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Teacher Career Change Resume: Tips to Help You Land that Job!

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If you want to land that new job, you’ll have to work hard on your teacher career change resume. Remember, your teacher transition resume is your first impression. It’s all about showcasing those transferrable skills and highlighting why you’re the best fit for getting the job done.

If you need help leaving the classroom, check out the  Teacher Career Coach Course .  This step-by-step guide has helped thousands with a transition from teaching. Save time and get support with every step of picking a new path, rewriting your resume, and answering tricky interview questions.

It can be intimidating applying to jobs outside of the classroom, no matter how badly you want out! You may be having a hard time identifying the experiences to highlight on your resume. Maybe you’re struggling with how to write them in a way that applies to a job outside of the classroom. Anyhow, you’re about to break through that barrier! Here are some of my top tips from The Teacher Career Coach Course . These will help you put your best foot forward and land that interview! But first, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to start from scratch.

If you’ve ever thought, “I’m just a teacher,” it’s time to look closely at all you do on a daily basis as part of that role. Honestly, teachers are some of the most skillful and multi talented professionals I know. The truth is, many teachers battle with Impostor Syndrome , often overlooking their achievements and the value they bring to the table in many careers. Whether you realize it or not, the skills and accomplishments you have already achieved will make a stellar resume. (Trust me). 

You are an asset to your school, and you’ll be an asset wherever your career transition takes you next. First, identify your career accomplishments as a teacher. Then you can effectively apply them to the next chapter of your working life. Without knowing the specifics of your teaching experience, as a former teacher, I know you have desirable skills and valuable experience. Don’t be afraid to brag about yourself. Your new career change resume should reflect your many achievements and in-demand teacher skills! 

Teacher Career Change Resume Resources

In this post, I gathered expert advice to help you master rewriting those resume skills. I want to help you avoid the most common mistakes teachers make when writing their teacher career change resume. Read on to learn how you can tweak your teaching-focused resume to highlight your skills and experience that apply jobs outside of the classroom.

You can also listen to my interview with HR and Resume-writing expert Alli Arney to learn how to effectively translate your teaching experience on your transition resume . 

Let’s get to rebranding your expertise, shall we? 

*But first a note!* Much of what you include in your resume and cover letter will be dependent on the job for which you’re applying. If you’re not sure what jobs you’re qualified for or even what’s out there, take a look at Best Jobs For Former Teachers . This post will give you an idea of what’s out there, who’s hiring, and what you need to qualify for a position.

Writing a Cover Letter for Your Resume

Every teacher career change resume needs a cover letter! Your cover letter introduces who you are and what you can offer in position X at company Y. A common mistake I see teachers make is creating a generic cover letter to send with all of their applications. 

Some hiring managers may approach your application with the assumption you’re willing to take any job outside of the classroom. Even if that’s the truth, you don’t want the hiring manager to know that. Use the cover letter and an opportunity to showcase why their job is a great fit for you and what you can bring to the table for their company. Hiring managers want someone qualified, excited about the position, and a good fit for the company culture. 

Make sure every cover letter is unique to the job and company you are sending it to. Add in specifics regarding what excites you about the role and how your experience will translate into the new responsibilities. Do research about the company and address how you are equally passionate about their core values and company culture. You will learn so much from a company’s website, including its mission statement and core values.

Get Started on you Cover Letter

First, start with an introduction paragraph. This will likely stay the same on every cover letter as you introduce yourself. Next, add five to six bullet points about why you are qualified for this specific position and reflect on your qualifying achievements. For example, I am constantly focused on collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships that advance the mission, vision, and goals of the organization. Last, add a closing statement about the position to which you’re applying, why it excites you, and how you will be able to effectively fulfill the role and responsibilities.

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Add an Elevator Pitch to your Teacher Career Change Resume

An elevator pitch is basically highlights who you are,  your area of expertise, and your career intentions. It’s clear, concise, and is key to a teacher transition resume. Think about it like this: Imagine being on an elevator and only having about 30 seconds to sell yourself to the hiring manager. You should utilize your elevator pitch on your resume and when you get in front of a hiring manager at an interview. Just like your cover letter, this pitch should always be catered to a specific audience rather than being overly generic. 

Practice your elevator pitch so that it is second nature. It may sound silly but practicing your pitch in front of a friend or even a mirror helps. You can gain confidence in front of a hiring manager or an interview committee after practicing.

Again, an elevator pitch goes beyond your resume. Have your pitch handy at networking events, in job interviews, on any social bios, and in your resume header. Let’s say you are an experienced teacher looking for a transition into a Training and Development Manager position. Here’s an example of an elevator pitch you could use at a networking event or in your LinkedIn bio:

Elevator Pitch Examples

“I have more than 10 years of experience in training and development as a high school teacher where I have planned, directed, and coordinated various vocational programs. I am skilled in the ADDIE Model and various training methodologies, and I am currently looking to transition from the classroom to the corporate world. If you know anyone who is adding to their Training and Development Team, I hope you’ll send them my way.”

To adjust it to be more resume friendly, you could make the following tweaks:

” have more than 10 years of experience in training and development as a high school teacher where I have planned, directed, and coordinated various vocational programs. I am skilled in the ADDIE Model and a variety of training methodologies, and I am currently looking to make a transition from the classroom to the corporate world as a Corporate Trainer at Company X.”

While your elevator pitch is short and sweet, you should always be prepared for follow-up questions. Make sure you are comfortable with the different occupational terms and acronyms associated with any career path you seek. This shows your audience that you are knowledgeable and ready to move into that field of work.

Developing your Teacher Career Change Resume: Formatting Essentials

When it comes to your teacher transition resume, we need to talk about the big F-word: Formatting. 

A whopping 75% of resumes NEVER GET OPENED or seen by a hiring manager. One of the biggest culprits? Formatting. Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to sift through applications before they even make their way to a hiring manager’s hands. Luckily there are a few formatting tips that can help you pass the test. 

Length, File Format, and Other Tips For Your Teacher Career Change Resume

When it comes to the length of your resume, it really depends on your experience. While one-page resumes were once a rule-of-thumb, most resumes are now one and a half to two pages. However, if you have 15 years of work experience, you shouldn’t shy away from your accomplishments. In that case, it’s totally acceptable to have a 2-page resume. 

Next, you want to focus on another F-word: file format. There are different platforms and software, but I recommend you send your resume as a Word document, unless otherwise specified. So, when you go to save your resume file, be sure it’s saved in the .doc or .docx format. ATS will reject files saved in Pages, Excel, or JPEG format. 

The last big resume formatting tip is about style . If your go-to is a creative and colorful template that landed you your job in the classroom, it’s time for a change. Simple, chronological resume templates are your best bet in the corporate world, listing your experience starting with your most recent job. This is the most popular resume style, and it’s best for ATSs. It also happens to be preferred by recruiters and HR professionals, so you really can’t go wrong here. 

A chronological resume should be written to include the following elements in the listed order: 

  • Header (including your personal information and your keyword-rich elevator pitch) 
  • Technology experience and expertise 
  • Current volunteer experience (if applicable)

Developing your Teacher Career Change Resume: Spill About Your Skills (The Right Way). 

As a teacher, you already have skills that can be utilized in the corporate world. It’s time to brag about them. Before you can do that, you have to move past any Impostor Syndrome you may be experiencing and acknowledge the value, experience, and expertise you have to offer. Trust me. You have a lot more to offer in roles outside of the classroom than you may think.

For example, your organization and multitasking skills can easily transfer to administrative tasks. Parent-teacher conferences give you the experience to handle customer service situations, conflict resolution, and stakeholder engagement. You’re no stranger to goat setting or data tracking and analysis. Think about any committees or after-school activities you’ve contributed to or helped organize as project management experience. 

Related Resources: Creating your Instructional Designer Resume

WALKING THE WALK AND TALKING THE TALK 

It’s not just about identifying your transferable skills but how you translate them on your resume.

Here are three of my biggest tips to help you effectively translate your transferable skills and experience on your teacher transition resume. 

First, be specific by quantifying your accomplishments . 

Second, unless you transition into an education-based role, leave out the teacher-specific terminology, acronyms, or pedagogy.   One of the biggest mistakes teachers make on their transition resumes is not rewriting or translating their resume experience so that it is applied to the world outside of the classroom setting. 

Make sure you are showcasing your skills and experience in a way that translates into the new roles you are looking for. Hiring managers don’t want to see you as a teacher. They want to see you as someone qualified for and ready to take on the role you are applying for.  Depending on the role, managers don’t want to know about record keeping for 25 students, but that you managed a portfolio of 25 clients. They don’t want to hear about teaching pedagogy and lesson planning but about training strategy and training materials. The corporate world isn’t about grading and cumulative assessments but about data tracking and analysis. 

Go back to your career buckets. Figure out which teaching duties fall under each and then focus on translating the teacher-specific language into corporate-appropriate terminology.  Then you’ll have an already translated list you can easily pull from any time you need to tailor a resume for a new job. 

Do Your Research For Your Teacher Career Change Resume

Last but not least, do your research and include job and industry-specific language and keywords in your resume. These terms should be peppered throughout your elevator pitch summary and throughout your highlighted experiences throughout your resume. Not only will using the language make your experience and skills more relatable to the position you are applying for, but it will show the hiring manager that you have done the work and are fully committed to stepping into the role, rather than a teacher looking for any new job they can get. 

Insider tip? You can utilize job descriptions as a tool, looking for the keywords and experiences highlighted throughout. Find a way to incorporate the industry-specific language as you translate your skills and experiences. Just make sure you know enough to expand upon the ideas if asked in an interview.

If you don’t feel like you have experience in any of the major keywords that pop up, look them up before you write them off. You likely have more experience than you are giving yourself credit for. More often than not, teachers have the skills. They’re just used to calling it something else.

Acquiring New Skills for Your Teacher Change Resume

Even after translating all of your relevant experience, you might find that there are some areas where you are lacking and that’s okay. Depending on the experiences you had while teaching and the role you are looking to transition into, you might find that there are certain skills that would be beneficial to have to make you a more desirable candidate. 

The good news is you can work on new skills while you are still teaching in the classroom. There are a variety of online classes and tutorials you can take at home and add to your teacher transition resume. The added keywords will make it easier for you to find a new career and you’ll likely go into it feeling more confident and prepared. 

Developing your Teacher Career Change Resume: Final Thoughts.

I know that was a lot of information. Maybe you were already stressed about writing your career transition resume, and now you’re feeling even more overwhelmed. If that’s the case, start by taking a deep breath. (Right here, right now). You don’t have to write and send out a hundred resumes in one day, or even one week. 

