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Jesse Kendall 123 Elm Street | Miami, FL 33183 | 305-555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER Accomplished and results-driven special education professional with more than nine years of teaching experience and a commitment to student growth, development, and academic success. Nine years of co-teaching experience, expertise in implementing differentiated instruction in the co-teaching model, and extensive work teaching at-risk students as well as students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities. Notable success in providing students with the tools and skills required to build and advance toward a framework of success. Exceptional instructor, focused on development of programs that challenge, motivate, and include all students. SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTION ABC EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, Miami, FL Special Education Teacher, 20xx-20xx Educated students with autism and worked with their families. Developed lesson plans and activities based on students’ IEPs that facilitated academic, behavioral, occupational, speech, and physical therapy goals. Orchestrated student, class, and Aide schedules in conjunction with each child’s therapy needs. Worked with 8-12 students annually, 6-12 years old. Partnered with two school districts, Quaker Valley and North Allegheny, to design and implement a special needs inclusion program. Conducted training for colleagues on working effectively with special needs students. Created a Velcro scheduling system for students; this process was implemented by many classrooms. Delivered K-4 curriculum simultaneously to a diverse group of learners in a streamlined school environment. BCD SCHOOL DISTRICT, Miami, FL Resource Special Education Teacher, 20xx-20xx Taught math, science, and social studies to students in grades 6 to 8. Modified lessons to accommodate students with disabilities. Led a top team of five to seven teaching assistants and coordinated a Direct Instruction remedial reading program. Handled a special education caseload of 70+ students and administered Individual Education Plan meetings. Documented student levels of performance, conducting IEPs, and participated in Multidisciplinary Team meetings. Developed IEPs and collaborated with regular education teachers to facilitate inclusion. Ensured compliance with special education law. Led training of all teachers in the remedial reading program. Realized significant increases in reading scores in just two years. Students routinely gained two to four years in one year of instruction, despite teachers’ receiving only minimal supervision. Taught middle school students with behavior disorders in reading, math, and language. Spearheaded a building-wide remedial reading program for more than 1,200 middle school students. CDE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Miami, FL Special Education Teacher, 20xx-20xx Oversaw a team of assistants using Direct Instruction (DI) programs. Taught reading, language, and math to students in kindergarten through young adult. Wrote Individual Education Plans and managed all paperwork in compliance with special education law. Ensured consistency at school and home through collaborative meetings with parents. EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS XYZ UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL • M.S., Special Education • B.S., Psychology/Education XYZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Miami, FL • A.A., Psychology Special Education Severe Handicap Endorsement XYZ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Miami, FL • 20xx-Present 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.
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