Looking to create your first Teaching Assistant
covering letter or finetune your current one? Having a detailed, well thought-out covering letter is the difference between gaining real consideration to fill a position or being overlooked by employers. It’s the opportunity to illuminate your passion for making a difference
in young people’s educational experience, share your teaching ethos, talk about your experiences helping others or where your desire to work as a Teaching Assistant comes from. A great covering letter allows you to have the opportunity to introduce yourself in a comprehensive manner, highlights your strengths, what sets you apart from other applicants and shows you’re serious about the job opening.
of recruiters consider covering letters a crucial component in the hiring decision and that it takes 60 seconds
to determine whether or not a candidate is a potential fit. Here at The Training Room, we want to ensure you’re able to enter the career of your choice with plenty of support, direction and encouragement to succeed. So whether you’re new to writing cover letters or need a bit of tailored guidance, we’ve got some useful advice for creating a stand-out covering letter to get you set up with a fantastic new opportunity within the education sector. With that being said, here’s our advice for making an impressive, well-defined covering letter:
Research the school to get your application to stand out
Taking the time to research the school you’re looking to join is quite important if you want to increase your chances of being interviewed for the position. Why? Because it shows that you could see yourself in the role and are excited at the prospect of being hired by the school. That they aren’t just another application to fire off and check off your list. You want to learn about the school and drop some of that knowledge into your covering letter when applicable.
It could be complementing the latest achievements shown within the schools blog, your interest in projects the school is involved with or recent events. Find a way to flatter them! You’ll find that employers will be far more responsive and much to engage with you further to see if you’re a good fit to fill the vacancy.
Be your authentic self, let your personality shine through
In keeping with the formal tone needed, you can still try and interject some of your personality into the covering letter. Be sure that your covering letter is a genuine reflection of who you really are and what you are to offer in terms of transferable skills and enthusiasm within the role.
And though this may sound like the biggest cliche of all: be yourself. And what is meant by this is to be authentic, not put on a persona you think your interviewer is going to respond positively to. You’re more likely to match-up with a school that holds similar values and thoughts
Double-check your spelling and grammar
It’s important that your literacy and communication abilities are looking good when applying for a role as a Teaching Assistant. Also, your organisational skills will be highlighted with filling out application forms promptly and accurately. If your application is riddled with spelling mistakes, employers might question your classroom capabilities. With this in mind, the smallest of spelling mistakes or grammatical errors could set you back a lot.
So once the bulk of your covering letter is done, ensure you proofread and edit to catch any unwanted errors. Definitely listen to the suggestions that Word or Google Docs underline! If an online application has divided sections for filling out questions, we’d advise filling them out in a separate document before (for spell check purposes) and pasting them in once you’re happy with them.
Got relevant examples of transferable skills? Include them!
Don’t count out what your previous experience has taught you and how you can use examples of this to strengthen your covering letter! This could range from working in a close-knit team and include specific examples of teamwork, what problems may have cropped up that you create a solution for - providing insights like this gives employers a decent understanding of how you might act under pressure and work with others within a school setting.
Having a background in communications, creative problem-solving, collaboration or leadership are all transferable skills which would demonstrate your ability to handle yourself in a classroom. Employers will be able to reduce from having these types of skills that you're confident, creative and know how to deliver your opinions and ideas. Maybe you’ve worked with children volunteering, helping out at after-school clubs, scouts or brownies? These are all applicable and relevant to your application.
No background in Education? Don’t linger on that
Yes, maybe you don’t have a background directly in the education sector
but avoid repeatedly reminding that to the employer. Everybody has to start from somewhere and there are plenty of job swappers out there wanting to switch their career paths - so don’t talk about what you can’t change or risk sounding negative in your covering letter.
Instead, highlight the transferable skills that you’ve required, experiences relevant to the job and your enthusiasm to step into a new, exciting position within the school.
Looking for a course and stand-out support to become a Teaching Assistant?
If you’re seeking a career as a Teaching Assistant but not quite sure where to begin, The Training Room can provide you the certification you need to start your journey.
Our comprehensive Teaching Assistant courses
covers the essential skills needed to begin your career in the education sector, including:
- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School
- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism
- TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
There is also the option to upgrade your learning and earning potential with the additional qualification gained through our Professional Teaching Support course option:
- TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF)
Check our detailed course page and download your free online prospectus today!