123 Elm Street Miami, FL 33183
Home: (305) 555-555 Cell: (305) 444-4444 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Outstanding record of success maximizing the effectiveness of educational programs through skillful curriculum
development for 3rd through 5th grades. Expert knowledge in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), assessment,
testing, curriculum, and educational programs. Proven results directing and coordinating academic and auxiliary
activities of elementary schools by effectively collaborating with team members and administrators.
Behavioral Intervention Curriculum Development Student Discipline
Data Driven Instruction Models Technology Workshops Fundraising
Teaching Staff Instruction Lesson Plan Review Policy Review
Transportation Coordination Performance Evaluation School Reform
Assistant Principal ~ ABC Elementary School, Miami, FL 20xx – Present
Assist teachers with lesson plans and units for instruction; review all assessments and ensure sufficient inclusion of
technological tools. Supervise 35 teachers, 12 support personnel, and 800+ students. Conduct pre- and post-conferences
with teachers to review observations and evaluations. Serve as the chief student disciplinarian. Attend conferences with
students, parents, and teachers; consult with school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and nurses to assess needs
and challenges of correcting student behavior on the bus and in school. Ensure optimal classroom coverage. Work with
the District Transportation Coordinator to assign bus routes.
Designed and implemented a system for tracking teacher attendance for payroll purposes.
Spearheaded the basic use of personalized Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) for students.
Pioneered the concept of performing home / community visits and parent work site visits to discuss student
academic / behavioral progress and needs.
Assistant Principal ~ BCD City School, Miami, FL 20xx – 20xx
Served as the Earth Quest Program administrator overseeing 15 teachers and 200 students. Conducted pre- and post-conferences with
teacher evaluations and observations. Formulated student personnel policies and observed / evaluated teacher performance. Provided
consultation and discipline for students with attendance and behavior problems.
Introduced the Peer Observation Program for teachers needing to enhance classroom management skills.
Appointed by the Associate Superintendent to direct a district-wide building inspection program.
6th Grade Magnet Math Instructor ~ CDE County Schools, Miami, FL 20xx – 20xx
Designed lesson plans and provided data driven instruction in mathematics to four classes per county standards and
guidelines. Served as backup to the 6th Grade Assistant Principal; managed 12 teachers and 500 students during absence.
Monitored academic performance and provided additional attention to students in need. Served as an advisor to students
and liaison to the parents.
Received a commendation from the state of Georgia for excellence in mathematics program management.
Recognized as the key contributor in raising 6th grade math scores to institution record levels within the first year.
Played a major role in raising $18,000 during a fundraising event at EFG Middle School.
Doctorate – Curriculum and Instruction XYZ University, Miami, FL 20xx
Master of Arts in Elementary Education XYZ College, Miami, FL 20xx
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education XYZ College, Miami, FL 20xx
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications.
Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this
fate by following these effective strategies:
Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual.
The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address
your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by
their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the
hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral.
Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?”
Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it
is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your
unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example,
instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate Finance
Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing effective
strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised Corporate
Finance Director position.”
Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful job
search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances are
to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can help
them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent
accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest.
Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what
you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also
make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most
effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point
statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look
lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased.
Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it),
or your desire to relocate.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure
the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in
your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.
In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the
goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.