In fact, you don’t have to write hundreds of resumes at all. 

A lot of teachers ask, “Do I have to create a million different resume templates for all of these jobs?”   Absolutely not. While you should tweak your resume to fit each specific position you are applying for, you can save time by creating a template for each general category of positions you apply to. For example, you might have one template for training-type positions and another for jobs that fall under curriculum writing and instructional design categories.  One final word of advice? When it comes to taking resume writing advice, please, please, please vet your source to ensure the information applies to the position and industry you are applying to.

Teacher Career Change, Beyond the Resume

Developing a professional teacher transition resume is just the first step on your journey to a new career. If you have more questions like: How do I get employers to notice my resume? What kind of jobs am I qualified for? What do I do after I get the interview?!?

I want you to know that if being in the classroom is no longer an option for you, there are many career options for teachers. As a former teacher who transitioned out of the classroom, I have been at that crossroads. I successfully moved from teaching into a new career that has left me happier, healthier, and more relaxed than I ever could have been in the classroom.

Next steps to a new career

One of the biggest mistakes that we see teachers make is that they try to  navigate this process alone . Often, they put off “researching” until the very last minute. Which sets them up for a very stressful application season. I want to help you get some clarity in the options available to you. To know EXACTLY what you need to do (and not do) in order to get your foot in the door. You don’t have to do this on your own. With the help of an HR expert with over 10 years of experience and a team of former teachers, I’ve created a guide to support you in the early stages of your transition out of the classroom.  Tap the button below to learn more .

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Top Five Cover Letter Tips for Changing Careers to Teaching

Career changers have many different motivations for leaving the business world or other occupations and going into teaching. Some have been involved in business training and education and want to teach full time. Others have just seen their children off to school and are seeking full-time employment.

The career switcher almost always has related experience that has motivated the move into education. They may have worked as a corporate trainer and have no experience in a classroom or maybe they taught ESL part-time. Over the last 16 years, I am sure I have seen every type of career transition – surprise me with your career situation, if you can.

Whatever experience you bring to your new job search, the onus is on you to show how your past experience makes you well suited for the teaching position you are applying for. To help you make a convincing case and position yourself for your new career, I have compiled my cover letter tips for changing careers to teaching.

You may think you have no experience as a teacher, but you will have relevant experiences, skills, and accomplishments once we start digging for them.

Five Cover Letter Tips for Changing Careers to Teaching

With more applicants than there are positions available, it's important to write teacher cover letters that get you noticed . The biggest mistake I see applicants make is sending a standard cover letter and resume and expecting the hiring manager to connect the dots. It is the teaching job applicant's responsibility to emphasize related education and work experience, highlight transferable skills, and demonstrate what other steps are being taken (e.g., courses, internships) to prepare for the job transition. 

Getting into teaching can be quite a challenge, if the career changer is not prepared. Whether you are looking for a new challenge, have always had a passion to teach, or just fancy a change, a newly focused teacher cover letter and resume that shows your readiness and enthusiasm for a teaching career will jump out of a stack of resumes.

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter to Transition into Teaching

1. emphasize relevant career experience.

Many career changers I work with feel frustrated by a lack of relevant experience. More often than not, they fail to recognize solid teaching- related skills they possess. Relevant experience to teaching should take center stage in your teacher cover letter and resume.

I like to probe clients to survey their life experience, since many of us have played different teaching roles in various capacities, such as volunteer work and sports mentoring.

Begin your application letter with teaching-related experience. Cover letters do not have to follow chronological order like resumes, and thus provide more flexibility to position yourself for a targeted position.

An applicant with corporate training experience or ESL teaching during college years may want to bring forward this experience. Many careers share core skills with teaching:

  • Nurse to teacher is a natural given the strong human relations skills required and experience instructing patients in health, post-operative care, and other areas.
  • Corporate trainers, team leaders and project managers lead teams, mentor, instruct, and assess performance.
  • Social workers and counsellors are experts in personal and professional development.

Many professionals seek to teach and share their area of expertise, such as:

  • Accountants
  • Computer programmers

Going back to school to sharpen teaching skills could be on your to do list to make a career transition to higher education .

Stay-at-home mothers who are re-entering the workplace have lots of fresh experience teaching and training their children. Over-relying on mommy duties in place of hard teaching skills, however, could weaken your teacher cover letter.

Examples of related experience worth mentioning would be running a daycare, volunteering to conduct reading help twice a week at you child's school, or teaching Sunday school or at the library. The school wants to know what behavioral management strategies and lessons you will use to engage individual students in a classroom.

2. Make a List of Transferable Teaching Skills

Matching transferable skills from your previous work experience to the targeted teaching job can help you identify skills and competencies valued in a teacher. To ensure you do not miss valuable transferable skills, compare teaching job ads with those of your profession.

Most managers today, for example, receive training in coaching, facilitation and mentoring – all valuable teaching skills that are often not mentioned in the cover letter.

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Following is a list of core skills teachers should possess:

  • Organization
  • Mentoring and Training
  • Program Development
  • Making Presentations
  • Multi-tasking
  • Fundraising
  • Collaboration
  • Presentations
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • And the list goes on…

Many professionals find their love for teaching guiding the professional development of employees, so we have a lot of knowledge on making a career transition to a school teacher from a corporate trainer and other popular transition routes. Career switchers often also overlook many basic skills, such as working with training tools, videos, education software, and online learning apps.

3. Communicating Your Teaching Skills

Many career switchers transition to an education career using transferable skills . Showing how you apply these skills will help demonstrate how you will function in a classroom environment.

Videos of you in front a class training 30 employees will show you operating efficiently in a teaching context.  Make a point of describing, in your cover letter, the practical ways in which you have demonstrated and continue to develop these skills. Both hard and soft skills should be demonstrated.

If you require more experience, ask at your children's school for volunteer opportunities. Reference letters from schools will give your teaching skills real credibility.

Conduct an informational interview with teachers and principals. Many teachers will be happy to review your resume and provide guidance on how you can strengthen your application.

4. Show Contributions to Performance Improvements in Student Achievement

Like businesses, schools have to demonstrate their effectiveness by meeting academic performance standards. Your class' performance will not only measure your teaching effectiveness but will also become part of regional and national education performance rankings.

Demonstration of your ability to improve the performance of your students will be highly persuasive evidence of your teaching ability.

Examples of relevant teacher work experience to draw skills from includes:

  • Grading of trainings, conferences and workshops you have developed. Participants are often asked to provide both quantitative (on a scale of 1 to 5) and qualitative reviews (remarks) of business training events.
  • Quantitative evidence of the progress of students of your corporate trainings.
  • Reviews of your performance by your superiors.
  • Association and magazine rankings and rewards that reflect your performance, individually, or as part of a group or company.

5. Demonstrate a Commitment to Education

The last impression you want to give is as a job seeker who is chasing the hottest job trends. Schools want teachers with a passion for teaching, not a job seeker seeking a job in a recession-proof industry. In your teacher cover letter, communicate an awareness of current issues and trends in education. Join education associations and take teachings workshops.

Join social media groups. LinkedIn groups provide an opportunity to share information on targeted positions through groups for K-12 teachers, science and math teachers, special education teachers, and so on. Read education blogs and subscribe to education magazines.

Most importantly, research the school district and school and show knowledge of their educational curriculum and challenges, and how you can help address them. Your letter should convey someone who knows what's currently going on in education.

If you know someone who has previously transitioned into teaching, speak to them and find out if they can offer you any additional tips. Someone who has recently been through the application process can often offer valuable information about what is particularly important to include.

Seek out teachers who have made the transition into teaching. What challenges did they encounter? What tips can they offer?

Once you have developed a cover letter that presents your teaching skills and qualifications, proofread and reread your letter. Have others proofread it for you. Prospective teachers are expected to have excellent standards of literacy and numeracy.

Whether you are trying to transition from a business career to teaching or making a career transition from military to teaching , your cover letter should communicate your qualifications, related experience and preparedness.

To ensure you are ready for a teaching career, review 10 questions to ask if you are considering changing careers to teaching . The earlier you start evaluating you career transition, the sooner you can sign up for the courses, workshops and social media networks you need to sharpen your teaching skill set.

To present a convincing case for your career transition to teaching, review our resume and cover letter samples.

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Career Change for Teachers: A Guide on How to Transition from Teaching

Melissa Ripp

Why a playbook for transitioning teachers?

Before we start: set up your linkedin profile, part 1: so you’re contemplating a pivot. now what, part 2: the search process, part 3: the resume, part 4: the application and interview process, part 5: negotiation and compensation, conclusion (or maybe just the beginning).

This guide will evolve over time to encompass comprehensive advice from current and former teachers, educators who've successfully pivoted, and those who are just starting their transition.

As always at Teal, feedback is welcome — if you have thoughts or recommendations for future tools or additional resources, please give us a shout via email or social. 

Best of luck with your transition from teaching. We're rooting for you every step of the way. 

If you're a teacher reading this guide, you most likely know the answer. Teaching is an incredibly rewarding job, but an incredibly tough one, too. The  Learning Policy Institute  estimates that 200,000 teachers leave the profession every year—with two out of three leaving for reasons other than retirement.

It's also a number that's increased over the past two years, fueled by the challenges of teaching during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. In a November 2021 Teachers Pay Teachers survey,  nearly half—48%—of the 6,000 teachers surveyed  said they had considered changing jobs in the past month—a number that increased from 32% in June 2021. 

In a recent  Teal-conducted survey , we checked with more than 100 current and former teachers to better understand why many are considering a career pivot from education to a new industry. An overwhelming majority, 63%, identified burnout as the leading reason why they left or are considering leaving the profession, and 83% said they're looking for better work/life balance in their future career. Plain and simple, teachers are  tired. 

Something else that stuck out to us: approximately 70% of the teachers we surveyed said they weren't sure how to sell themselves as qualified for corporate positions.  For many, teaching is the only profession they've ever known, making a transition into a new industry difficult and a bit overwhelming. That's the “why” of this guide: to compile and curate information and resources so that career changes for teachers could be a little more exciting—and a little less anxiety-inducing. This is an incredible opportunity to chart your own course, but we're also aware that it's tough to know where to start the job search.

