you in person to explain my full qualifications for your position. I feel certain that I can provide the professional and personal characteristics that will relieve the teacher of many unwanted responsibilities, freeing him to better educate the students. I look forward to your correspondence, and I hope to speak with you in person very soon.
Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Sample 3:
I came across your advertisement for the position of Teaching Assistant at your school and wish to apply. I strongly believe I have the necessary qualifications, work experience, and professional acumen to become an integral part of your teaching faculty.
On attaining a graduate degree in literature, I went on to work as an assistant editor for Writers Work. I was promoted to the position of editor within a year and continued working there for the next five years. My passion for teaching, however, got the better of me and I opted for the job of teaching assistant (on contract) at UVW international school.
During the eighteen months I spent there, I have had the opportunity to use my skills in a variety of tasks for middle school and high school students. Apart from assisting teachers in creating engaging classroom projects for languages and social studies, I have also designed activities that are both fun and help clarify concepts to children. I believe that a classroom needs a balance of theory as well as activity-based learning and this is what I keep in mind while formulating study material and handouts for any given topic.
I am keen to work full-time as a teaching assistant and hope that I may have the opportunity to do so at your reputed institute. I have attached my resume for your perusal.
I look forward to your affirmative response and subsequently, a meeting to take this further.
Teaching Assistant Cover Letter Sample 4:
I would like to formally submit my application for the Teaching Assistant position posted on the Desert Hills School District website. I have recently relocated to the Phoenix area and as I researched various school districts, I was impressed with Desert Hills commitment to furthering education within a positive learning environment.
I have worked for the past three years as a teaching assistant in the Murray Pines School District in Colorado. My duties included working with elementary classroom teachers, as well as special education classroom teachers, to assist with preparation of lessons, manipulatives, and projects. I often worked with identified at risk students in a one on one environment to assist them with reading techniques. Working under the direction of various teachers and with the permission of the principal, I helped with the organization of an after school tutoring program.
During this past school year, I was honored to be selected by my colleagues as the Hourly Employee of the Year. I believe that a child’s education is the key to their future success and my time in the classroom has allowed me to witness the difference one individual can make.
Last year, I completed my associates degree at Gingman City College and plan to pursue an educational degree in the future. I have applied to the night school education program at Sandstone College and hope to begin night classes this fall.
Please find my resume, two letters of recommendation, and the specified application attached. If you need any further documentation or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at the number provided. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.