How to Apply for Teaching Jobs via Email (with Sample) Use this sample email applying for teaching jobs as a template for your formal notification. Last updated on January 16th, 2019
Many schools have online application procedures for new teaching jobs. When applying for teaching jobs online, the candidate will attach their resume to the application form and include a cover letter.
This is the fastest way to submit to local recruiters and may be the only way to apply for teaching jobs in other countries. However, candidates should use formal email etiquette, and not send a casual or overly-friendly letter simply because it is an email and not a formal business letter. School principals and superintendents will expect to see correct spelling and grammar from a teacher applicant. This means the candidate should not use abbreviations such as u, FYI, ur and other shortened forms of words that are often used in emails and text messages. The candidate should put the exact teaching job they are applying for in the subject line of the email. This will let the recruiter know immediately that the email is from a teacher applicant, and improve the chance that the email will be opened. If the candidate includes their resume with the application email, it should be formatted as a Microsoft Word plain text document because many offices don’t have advanced programs to open a PDF or JPEG file. If the recruiter can’t open the document, they will most likely delete it and move to the next candidate.
Since this is an application for a teaching position, the candidate should double check their resume and email for errors. It’s always a good idea to have another person check it because he or she will look with fresh eyes.
Each application the candidate sends should be personal to the particular school. If the candidate is not using an online application form, they should at least call the school and learn the name and position of the person to whom the application should be sent. The email should be addressed to that person and the name should be spelled correctly. Before applying, it is recommended for the candidate to research the schools to which they plan to apply. This will put them in a better position than other candidates because they can use a recent event to show how they can make an immediate impact.
Generic applications are usually not given serious attention. If possible, it is recommended that the candidate visit the school before sending an application.
The application email should include the following topics:
Special skills other than their subject knowledge
Why the candidate loves teaching
Why the candidate is applying for this particular job
The candidates career goals
Above all, the application should be honest. For example, if the candidate states in the application email that they can coach basketball after school, they should be able to give examples of teams they have coached. If they say they have extensive knowledge of Renaissance painters, they should be able to answer questions about the subject.
Below is a sample email about applying for a teaching job.
Sample Email Applying for Teaching Job To: Recruiter’s Email Address Subject: Application for the Position of High School Art Teacher
Dear Name of Recruiter,
My name is NAME and I am applying for the position of art teacher in your institution. I learned that the position is open from NAME, who is a ninth grade English teacher in your school. I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art History from Name of University in DATE, and received my STATE teacher’s certificate in DATE.
I have taught art for five years in Name of School in CITY, but my husband has been transferred to your city, which is why I need to change schools. I have visited your school several times and appreciate the opportunity you give students to participate in art classes. I believe my expertise would be an asset to your art program
I have visited Europe three times and spent time in most of the major museums in Paris, London, Madrid, Rome and Florence. I have also taken a small group of senior level students to visit Rome and Florence for three weeks during the summer break. Throughout my studies of Art History, I have learned the major and minor political and social trends that shaped the world for the past 500 years. I believe that for students who have an interest in art, it’s the best way to gain a wide exposure to many aspects of history. I would be open to starting a summer tour of the major art centers of the world for interested students.
The combination of art and education is my passion. It is my goal to put these to good use for the benefit of students and as a contribution to your school district. I would be happy to attend an interview at any time that is convenient for you. I can be reached at 555-123-4567 or by reply to this email.