First, a bit of preparation. A LinkedIn profile is one of the must-haves when it comes to your job search—so you'll want to make sure you're  setting yours up  to work for you.‍

It's important to have a professional headshot as your LinkedIn profile photo—your picture puts a face to the name. If you don't have a true headshot, or it's been a while since yours has been updated, consider having a family member or friend take a few photos of you. A simple, solid background is always a sure bet!‍

Banner Image

‍ The banner image is the large image on the top of your LinkedIn profile. Profiles with LinkedIn banner images are up to 11 times more likely to be viewed than those without. If you're looking for ideas on how to change yours,  this short video  can help!‍

‍LinkedIn URL‍

‍ Creating a custom LinkedIn URL (www.linkedin.com/in/YOURNAME) makes it easier for people to find you on LinkedIn. Teal's  LinkedIn Profile Reviewer  walks you through how to make that edit, or you can  change it directly on LinkedIn .‍

‍ Under your profile picture, LinkedIn allows you to add a headline—and this is easily the most valuable real estate you have. Why? LinkedIn, at its core, is a search engine. When someone—a recruiter, a hiring manager—searches for you there, your headline (along with your name and profile photo) is the first piece of information that can be seen.

Think of your headline as a one-line resume —one that sums up who you are, the roles you might be looking for, and the value you'd bring to a company. It might feel impossible to put all of that information into 220 characters, but it can be done. And, you'll have plenty of time to go into more detail about your skills and experience as you add to your profile.‍

Here's an example. Cassie is a former teacher who made the transition into a role at a software company. You can see her headline gives a quick at-a-glance — her current role, a detail about her skillset, and that she's a former teacher. ‍‍

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‍“About” Section

‍ This next section allows you to summarize your talent and expertise. It functions as a personal mission statement or short professional bio , and you can include a couple of short paragraphs that allow someone to get a feel for who you are as a professional . And, it's a great way to build the keywords that recruiters and hiring managers use when searching for qualified candidates.

Here are some pieces to consider including in your "About" section:

  • Your current role, and the types of roles you're targeting
  • The relevant achievements or accomplishments you're especially proud of
  • A bit about your skills as a teacher, and how you envision using them in your next role
  • The “why” behind your career story—why did you become a teacher? What's inspiring you to use your talents in a different way?
  • Close the section with some personal details. Are you a gardener? Do you have a pet? Is there something you love to do in your spare time? We're more than just our jobs, and these small details help illustrate the person you are.

For more guidance, use our  free Professional Summary Builder Tool —you can fill in the blanks and then copy/paste the statement back into your LinkedIn profile.‍

‍“Experience” Section

‍ This is the part of your LinkedIn profile that should mirror your resume. You'll want to list out your employment history, and for your most recent jobs, include bullet points that explain your main accomplishments and achievements.

Here are a few suggestions for this section:

  • Include keywords that make it easy for recruiters and hiring managers to come across your profile
  • Use strong action words when explaining your responsibilities and achievements
  • Think about your teaching skills as transferable skills, and weave those in where you can (we talk more about those transferable skills below, so hang tight!)

Want a second set of eyes to take a look at your profile after you've created it? A great way to check your LinkedIn profile is to download Teal’s Free Chrome Extension which includes an automated LinkedIn Profile Review . Once you install the extension, just go to your profile page and click on the Teal logo. You’ll see a list of recommendations on how best to optimize your profile and can make updates as needed.

‍Being “Open to Work”‍

‍ As you're getting more familiar with LinkedIn, you might notice that other people have a green “Open to Work” banner around their profile photos. Should you do the same? It all depends on your comfort level.

  • If you're in an active, public job search, we'd suggest using the green “Open to Work” banner. The big reason for this is that recruiters can actually filter candidates by who is open to work. They want to hire people who are able to start a job faster, and this helps them fill their roles.
  • If you'd prefer to keep your job search more private, you can change your “Open to Work” setting on LinkedIn to be  open to recruiters only . This will remove the green banner, but you'll still show up in the filter recruiters can search by.
  • You can also say that you're specifically looking for opportunities in your About section.
  • We don't suggest including that you're “looking for roles” or “open to work” in your LinkedIn headline. There are a few reasons for this: 1) You only get 220 characters to make your mark, and you need that precious real estate, and 2) If you use the “Open to Work” settings above, recruiters and hiring managers will automatically know you're looking for a new opportunity. They're not actively searching "Open for Work" when looking for the roles they're trying to fill—so it's a better use of LinkedIn space to focus on keywords for the job or industry you're looking to pivot into.‍‍

Utilize the LinkedIn "Open to Work" feature to inform your network that you're looking for a new career path.

As  Shawna Berger , a former teacher who's now a recruiter, explains, "Now that I'm a recruiter myself, I highly recommend teachers to not only become active on LinkedIn by engaging and posting, but to enhance their presence with a well-detailed profile. Things like a summary in the 'About Me' section talking about your career goals, unique skills, and showing your personality, as well as detailed bullet points of accomplishments under your 'Experience' section, will make you stand out amongst a sea of transitioning teachers.

Give examples of programs you've piloted, initiatives you've implemented, new teachers you've mentored, or professional development trainings you've organized, etc. People outside of education often don't realize all of the projects teachers are involved in aside from classroom planning and instruction, so make sure you tell them." 

You've made up your mind: as much as you love your students, you're officially taking the steps to leave the classroom. You feel excited, nervous, and a little scared—but you're ready. But what's the first step, exactly?

Even though you've most likely done your fair share of thinking to get to this point, this is a great time to truly reflect on what you want the next part of your career to look like.

Here are some of our recommendations for doing just that, complete with free workbooks and resources we've put together to make career changes for teachers that much easier: ‍

‍Do some soul-searching to determine what you really want.

  • ‍ Determine your values and motivation:  Use our  values workbook  to help you determine what's important to you in your new role. Suppose you're feeling stuck on identifying or articulating your values. In that case, we recommend checking out our  free, on-demand video class  that explains our career values framework and helps you dive further into what you want more and less of in your new career or role.

We have a template, the Teal Values Workbook . It is meant to help you discern and document your values.

  • ‍ Reflect on your skills:  Use our  skills workbook  to reflect on the skills you've gained through teaching and how they may translate into your next role. Next, identify potential skills—abilities you haven't acquired yet, but want to learn and/or develop. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to identifying and leveraging those skills, our  free, on-demand video class  can help you better understand your natural strengths and energizers, as well as acquired skills.
  • ‍ Brainstorm your interests:  Use our  interests workbook  to identify your interests and how they align with your skills. Check out this  free, on-demand video class  on how to align your interests and skills—and this class on how you research career options so you can more easily brainstorm potential opportunities and identify any blockers.

We have a tool, the Interests Workbook , to help you map out the things you’re excited about.

In the workbook that we've created for interests, there's a separate tab to help you document your limiting beliefs, the blockers, and the strategies that you can take to get past them.

  • ‍ Develop your career pivot strategy:  The thought of departing from teaching can feel overwhelming if it's the only profession you've ever known. Having a career pivot strategy—a series of foundational steps you take to ensure you're feeling strong and empowered in your decision-making process—can help. These strategies include actions like learning how to talk about your experience, creating a transition plan, and learning how to network. Learn how to develop yours  here . ‍

‍Go from thinking to doing: How to brainstorm and research possible career options‍

Now that you've spent some time getting into the right headspace about how to transition from teaching, it's time to dig into the next step: researching the career options that will align with the values, skills, and interests you've documented.

At this stage, you might not be sure what types of roles you want to apply for quite yet, or what kind of career you want to pivot to. That's to be expected—and we have a few things that might help:

‍Redefine what “career passion” means‍

‍ Passion looks different for everyone, and there's no one way that feeling passionate translates to your everyday life. And for transitioning teachers, determining passion outside of the classroom can be a bit tricky, as your passion has likely been working with young people and helping them realize their potential.

That might very well still be your passion, and that's 100% okay! It's a feeling that's been part of you for so long that it might never go away. However, it's also good to remember that passion can show up in different ways. It can  change based on where you are in your career  and can show up as more simple emotions like relief, comfort, or even pleasure.

As you move through your work life and personal life each day, take note of the times when you feel calm, relaxed, or happy. Those could be the signs that lead you to identify your passion.‍

Take teacher-turned-recruiter  Shawna Berger , for example. "I never assumed teaching would be my lifelong career because I do have many interests and passions," she explains. "I taught for 17 years and felt like at this point, I really accomplished everything I wanted to in education and I was ready for a new challenge." 

"Yes, it was scary. I was very comfortable in my job, at my school, etc. But getting out of your comfort zone can be exciting, too."

But it's not so clear-cut for everyone—each career journey is unique, and for others, the transition out of the classroom isn't an easy one. As former teacher  Jo Moss , who now works in customer experience, explains, “Teaching was my passion. Like my dream job, my dream career. It was more a feeling of sadness leaving. Definitely income was a huge driving factor for change, as well as health safety concerns, work/life balance, and having more autonomy over my work impact and day-to-day schedule." 

"For me, there was a huge emotional component when I left teaching," adds  Heather Scott , a former teacher and now social media marketer. "I felt guilty about leaving the profession, but I was so emotionally drained I knew I needed to support education outside of the classroom. I don't regret moving to publishing, but even decades later there are times I really miss seeing those day-to-day developments and discoveries!"

‍Take time to identify your career goals‍

‍ Looking in-depth at your accomplishments and setbacks—and asking yourself what you can work on—is helpful for self-reflection and setting intentions, especially as you prepare to transition out of teaching. Setting goals for yourself can be a useful aspect of progressing through your personal and professional life. Our  free workbook can help guide you  through the process so you can evaluate and establish important goals, creating a clearer idea of what you're working towards. ‍

‍Discover your work style‍

‍ In addition to being in touch with your skills and interests, you'll also want to figure out your work style — the collection of behaviors and attitudes that you apply to your tasks and relationships in your day-to-day work. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they approach their work, including how you solve problems and manage relationships.

Understanding your work style can also help you figure out the roles you might excel in. When you're able to tailor how you work to what you do, you can maximize your happiness — and your success. Take our  Work Styles assessment  to determine yours—and how to use the results to your advantage in your job search. ‍

This is a quick self assessment to help you build your confidence in your career journey.

Use the Work Style assessment tool. Go to it and read each section thoroughly. Hopefully that will give you some tips to better understand your style as you go into this career transition.

Brainstorm and document your options‍

‍ The best way to start understanding your potential options is through good old-fashioned brainstorming. Having a plan with these options laid out can help streamline your job search process, as it minimizes the time you'll spend on industries or companies that you know you're not interested in.

First, brainstorm industries, companies, and functions that appeal to you. This will help refine your search and make your career shift that much easier. Think of companies that have caught your eye in the past, or that you've admired and would enjoy working for. Make a list of industries other former teachers in your network have successfully transitioned to. If you need a place to start recording your thoughts, our  free Career Shift Research Tool  can help—and as you see companies you might want to work for, adding them to your Teal Teal Job Application Tracker  is a great way to keep them organized. ‍

"I started out by talking to close friends and family about my desires to leave the classroom and welcomed their ideas," says Shawna Berger, who transitioned from teaching to recruiting. "After all, they know me and they know what I'm good at. I received amazing feedback and researched many of the jobs they suggested, as well as career paths that I found other transitioning teachers taking from my networking on LinkedIn." 

