A well-written cover letter can make all the difference when it comes to applying for TEFL positions. Ensure you stand out from the crowd by following our guide on how to write an effective TEFL cover letter.
Research the company
Before beginning to write your TEFL cover letter it is vital you research the company and position. Make sure you have a good understanding of –
- What the job involves
- The TEFL company/school
- Country/local area
Addressing the letter
You should always address your cover letter to the person handling applications to the job you’re applying. Normally, the name of the recipient will be in the job advertisement, but if not, do not be afraid to call the company and ask for a name. If you’re not able to find out the name of the person then Dear Sir/Madam will be best.
Writing your cover letter
Briefly explain which TEFL job you’re applying to and where you saw the job advertised.
I am applying for position of Teaching Assistant with *company name* in Barcelona as advertised on TEFL Courses Ireland Job Centre…
What makes you a suitable candidate for this position? Describe your relevant qualifications and motivations for applying that may not be included in your CV.
I have been strongly drawn to Spain for a long-time and would love to immerse myself in Spanish culture by teaching English to young learners at your school. In addition, my classroom-based and online TEFL training have prepared me fully for the demands of this position…
This is your chance to explain what contribution you will make to the role. Expand on information contained in your CV.
I have previous experience working with young children at my sports club. I also have experience living abroad as I spent a semester during university studying in France…
Reiterate interest in role and sign-off with niceties.
I strongly believe my academic, professional and personal skills are well-suited to the role of teaching assistant and as such I will make a positive contribution to your school.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Other tips to follow
- Keep it concise (one side of A4)
- Check grammar and spelling
- Highlight most important points of your CV
- Link your skills to the role
- Polite and formal tone
- Use name of recipient if known
Cover Letters are Key the First Impression
The cover letter is a crucial part of your presentation, one that warrants serious time and effort. It’s an opportunity to separate yourself from other applicants, and if thoughtfully done can be the difference in securing an interview.
The following is an outline of a typical cover letter:
- Paragraph 1: State what job you are applying for and how you heard about it.
- Paragraph 2: State why you will be perfect for the job. Mention your CELTA certification.
- Paragraph 3: Give a short overview of your experiences, especially how they are related to the job you are applying for. Consider covering these points: your experience teaching, your experience working with adults/children (as the job requires), your experience in settling into different cultures.
- Strong closing: The following is a typical closing sentence for a cover letter:
I have attached a copy of my résumé for your review. My e-mail address is email@example.com, my home phone number is (212) 987-6543 and my cell phone number is: (917) 123-4567. Please, feel free to contact me anytime if you have further questions.
I appreciate your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
John Doe, CELTA
Note: The generally accepted etiquette for signing off on a letter is to use “Yours sincerely,” when you know the name of the person you are writing to, but if you don’t know the name (i.e. you opened the letter with “Dear Sir or Madam,”) you use ‘Yours faithfully,” to close.
Things to consider when writing your cover letter:
- Make sure you highlight your CELTA certification early in the letter. It will be a major factor for the employer as he/she considers your candidacy.
- Tailor your letter to the school and local area—it’s truly worth your time. Once you’ve done the research, think about what makes you a good fit for this particular community. This is the best way to show enthusiasm.
- Give specific examples of your teaching approach in order to illustrate how you could benefit the school’s students.
- Writing to a stranger about yourself is an awkward thing. To ensure the proper tone, ask both a friend and a colleague to proofread your cover letter.