Use job boards for career research

‍ Job boards—like the ones you see on LinkedIn, Indeed, and Zip Recruiter — can be used for so much more than looking for jobs. Often, these platforms use the job description as part of the algorithm for creating search results, so a great place to start is by typing your skills and interests into the search bar of the job board and seeing what comes up. You might be surprised at all of the job roles that come up that are looking for the skills and interests you have!

Check out this video on TikTok from Teal CEO Dave Fano for a closer look at how this works.

Think of job browsing on these sites as a bit of online “window shopping.” There's no need to decide on anything yet—but you can save the roles that pique your interest so you can go back and identify commonalities later. 

Once you start to get an idea of what kind of jobs are out there that align with your skills and interest, you can move on to finding roles and potential salaries. Research job boards to take a look at how those roles translate to available positions, and what the average salaries are for those roles.

Take a look at Teal's Job List , a list of jobs vetted, curated, and structured so you can spend less time searching and more time applying.

Network, network, network through informational interviews

Another way to  decide on the type of career you'd like to have  is to network with those who are working a career path that you're interested in or have a job title that keeps coming up in your searches. Informational interviews are meetings to exchange information with no other intent other than networking and learning. 

Informational interviews might seem daunting at first because they may require you to reach out to people you don't know. We've put together some resources to help you conduct successful informational interviews,  complete with guides and templates  to help you send that initial email, craft interview questions, and send a follow-up thank you. A great way to test the waters for informational interviews is through LinkedIn—posting a quick post to let your network know that you're looking to have some conversations can result in plenty of leads, too!

As  Cassie Piggott —a former teacher who now works in customer success—explains, "I started my journey out of the classroom at the end of 2021. I was burnt out and looking for a new adventure. But, like a lot of other teachers that have never had to truly network before, I spent several months lurking on LinkedIn. I was applying for jobs but I didn't understand why my job search wasn't getting any real traction. I had sidelined myself but didn't realize it."

"Thankfully a new LinkedIn friend pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and truly network with people. I was so scared! I couldn't just send random people emails asking for their time; what if they ignored me or, even worse, were rude? The exact opposite happened. These people gave their time to me and answered my questions. They sincerely wanted to help me and I was floored. From that point on, I was shooting my shot all day long on LinkedIn. If I applied for a job, you better believe the job poster and the hiring manager were getting a connection request and a DM from me. I was also pushing out content and creating videos about how my teacher skills translated to Customer Success skills."

Networking on LinkedIn can be so valuable during your job search and can lead transitioning teachers to  helpful resources  along the way.

One piece of advice as you work through this soul-searching:

‍ Remember that the career you're looking to get into now is not the career you might have 5 to 10 years from now. Many of us were taught to consider long-term career plans and goals (hello, teaching!) but that style of planning rarely fits with today's fast-moving reality.

‍ Shawna Berger , a transitioned teacher turned recruiter, explains, "I also recommend to teachers not to be afraid of temp or contract positions. It's a foot in the door that can give you great experience and possibly lead to a full-time job, but it's also an opportunity for you to try out a new career."

Career pivots are becoming more and more normal, so don't pressure yourself to find that “one thing” you're going to do for the rest of your life. Focus on long-term objectives instead and keep those broad, and outline action steps for the next year or two. This gives you the flexibility to evaluate and shift as needed—without getting caught up in the story that your career needs to develop or move in a certain direction. Think stepping stone—not a fully-cemented pathway. 

Recommended Reading‍‍

Here are a few books and articles to get you started on your journey. While the books are high-level career pivot-types of reads, you'll see there are plenty of teacher-specific articles to check out!

  • ‍ ‍ When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Wan t  (Mike Lewis) ‍
  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life   (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)
  • ‍ ‍ How to Get Into Tech as a Teacher  (Genevieve Carlton, ZDNet) ‍
  • How I Successfully Transitioned From Teaching Kindergarten to Working at Apple  (Jeremy Schifeling, The Muse) ‍
  • Transitioning From Teaching to EdTech  (Merisenda Alatorre, LinkedIn) ‍
  • When You Feel Stagnant as a Teacher, Use this Free Research-based Tool  (Teacher Transition) ‍
  • How to Transition Out of Teaching  (Educator Forever) ‍
  • 40 of the Best Alternative Jobs for Former Teachers  (Indeed)
  • Career Change: Teacher to Instructional Designer   (Kristen Fife, LInkedIn)
  • 10 Best Jobs for Former Teachers Navigating Career Changes  (Meghan Gallagher) 

Take stock of your transferable skills‍

All those skills you've acquired as you've worked to hone your teaching craft throughout the years? They're highly marketable to other roles and industries as well. These are called  transferable skills —the talents and abilities we acquire through our past work experiences, our schooling and professional development, internships, hobbies, and volunteer experiences. 

"I still struggle in general with the resume—how to word things, how to explain what tasks and accomplishments I've done at a previous job," says Jo Moss, who transitioned from teaching to a customer experience role at an edtech company.

We're here to confirm: as a teacher, you have an incredible amount of skills that can easily be transferred to other industries. Here are just a few:

  • Multitasking and managing tasks, events, and projects
  • Efficiency and time management
  • Problem solving/evaluating and decision making
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Interpersonal skills and building relationships
  • Having enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude
  • Writing skills and curriculum development
  • Research and technical skills (good with technology, etc.)
  • Analyzing data and trends
  • Collaborating and working independently

Now, here's a more in-depth look at how your classroom skills can easily be applied to a business setting: 

Classroom skills and corporate skills list

Examples of how classroom skills may be transferable to a corporate setting.

As you reflect on your own transferable skills, use our  free skills workbook  to record them. Using the grid above as a guide, think about how you'd reframe those skills in the context of the industries and roles you're interested in.

Use Teal’s Skills Database in the free Skills Workbook to identify your current skills and potential skills that you want to acquire. Once you've identified those, enter them into Teal’s Skills Identifier.

Nicole Routon , a former teacher who's now an instructional designer, training specialist, and resume writer, spent time reflecting on the activities she liked and how those may translate outside of the classroom. "I was a science teacher, so I really enjoyed activities like building, but I also really loved putting together the experiences," she noted. "I realized that I really liked developing what you're going to do during a lesson or a curriculum. I was going to the conferences, and I always pictured myself talking to people about different kinds of technology and, you know, kind of selling them on the fact that they needed it in the classrooms. It felt like sort of a natural transition then in that sense." 

Follow other transitioning teachers‍

A key part of any career pivot is surrounding yourself with others who either have done—or are in the process of doing—the same thing. The good news is that you're not alone—there are many others in your shoes figuring out how to transition from teaching, and many of them are documented or have documented that process on social media and through other online channels.

Here's a short list of people we suggest connecting with on Instagram and Facebook:

Millennial in Debt Melissa was a classroom teacher for 11 years and is now making the transition into tech. Not only does she have great content for how to navigate your job search, she also has plenty of content that's transitioning teacher-specific.

Teacher Career Coach Daphne is a former teacher whose passion is supporting others in their own career transitions from the classroom. She talks about lessons she learned in her own career pivot, as well as timely topics like whether a recession may impact transitioning teachers. 

Teacher Transition Ali is a great follow for when you're job search is getting geared up — she has the scoop on plenty of teacher-friendly jobs. She also posts many jobs on her Instagram feed, as well as experiences like virtual job fairs and summits. 

Send It! To Success Rebecca and Michael are two former teachers who now help burned-out educators and mission-driven professionals make career changes using the skills they already have. In addition to their social media content, they have plenty of free resources!

Transitioning Teachers  and  Teachers Transitioning to Tech , both private Facebook groups, are both great communities for teachers who are just starting out with their career pivots and want to connect with people who are in the midst of their own journeys. 

And, LinkedIn is one of the best places to locate other #TransitioningTeachers — even searching the hashtag is a great way to see who else is on the same path. If you'd like a few current and former educators (and those who support them!) to get started, here are a few of our recommendations.

Want to be added to this list?  Send us a note here  and we're glad to include you.

  • ‍ Shawna Berger ‍
  • Jo Moss  (who also has a great  TikTok account !) ‍
  • Nicole Routon ‍
  • Cassie Piggott ‍
  • Myquasia Chambers
  • Scott Totten
  • Jeff Patterson
  • Anna Murphy
  • Tiffany Dorris
  • Erin Lewber (not a former teacher but offers great advice!) ‍
  • Heather Scott ‍
  • Paulette Santa-Parzons ‍
  • Holly Owens (who also has a podcast !)
  • Amanda Hall
  • Carla Goldberg
  • Kelsie Marks

Okay, you've done the important part of soul-searching before you dove straight into the job search—awesome! The skills and interests you've uncovered, passions you've paid attention to, people you've talked with, and transitioning teachers you've followed will all help with this next phase—getting into the nitty-gritty of the actual job search.

Make a job search plan

We understand—searching for the right job can feel more than a little overwhelming. There are so many types of jobs for teachers leaving education. How do you know which step to take? Creating a plan by narrowing down your opportunities and allocating time to work through the process can help the process be less stressful and more manageable. 

This is where all of the research you've done in the section above can come in handy. Using our  free Job Search Planner workbook , list the roles and industries you're interested in pursuing, along with the companies you'd like to work for. This can help you narrow your search, allowing you to spend the time on the opportunities you're most excited about.

Next, set a timeline for yourself to stay accountable during your job search. Consider how many hours you'd like to spend per week searching for a job. If you use the Job Search planner, it will automatically calculate how many people to network with and jobs to apply for and follow up on per week to ensure you hit your goals. 

Save roles you're interested in and identify common themes

When you're going through the process of looking at roles, you'll want to have a foolproof organization system. Teal's Job Application Tracker can help you save all of your jobs in one central spot, or if a spreadsheet is more your jam, you could go that route.

Manage your job search with Teal , a free job tracking software that lets you track and store important job hunting details.

As you're developing your initial list of interesting roles, make a note of any commonalities that come up. For instance, do the jobs seem to have a specific industry in common, such as educational technology or advertising and marketing? How about the roles themselves — are the majority of them Project Manager roles, or Instructional Design, for example? Seeing all of these roles in one place can help you streamline your search further and start concentrating on specific industries or role types.

Learn how to decode job descriptions 

A job description (also called a JD for short) is a statement that outlines the essential job requirements, duties, responsibilities, and skills required to perform a specific role. It's like a company's request for a proposal that outlines everything they're looking for in an employee. Your job is to explain—through your cover letter and resume—why you're as close to a match as possible for what they're seeking. 

Use the AI Resume Writer to quickly compare the skills and keywords in the job posting to those in your resume. Make sure to add any relevant experience to your customized resume and to your application answers.

As you're reading through a job description, think about it in these four sections:

The requirements

When companies write job descriptions, they're trying to be as unambiguous as possible—after all, not letting candidates know exactly what they're looking for creates more work on their end as well. Pay special attention to the requirements—the essential hard skills and the minimum qualifications.

One tip we suggest is as you're reading the requirements, turn each bullet point into a question mark and ask yourself: “Do I have experience with X?” 

For example, if you're looking at a marketing role and the company requires “7+ years Lifecycle/CRM experience with a proven understanding of product-led growth motions,” ask yourself, “Do I have7+ years of Lifecycle/CRM experience with a proven understanding of product-led growth motions?” 

It might sound silly, but trust us—it can be a huge help in determining what the requirements are and whether you have the skills they're looking for to apply for the role. 

To get a better idea of which types of information are must-haves, our resume examples include in-depth, section-by-section guidance to help you align your experience to the job properly.  

The “nice to haves”

In taking a look at the requirements, you might see another set of bullet points or information that say things like, “Experience in the edtech industry is a plus,” or “Master's degree preferred, but not required.” These are called “nice to haves” — qualifications that aren't critical, but would be a “plus” for a candidate to bring to the table. 

Here's the truth about “nice to haves” — candidates who have these skills, experience, and education levels will most likely be prioritized, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply if it's a job that interests you. In many cases, these experiences may enhance success in a particular role, but it's not critical to have. ‍

The role description and responsibilities

When you're looking at a job description, pay attention to how the roles and responsibilities of the role are listed. As career strategist and recruiter  Maddie Machado  explains, “The roles and responsibilities in a job description are listed in order of how much you're going to be doing each in the job. Whatever is the top bullet point is what you'll be doing primarily. If the things you enjoy doing the most are at the bottom of the list, you're probably not going to be doing much of that. I always try to tell people that a job description is written by order of importance.” 

Company information‍

After you've gone through the description, requirements, and responsibilities, zoom out and concentrate on the company itself. Make sure you do your homework on them by exploring the following:

  • Are you familiar with the company, or do you need to do a bit of research? 
  • Has the company been in business for a while, or is it a start-up? 
  • If they are a startup, what stage are they in? What does their funding look like? 
  • How many people work for the company? 
  • Is there a hiring manager's name attached to the job description? Can you look them up on LinkedIn to find out more?

You can keep track of the research you conduct in Teal’s Job Application Tracker . Tips and guidance are offered of where and how to conduct research. You can also log the research completed on any contacts you have made at the company.

Here are some resources that can help break down job description language even further—all of the articles below are written for human resources departments and recruiters, but they'll give you additional information on how JDs are typically structured: 

  • Writing an Effective Job Description  (via Wright.edu) ‍
  • How to Write a Good Job Description  (via Recruitee.com)  ‍
  • Writing a Job Description That Attracts Ideal Clients  (via HubSpot)

Work to close skills gaps by upskilling

As you begin to read through job descriptions, you'll most likely notice skills requirements that come up over and over. Continuing with our Instructional Design example above, you might see job descriptions that ask for specific experience with a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard or Canvas. Or, perhaps there's a company you'd like to work for, but nearly every description of theirs asks that people be fluent in Webflow and Notion.

The truth is, for the many transferable skills you possess, you may need to do a bit of professional development to fill your skills gaps in other areas. Depending on the career change you're planning to make, you may require more or less upskilling. If you're transitioning to a tech company or a tech-focused role, you may need to become proficient in the main platforms the company uses, or at least be familiar with them. 

If this feels overwhelming, don't worry—upskilling for the sake of a career pivot is to be expected. And, there are plenty of free and paid resources out there—online courses, boot camps, and learning modules—to help you become a pro at whichever platform or tool an organization is focusing on. 

And, here's an added benefit to upskilling: no matter how confident you are during your job search, there might be times you're working through  impostor syndrome —that phenomenon where you get tricked into thinking you're not as competent and capable as you really are. One of the best ways to combat that feeling is to learn something new, and starting with the expertise you'll need in your new career is a great place to begin. 

Cassie Piggott, whom you may remember from earlier in this piece, put it this way: "Upskilling is so important... There are things about working in the corporate world that teachers just don't know. I focused on Salesforce training through their  free Trailhead program . I advise everyone to get some type of basic CRM training because no matter what career you move into you will probably be required to use a CRM. You don't have to pay a ton of money, either—there are a ton of free resources out there."

A fellow transitioning teacher,  Myquasia Chambers , who's now a tech recruiter, noted:

"I took this as a time to upskill because I saw that skills were something that people were using to thrive and get into tech. Even though I still miss my students, being in an environment where you're respected, acknowledged, and you can make sure your work-life balance is important to you—this is where I need to be.” 

Identifying skills gaps

Before you start identifying  how  you begin to narrow your skills gap, let's first focus on identifying what you need to learn. There are two ways we'd suggest narrowing this down:

  • One is to compare job descriptions using Teal's Job Application Tracker  to see what skills keep coming up over all of the roles you've saved. 
  • The other way is by embarking on a  personal SWOT analysis  to determine your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and develop a plan for what you're going to focus on to develop your skills.

Connecting skills gaps to the right learning tool

Now that you've narrowed down what you need to learn, you'll want to find the best places and platforms for you to soak up that knowledge. We've got you covered there. Below, we've created a comprehensive list of paid and free courses, platforms, and resources that provide a great starting point:

Transitioning teacher-specific resources and courses:

  • Educator Forever's  Making a Living Beyond the Classroom
  • Send IT! To Success  Bootcamp Workshop Series
  • Send IT! To Success  Career Coaching Program  
  • The Teacher Career Coach Course
  • Teacher Transition  Career Courses

General and technology-focused resources and platforms:

‍ *Please note: These are affiliate links, which means Teal may earn a commission for purchases made through this link. We only recommend products, resources, and programs that we believe in and trust, and will disclose if any of our content is sponsored. 

  • Aspireship *
  • Code Academy *
  • Dataquest *
  • Future Learn *
  • Google Certificate * program
  • Go Skills *
  • Hubspot Academy * certification
  • LinkedIn Learning *  (if you don't have LinkedIn Premium, you can also access the courses with your  public library card !)
  • MasterClass *
  • MindTools Leadership & Management Skills
  • PathStream *
  • Pluralsight *
  • Skillshare *
  • Teachable *

Any other classes, courses, or resources you'd add to this list?  Send us a note  and let us know! 

Brush up on unfamiliar terminology

Just as you might stumble across platforms, technology, and skills you're unfamiliar with when exploring jobs for teachers leaving education, there might be acronyms and terminology that you haven't seen before. (Especially in tech—the tech industry LOVES their acronyms!) Understanding this terminology can not only help with your job search, but it can help you be more knowledgeable in interviews.

We've compiled a list of some of the most-used corporate acronyms so you can start to get familiar—and if you'd like to dive in even further,  this piece from The Muse  is another great resource.

Common corporate acronyms - general list

Search for roles in unconventional ways (aka not LinkedIn)‍

LinkedIn and the popular job boards like Indeed can be great starting places to start your job search, but we'd be doing you a huge disservice if we didn't point out all of the other resources you can use to uncover the sheer number of opportunities and jobs for teachers leaving education: ‍

‍Look for job boards off the beaten path‍

One of the best-kept secrets in the job application process are the job boards that aren't quite as mainstream. Many of these boards are niche job boards that specialize in a particular subgroup or industry (i.e women in tech, remote jobs, etc.) —and often, they feature roles that aren't posted on LinkedIn. Pursuing these boards is a great way to find job descriptions that pique your interest and align with your skillset. 

Recently, we rounded up a list of  40+ job boards  that the free Teal Job Application Tracker extension supports—and we're always updating this list regularly. If you happen to come across one in your own job search that we've missed,  please let us know ! 

Leverage your network‍

Networking is—by far—the most effective way to land a job. The data speaks for itself—50% of people hear about potential jobs from their friends, while 37% of people will learn about a role through their professional networks. And, the quality of the roles—and your ability to land an interview—improves dramatically if you have some sort of personal or professional connection to the role. 

One misconception about networking that we'd like to dispel: many people think they should only consider reaching out to the people that they know. But as our CEO Dave Fano says, it's actually the “loose ties” and the “weak ties” that get you the most results. Think about it: even if your friends or first-degree connections on LinkedIn aren't hiring, they most likely know a person or company that is.

Communication templates for different situations throughout the entire hiring process are located within Teal's Job Application Tracker . There are templates for leveraging your network, responding to recruiters, making personalized connections, cold outreach, follow-ups, and more.

As Shawna Berger puts it, "Referrals are so helpful. I absolutely encourage teachers to reach out to friends, family, and even acquaintances during the job seeking process."

Still not sure who to ask, or where to find them? Here's a quick breakdown.

List of ways to leverage your network

Another important part of your network are the contacts you meet through the  informational interviews  we talked about above. Your new connections might work at a company who is hiring, or might know of someone at another organization who's hiring. 

Research and join digital communities

The “Transitioning Teachers” Facebook groups and Instagram accounts listed above are another great way to learn about open roles. Many former teachers who now have non-classroom roles continue to stay in these groups even after they've started a new job for the purpose of helping others, and you might see opportunities here before they're rolled out to the bigger job boards. 

Teal's CEO Dave Fano goes in-depth into all of these strategies and more in  this free digital course  on how to find job opportunities — be sure to check it out.

Recommended Reading:

  • ‍ 25 Careers for Teachers Who Leave the Classroom  (Western Governors University)
  • ‍ Jobs for Former Teachers  (Teacher Career Coach)
  • ‍ 47 Jobs for Former Teachers  (Trade Schools & Universities)
  • ‍ The Ultimate Tech Job Toolkit  (Break Into Tech)
  • ‍ Customer Education Job Titles & Descriptions  (Learning Outcomes)
  • ‍ Why Teachers Are Leaving And Where They're Going  (Daphne Gomez, Forbes)
  • ‍ Unexpected Ways to Use Your Teaching Experience  (Educator Forever)
  • ‍ The 10 Great Career Changes for Teachers & Educators in 2022  (Grad School Center)

Now we get to the  good  part — creating and tailoring your resume. 

In helping thousands of job seekers — including transitioning teachers like you — grow their careers, we want to impart a few things about the resume that are important to keep in mind before you even put proverbial pen to paper:

‍There's no such thing as the “one perfect resume.”‍

The moment you began your job search, you started a brand-new role: that of a sales person. The product you're selling? You.

At Teal, we often say a job posting is like a request for a proposal, and your resume is the sales pitch. No good salesperson would give the same pitch to different clients, who most likely have different problems—and similarly, we recommend that you not submit the same resume when you're applying for different roles.

The truth is that there's no such thing as the one perfect resume that will speak to every role at every company. Tailoring your resume for each job—or at least the jobs you're most interested in—is the best way to increase your odds at being called for an interview.

Educators Caitlin and Jenny discuss the importance of  tailoring your resume for each job description  in their podcast, CK & GK Podcast. We also suggest listening to their episode providing tips and tricks for  writing a killer cover letter .  ‍

The job of your resume? To get you an interview.‍

Notice that above, we didn't end our sentence with, “the best way to increase your odds of getting a job.” That's because the purpose of your cover letter and resume is to get you through to that very first stage—the interview. Your resume should quickly make the case of how qualified you are for a specific position. Studies show that recruiters spend about 7.4 seconds looking at each resume—another reason why tailoring your resume for the job you're applying for—or at least the general job family—is so critical.

Note: when we say “tailor,” we're not saying you have to fully rewrite your resume for every position.  After all, this is a job search, and we can't ignore the fact that on average, it takes 21 to 80 job applications for a job seeker to get one job offer! On the contrary—we're focusing on a few strategic modifications that you can make to align your resume to the specific details of a job description. 

Begin with a resume baseline‍

‍ Before you can begin tailoring your resume, you'll want to develop one to use as your primary resume. In the Teal platform, we refer to that section as your "Work History"—a place for all of your accomplishments, achievements, and professional wins so that when it comes time to tailor your resume for a particular role, you have a running list of successes to choose from, and you can select the most relevant bullet points without having to start from scratch.

Using Teal's software, you can build an exhaustive list detailing your work experience, and it will all be saved in your Work History for you to pick and choose from as needed.

Once you have your primary resume and have documented your achievements, how do you begin tailoring it for maximum impact? We recommend looking at four different aspects: 

  • Skills. ‍ Look at a job description to see how the company is writing about skills, both in terms of hard skills and soft skills. Are they being written in tool form (like Excel, PowerPoint, or HubSpot) or are they being written in more of a tactical or verb form (presentation design, marketing automation, or data analysis)? Tailor the presentation of your skills to match how the company is displaying their requirements. 
  • Industry. ‍ Think about industry as domain knowledge—it's often only able to be obtained through direct work experience. We realize as a transitioning teacher, you most likely don't have this industry experience, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply! Just spell out exactly how your skills are transferable to the industry of the company. 
  • Product.  Consider how the company makes money, and how they package what they sell. Do they sell software, or another kind of product? Do they sell to other businesses (business-to-business, or B2B) or do they sell directly to people/consumers (i.e., B2C)? Do they sell long-term contracts to large companies, or monthly subscriptions to consumers? This might sound like an in-depth question, but companies will prioritize candidates who are familiar with their product and target audiences. 
  • Stage. ‍ This refers to what stage of growth a company is currently in. Let's say you're looking to transition into tech, and are looking at technology startups. Depending on the company, you could be trying to get an interview with an established technology company—one that's been around for 10–15 years—or one that's in the venture-funded or growth stages. Depending on a company's stage, they'll have very different hiring needs, so being able to speak to how your skills and job experience can be a benefit to where are in their business is another consideration. To learn more about what stage a company's in, we recommend searching the company on  Crunchbase .

With these four main areas taken into consideration, the next step is to adjust your resume so that it utilizes the keywords most relevant to the job description. To do this, review the job description, identify the keywords that are used most frequently (you can do so for free in Teal when you add a role to your  Job Application Tracker !) and incorporate those words into the resume you're customizing. 

Teal’s Job Application Tracker & AI Resume Builder help extract the top keywords so you can quickly customize your resume and let a company know exactly why you are applying for a specific position.

Bookmark a job with Teal’s free Job Application Tracker and you’ll see the keywords and skills highlighted automatically. Quickly review the most common keywords and make sure to tailor your application and interview answers accordingly.

Want to dig in a little deeper? The video below walks through the resume customization process in more detail:

Recommended Resume Reading: ‍

  • ‍ Transitioning for Teaching to Tech  (Learning Outcomes) ‍
  • How to Write a Resume When Changing Careers From Teaching  (Indeed) ‍
  • Resume Tips for Teachers  (Teacher Career Change) ‍
  • Leaving Teaching? How to Make Your Resume Stand Out in the Corporate World  (We Are Teachers)

Sample Resumes:

  • ‍ Free Resume Samples  (Monster.com)
  • ‍ Resume Samples  (Beam Jobs)

Wait…there's a process for applying to jobs?‍

If that's what you're thinking, we get it. As simple as it might sound to apply for roles you're interested in, like all parts of the job search, there is a process you'll want to be mindful of so you get better results. After all, your goal is to get in that door and get that interview. 

As you might have already guessed, we have an entire (and free!) online class for this. In the course below, Dave goes through:

  • An overview of the hiring process at companies
  • Knowing when and how to use referrals for job applications
  • Understanding the different types of recruiters and their roles
  • Getting your application noticed by knowing how to contact people
  • Learning about online application systems and how to track your job search

Understanding the interview process‍

As a teacher, you're most likely used to having a very specific interview process for teaching and support roles. That process most likely looks very different from a typical corporate interview process. 

It's called a “process” for a reason—there are usually several steps or phases you need to make it through before signing an offer letter. And, it varies by company—some will be super simple and streamlined, while others will be lengthy and complex. But, speaking generally,  here's what you can expect :

  • Application Review:  A recruiter or hiring manager will take a look at your cover letter, resume, and whatever other information you were required to submit before deciding how to move forward.
  • Phone Screening or Initial Meeting:  This is typically a quick (sometimes only 15 minutes or so) conversation with the recruiter or hiring manager so that they can meet you, confirm your qualifications, cover some basics, and get a gut feel for whether or not you should get a full interview.
  • First Interview:  This is a longer conversation done in-person or via video chat where you'll spend an hour or so answering questions about your skills, background, and professional experiences.
  • Second Interview:   This is an even more thorough conversation where a potential employer will dig even deeper into whether or not you're a good fit for the role.
  • Background or Reference Check:  While not every company does it, some employers might complete a background check or call your references for final confirmation that you're the right fit.
  • Job Offer:  Finally, the finish line! You receive an offer from the company. 

Prepping for the interview

The questions you'll be asked in a corporate interview will be very different from an educational interview. We have several great interview resources that can help prepare for (almost) every type of question: 

  • We looked into the  one interview question that hiring managers, recruiters, and leaders of some of our favorite tech companies love to ask . These are great questions to pursue, as they're a reminder that interview questions can be as varied as the type of companies that are asking them. 
  • Many interviews, especially second ones, will most likely be peppered with behavioral and/or situational interview questions.  Behavioral interview questions  usually start with, “Tell me about a time when…” They ask about what you've done—and you'll need to recall a specific experience or anecdote that actually happened. In contrast,  situational interview questions  ask about what you would do. They set up a hypothetical situation and require you to explain how you'd react and respond. We break down the difference—and give examples of each—in  this post . 
  • With remote work becoming the norm across a wide range of sectors, more employers are turning to Zoom and other video platforms to conduct interviews online. When you're accustomed to in-person interviews, the thought of a video interview can be daunting—here are a few of our best  Zoom interview tips .

Within Teal’s Job Application Tracker are tips and resources to help you practice interviewing.

Interviewing is, in our humble opinion, the most important part of the whole job search process. If you're looking for tips and tricks to get the best out the interview process, take a look at this video:

You can also check out  this TikTok video  to get the scoop on three of our go-to free interview resources:

From the video:

  • ‍ Google Interview Warm-Up ‍
  • LinkedIn interview prep ‍
  • Teal's interview Guide ‍

Other resources:

  • ‍ BrightHire's Interview Intelligence Tool ‍
  • Exponent's Interview Prep Platform

Combating impostor syndrome‍

Before and during the interview process, there might be a little uncertainty that creeps up. Your inner critic might pop up a few more times than you'd like. As much as we wish it wouldn't, our impostor syndrome is present during this part of the job search process. If it starts to affect you,  we've outlined a few ways to combat it . 

Compensation is a very broad topic, and one that's not just about your salary or cash compensation. As a transitioning teacher, this might be another aspect of the job search that is new to you—there might have been little or zero room to negotiate your compensation and benefits in your previous or current teaching role.

Here are a few things to keep in mind on the compensation front:

  • Make sure you understand your “total rewards” package for the role.  Your total rewards is a 360-degree view of all things you can negotiate for. Here's a link to our checklist, which shows the various elements that MAY make up a total rewards package:  https://tealhq.co/totalrewards .  (Note: Not all of these things are negotiable, but they're worth being aware of. You can't ask for what you don't know to ask for!)
  • Research what the fair market value is for the role.  There are plenty of resources to help you do this. We recently compiled a list of  30 salary websites , including those at  Glassdoor  and  Monster.com . In addition, you can always use the  Teal Chrome extension  to pull salary data when it's available. And, when a recruiter or hiring manager asks,  “What are your salary requirements during an interview?”  you'll be prepared!)
  • Keep an eye out for the unfamiliar (but awesome!) benefits.  Benefits can look very different in the corporate world than they might have looked as a teacher. Make sure that you're  aware of what these might look like —remote work, 401(k), flexible PTO and sick days, work stipends for professional development, and more—and understand what they entail.

A few tips for negotiation as you head into your new role:

  • Don't jump at the first offer.  It might be tempting—especially if the salary is much higher than you might be used to as an educator—to accept the first job offer you get. Understanding the market rate for your role will help you determine whether it's a good offer, or whether you might consider counter-offering. 
  • Find your points of leverage.  Typically, your biggest point of leverage for a role is the years of experience you have and the expertise you've accrued as a result. As you're transitioning into a new industry, you may not have the years of experience—but you might be able to leverage your knowledge of the current market rate for your role, or how a specific skill you have translates into a salary increase. 
  • Know you can negotiate more than salary.  Just like our  Compensation Checklist  can ensure you understand the total rewards package being offered for your role, it can also help you identify potential benefits that may be able to be negotiated. 
  • ‍ Negotiate salary over the phone, not email.  Emailing might be a more comfortable option, especially when money is the main point of conversation. However,  negotiating salary over the phone  is likely to be more successful—you get the opportunity to have a real-time conversation and ask clarifying questions about the salary and benefits package being offered.  Here are some scripts  for having those conversations. 

Once you start to have that conversation, whether it's in the interview, in the application, or once you get an offer, you want to be prepared and you want to be able to make your case for it.

"You've always heard that it's rude to talk about money, but it's not," explains Cassie Piggott, who transitioned from teaching into customer success. "You have to know what your skills are worth and ask for it. This can get hairy if you don't know how much others with similar roles and experience are getting paid and don't have a community to ask those questions. That's where your LinkedIn network comes in. Ask people and check out sites like Glassdoor to at least get an idea of what your compensation should look like. Don't wait until you have an offer in hand to ask about pay and benefits; ask that in the first meeting. You might think, 'But what if asking about money out of the gate makes the recruiter ghost me?' If they're not willing to at least give you a range then you might not want to work for them in the first place, so no matter what happens, you win. I'm thankful for a networking community that I belong to called, The High Rise, for helping me through negotiating the salary for my new role." 

For more on compensation and negotiation, you can check out this video:

We're rooting hard for you. 

Career changes for teachers are a big deal. As we mentioned in the beginning, we're cheering you on through every step of your career pivot. And, we'd love to hear from you. If there are particular resources that helped you in your own time as a #TransitioningTeacher—people you followed, courses you took, advice you were given—we'd love to add it with your permission.  Reach out to us here. 

In the words of Cassie Piggott,

Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It's going to take some time, but oh is it worth it!

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  • • Collaborated with teacher to create engaging lesson plans that aligned with state standards and students' needs resulting in a 25% increase in student engagement.
  • • Managed classroom behavior through implementation of positive reinforcement techniques resulting in a 50% decrease in disciplinary issues.
  • • Provided one-on-one support to students with learning differences resulting in a 20% increase in student performance.
  • • Designed and delivered lesson plans tailored to individual student needs resulting in a 30% increase in student performance.
  • • Provided individual and group tutoring to students in math and English resulting in a 40% increase in student confidence.
  • • Monitored student progress and provided regular feedback to parents and teachers resulting in increased collaboration and support for students.
  • • Designed and delivered engaging and culturally responsive English language lessons resulting in a 20% increase in student engagement.
  • • Assessed student progress and provided regular feedback resulting in a 15% increase in language proficiency.
  • • Utilized data-driven instruction and differentiated learning strategies to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

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Top Transitioning Teacher sections that make the best resume

  • Professional summary
  • Experience (with numbers & results)
  • Relevant skills
  • Certifications

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Transitioning Teacher Experience Section: Checklist

  • List your positions in chronological or reverse-chronological order;
  • Go for 4-6 bullet points;
  • Add only relevant work experience;
  • Include information about the challenges you’ve faced, the actions you’ve taken, and the results you’ve achieved;
  • Use action verbs instead of filler words.

We’ve collected some of the top resume experience sections from real Enhancv users. Check them out when drafting your own Transitioning Teacher resume!

  • Implemented behavior intervention plans, resulting in a 25% decrease in disruptive behaviors in the classroom
  • Adapted classroom activities and assignments, resulting in a 15% increase in student engagement and participation
  • Provided small group instruction and supervision, resulting in a 20% increase in student progress towards IEP goals
  • Collected educational and behavioral data to measure student progress and adjust instruction accordingly
  • Assisted with teaching curriculum in specific content areas based on IEP goals and objectives
  • Provided preventative and follow-up behavior management to students exhibiting disruptive behaviors, resulting in a 10% decrease in behavior incidents
  • Assisted students in transitioning between classrooms, resulting in a 30% decrease in tardiness and disruptions
  • Collaborated with teachers to adapt classroom activities and materials to meet the needs of individual students
  • Implemented behavior management strategies, resulting in a 20% decrease in disruptive behaviors in the classroom
  • Assisted with data collection to monitor student progress towards IEP goals
  • Provided feedback to teachers on student progress and behavior
  • Assisted with the implementation of behavior intervention plans
  • Increased student achievement by 20% over two years by implementing research-based best practices in daily planning and classroom instruction
  • Developed and implemented a culturally responsive teaching curriculum that increased student engagement and participation by 30%
  • Created a positive classroom environment that fostered social-emotional growth and learning, resulting in improved student behavior and academic performance
  • Incorporated 21st century technology skills into daily classroom practice and team settings, enhancing student learning outcomes
  • Communicated regularly with families regarding the academic and social-emotional growth of their child, resulting in improved parent-teacher relationships
  • Collaborated effectively with colleagues to plan and implement non-instructional activities such as social events and field trips
  • Collaborated with teacher to create engaging lesson plans that aligned with state standards and students' needs resulting in a 25% increase in student engagement.
  • Managed classroom behavior through implementation of positive reinforcement techniques resulting in a 50% decrease in disciplinary issues.
  • Provided one-on-one support to students with learning differences resulting in a 20% increase in student performance.
  • Designed and delivered lesson plans tailored to individual student needs resulting in a 30% increase in student performance.
  • Provided individual and group tutoring to students in math and English resulting in a 40% increase in student confidence.
  • Monitored student progress and provided regular feedback to parents and teachers resulting in increased collaboration and support for students.
  • Designed and delivered engaging and culturally responsive English language lessons resulting in a 20% increase in student engagement.
  • Assessed student progress and provided regular feedback resulting in a 15% increase in language proficiency.
  • Utilized data-driven instruction and differentiated learning strategies to meet the diverse needs of adult learners.

In writing your Transitioning Teacher resume, you will no doubt want to list your previous duties - as you should. But steer clear of just listing your duties, instead of your achievements. Make your resume stand out by communicating what you have done, and not merely what the job needed you to do.

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A skills section that shows what you’re capable of includes:

  • Keywords from the job advert to help you pass ATS;
  • Both hard and soft skills, incl. technical skills and people skills;
  • Skills that are relevant to the position you’re applying for;
  • No more than 15 skills – to keep your resume readable.

Top skills for your transitioning teacher resume

Curriculum Development

Lesson Planning

Classroom Management

Assessment and Evaluation

Differentiated Instruction

Technology Integration

Data Analysis

Content Area Expertise

Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Student Records Management

Adaptability

Communication

Problem Solving

Collaboration

Time Management

Cultural Competence

Don’t feel obliged to spend a separate section for your soft skills - you can weave them throughout your job experience or career summary. But, don’t just write empty words - back them with examples.

  • How to Create A Resume Skills Section To Impress Recruiters

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Impressive Transitioning Teacher resume summary checklist:

  • Point out the achievements that make you a valuable applicant;
  • Mention the total years of experience you have;
  • Highlight the things you believe make you the best fit for the position;
  • Keep it short: aim at having no more than 3-5 sentences.

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If a couple of years ago Transitioning Teacher resumes could be text files with no graphic elements, today’s recruiters need a bit more to remember you.

And yet, you can still choose between three basic resume formats:

  • Reverse-chronological resume format ;
  • Functional skills-based resume format ;
  • Combination (or Hybrid) resume format .

But when it comes to choosing the right format for your Transitioning Teacher resume, there are two factors to keep in mind: your experience and whether you’re looking for an industry change.

The reverse-chronological format is the most common one. That being said, it gives recruiters exactly what they’re used to in terms of order and information. However, it’s not suitable for applicants with employment gaps or not enough experience.

We at Enhancv suggest the functional skills-based resume format for people with limited work experience who find reverse-chronological resumes irrelevant. This format showcases the applicant’s most significant accomplishments, skills, and strengths.

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Here are some additional tips on perfecting your resume layout and style :

  • Go for a traditional resume font sized 12p;
  • Use standard 1-inch resume margins for increased readability;
  • Make sure your resume fits on a one-page template . In case you’ve got 10 years of experience or more, your resume’s length can reach two pages ;
  • Avoid unwanted editing and plagiarism – save your resume as PDF before sending it to the recruiters.

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How to Write a Cover Letter When You’re Changing Careers (Sample + Tips)

As a career changer, you need to help recruiters understand why you’re moving away from your former line of work and what you want to achieve in your new career path..

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Over the course of your career, you will inevitably change jobs as you seek out more responsibility, growth, or even a higher salary. In fact, the average employee stays at each job for around four years, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics [ 1 ]. But for career changers—or those who are interested in exploring an entirely new path or industry—making that switch can sometimes involve unique challenges. 

Even so, making a career change has become an increasingly popular move. More than half of workers in the United States anticipated looking for a new opportunity in 2022 [ 2 ]. Changing careers can provide you with an opportunity to find more meaningful work, better align your career path with your larger goals, and move into a role that feels more energizing.  

When you draft your cover letter to apply for a job in a new line of work, it’s important that you take time to explain your larger objectives. In this article, we’ll go over specific information you can feature in your cover letter to help recruiters understand your goals and reasons for changing careers. 

Learn more: How to Plan for a Career Change: Step-by-Step Guide

Information to include in your career change cover letter 

A cover letter is a chance to expand upon the bullet points you’ve outlined on your resume . It’s a space where you can explain your interest in both the role and company, highlight your experience and skills, and sell a recruiter on the overall fit you’d make. 

But a career changer needs to do all of that and more. You also need to help recruiters and hiring managers understand why you’re moving away from your former line of work, what you want to achieve in your new career path, and any transferable skills that will help make your transition a smooth one. 

Let’s review four key pieces of information you can weave into your career change cover letter.  

Career change context

Explaining why you’re interested in changing careers and how the role you’re applying to fits within your larger career aspirations can preemptively contextualize your story. Plan to include a career change objective somewhere in your cover letter, much like you would a resume objective to provide a short summary of a person’s experience and goals. Don’t be afraid to build in a sense of personality so that recruiters can better connect you with your objective.  

What this looks like: I’ve spent the last six years translating complex topics for an array of users as a technical writer. But in that time, I’ve realized that what really drives me is the user’s experience. It’s the lightbulb moment behind my career change to UX design . I believe I’ll make a strong addition to your team because my work has largely put the user front and center, and now I’m interested in focusing on a different facet of that goal. 

Certificates, courses, or trainings

It costs over $4,000 to hire an employee, according to the Society for Human Resources Management [ 3 ]. That’s all the more reason why recruiters and hiring managers want to find the right candidate. It can be costly otherwise. Help explain what you’ve done to prepare for your career change by highlighting any professional certificates or trainings you’ve completed to prepare you for your new line of work. 

What this looks like: In order to familiarize myself with the tools and processes used in data analysis, I completed the Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate , which taught me SQL and R, and trained me to clean and visualize data. Thanks to this preparation, I feel confident that I will make a strong addition to your team from the very start.  

Transferable skills 

Transferable skills are “portable,” in that you take them from job to job. They include problem-solving, critical thinking, attention to detail, and more. Show recruiters that you have important skills to help you do the job so they can understand the unique value you’d bring to their company.  

It can also help to find out the key technical skills the job requires and spend time learning what you can, especially when it comes to important software or tools. 

What this looks like: As a software developer, I regularly relied on my problem-solving skills to think through complex issues. I’ll bring that same skill, as well as my attention to detail, listening, and decision making, to ABC High School as the new algebra teacher. 

Past achievements 

Any time you can highlight what you’ve managed to accomplish in your past roles, you help a recruiter see your potential in a new role. Where possible, summarize any moments that showcase your strengths and illustrate your work ethic or character. 

What this looks like: I pride myself on being a team player as well as a problem-solver. When I worked as a social media manager at Company X, I identified a better program to help my team schedule content. Using that tool improved my team’s efficacy, which in turn led to our most successful quarter to date. 

Why a cover letter is so important for career changers 

The idea of a career path can be rigid at times, suggesting that people only follow one specific track. Although that perspective is starting to shift, it’s still prevalent. You can help recruiters and hiring managers understand more about your interest in a role by explaining why you’re changing careers and what you’ve done to streamline your transition. 

In fact, it helps to align your cover letter with a resume objective, which can be especially useful for career changers. An objective on your resume is a place where you can contextualize your larger career aims, quickly summarizing what you’re hoping to achieve in your next role. Repeat that same information in your cover letter and expand on it slightly, to give your application materials more cohesiveness.  

Read more: How to Use Resume Sections to Shape Your Professional Story

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It's common practice nowadays to submit your cover letter digitally. In that case, include some of your contact information in the top left corner so recruiters can easily see how to get in touch.

Thomas Bennett

Nashville, TN

(555) 555-1234

[email protected]

Dear Ms. Tufte,

I’m writing to apply for the project manager role at Company X. I initially began my career as a marketing coordinator and eventually moved into email marketing , where I was responsible for strategizing and developing new campaigns. But in that time, I came to realize how much I thrived when it came to managing our quarterly campaigns from start to finish. That’s why I’m interested in segueing into project management. 

Knowing that, despite my experience, I still needed to learn more specifically about project management, I completed the Google Project Management Professional Certificate . Over six months, I’ve learned Agile project management as well as how to create product documentation, among other key skills. I believe this training, along with my previous experience, will help me transition to a project management role at Company X and make a big impact.   

I’m an organized problem-solver with a sharp eye for detail, all important skills in project management. In fact, I believe my previous work in email marketing provided hands-on training in managing projects, albeit without the official title. I identified new tools to help make my team create more effective quarterly campaigns. As a result, we increased our click-through rate (one of our key metrics) to 1.87 percent, bringing it closer to the industry standard—an immense achievement. 

I’m proud of the foundation I gained through marketing, but in realizing where my true passion lies, I’m keen to transition into a project management role with more growth opportunities. Thank you for your consideration. 

3 ways to strengthen your cover letter 

Much like you would for a standard cover letter, you can strengthen your cover letter as a career changer using the following tips: 

1. Tailor your letter for each role.

You should tailor your resume for each role you apply to, and the same goes for your cover letter. Take time to research the company, find out about aspects of their work that interest you, and insert those details into your cover letter. You should also tailor your experience and skills, highlighting the most relevant skills and accomplishments for each job. 

2. Get specific.

Your cover letter should expand upon your resume, rather than repeating the same information. One way to do this is by giving details about your past achievements. Quantify your impact with numbers, when possible, and explain how these accomplishments make you uniquely qualified for this new role.

3. Use action words. 

Build action words into your resume and your cover letter. Rather than more staid words that don’t capture your unique story or responsibilities, action verbs can liven up your cover letter and make it more enticing to read. Find verbs that succinctly and accurately depict your previous experience.

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This article provides guidance and examples on how to write a cover letter for a transitioning teacher. Whether you are changing grade levels, subjects, or even careers, a well-crafted cover letter can help you showcase your transferable skills and demonstrate your passion for education.

In this article, you will find letter examples, suggestions, and tips to help you create an effective cover letter that highlights your strengths and convinces potential employers of your suitability for the position you are seeking.

Letter Example 1: Transitioning from Elementary to High School

Letter example 2: transitioning from secondary math to elementary, suggestions for writing a cover letter for transitioning teachers, conclusions, faq 1: how should i address my cover letter for a transitioning teaching position, faq 2: how long should my cover letter be, faq 3: should i mention my reasons for transitioning in my cover letter, faq 4: how can i make my cover letter stand out, examples of cover letters for transitioning teachers.

Dear [Hiring Manager's Name],

I am writing to express my interest in the high school English teaching position at [School Name]. As an experienced elementary teacher with a strong passion for literature and language arts, I am excited about the opportunity to transition to the high school level and share my knowledge and enthusiasm with older students.

In my previous role as an elementary teacher, I developed a solid foundation in curriculum development, lesson planning, and student assessment. I believe these skills are transferable and will enable me to create engaging and challenging lessons for high school students. Additionally, my ability to build strong connections with students and create a positive classroom environment will contribute to a supportive and inclusive learning experience.

I am confident that my dedication, adaptability, and passion for education make me a strong candidate for this position. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my skills and experiences align with the needs of [School Name]. Thank you for considering my application.

[Your Name]

Dear [Principal's Name],

I am writing to apply for the elementary teaching position at [School Name]. Although my previous experience has been in teaching high school mathematics, I am eager to transition to the elementary level and bring my passion for math to younger students.

During my years as a secondary math teacher, I have developed a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and the ability to simplify complex ideas for students of various skill levels. I believe that these skills, combined with my enthusiasm for teaching and my ability to create engaging and interactive lessons, will make me an effective elementary math teacher.

I am committed to creating a positive and supportive learning environment where students feel encouraged to explore and develop their mathematical abilities. I am confident that my strong communication skills, attention to individual student needs, and ability to foster a love for learning will contribute to the success of [School Name] and its students.

Thank you for considering my application. I would welcome the opportunity to further discuss how my skills and experiences align with the needs of [School Name].

When writing a cover letter for a transitioning teacher, consider the following suggestions to make your letter more impactful:

  • Highlight your transferable skills: Identify the skills and experiences from your current or previous teaching roles that are relevant to the position you are seeking. Emphasize how these skills will benefit the students and the school.
  • Express enthusiasm and adaptability: Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the new role and your willingness to adapt to new grade levels, subjects, or teaching environments. Show that you are excited about the opportunity to make a positive impact on students' lives.
  • Research the school: Tailor your cover letter to the specific school or district you are applying to. Research their mission, values, and educational philosophy, and explain how your teaching style aligns with their goals.
  • Showcase your commitment to professional growth: Highlight any professional development opportunities you have pursued or any additional certifications you have obtained to enhance your teaching skills and stay current in the field of education.

Writing a cover letter for transitioning teachers requires careful consideration of your transferable skills, enthusiasm for the new role, and alignment with the school's values. By following the examples and suggestions provided in this article, you can create a compelling cover letter that convinces potential employers of your suitability for the position.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Always try to address your cover letter to a specific person, such as the hiring manager or principal. If you are unable to find a specific name, use a general salutation like "Dear Hiring Manager" or "Dear Principal."

Aim for a cover letter that is concise and focused, typically no more than one page in length. Use clear and concise language to convey your qualifications and enthusiasm for the position.

While it is not necessary to go into great detail about your reasons for transitioning, you can briefly mention your desire for new challenges, professional growth, or a change in focus. Focus more on how your skills and experiences make you a strong fit for the position you are seeking.

To make your cover letter stand out, personalize it to the specific school or district you are applying to. Research their educational philosophy, values, and goals, and tailor your letter to demonstrate how your teaching style and experiences align with their vision.

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Whether you are sending out resumes hoping to land your first teaching job or looking to shift to a new school or district, one fact remains the same: All the best credentials, experience, and passion will go unnoticed without a strong cover letter. The main rule? Sell yourself the way a publicist would. Cover letters aren’t a time for modesty. They’re a time to highlight your accomplishments and make your passion for teaching known. Below you’ll find our tips for creating the best cover letter possible and our top teacher cover letter and CV examples.

3 top tips for crafting a teacher CV or cover letter:

Keep it short and sweet..

You’ve only got about 30 seconds to capture a hiring director’s attention, so start with what we call “the elevator pitch.” Imagine you have the time between the elevators closing on one floor and opening again on another floor to sell yourself. Instead of rehashing everything on your resume, use the space to craft a paragraph or two that will convince them you are a standout candidate and are worth moving on to the next step.

Emphasize why you’re a great match.

Read the job description and find the overlap between the skills you bring to the table with the skills they need. If the job description calls for certain qualities or uses specific language, repeat them in your cover letter! The ultimate goal for your cover letter is to say, “You’ve got a problem? I’m the ideal person to solve it.” Be professional and use concrete examples.

Individualize!

Tailor each and every cover letter to fit the specific school, district, and job for which you’re applying. Research the school and its culture. That way, you can address their expectations and also use specific examples of achievements in your history to show why you’re the right candidate for the position.

Top teacher cover letter examples:

1. first-time teacher.

This letter is friendly and enthusiastic. It uses concrete examples and experiences related to student teaching while showcasing exactly why the applicant wants to become a teacher.

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2. Another first-time teacher example

This version of a cover letter calls out the specific skills the applicant has and hopes to bring to the table.

3. Experienced elementary teacher

Not every teacher stays in their job until retirement. If you’re looking for a new position, your cover letter should clearly state your experience. This example also makes it obvious that the candidate researched the new district and discusses why she would be excited to join. The candidate also includes references at the bottom of the cover letter.

4. Another experienced elementary teacher

It doesn’t hurt to have additional examples! This teacher cover letter clearly showcases the school’s goals and addresses how this teacher specifically can help. She did her research!

5. Summer school teacher

As school lets out for summer, many teachers still need to earn an income. With competition tight, this cover letter stands out as the candidate states her qualifications as well as her ability to train other staff members.

6. Assistant teacher

With this letter, the applicant took a slightly different approach. The letter breaks down the most relevant accomplishments into bullet points. Those will jump out at the hiring manager, who will likely scan through a ton of applications.

7. Special education teacher

This letter is similar to a standard teacher cover letter, yet it also stresses the specific qualifications and experiences of a special ed teacher. For example, this candidate included how they modified the curriculum to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. In this particular cover letter example, the teacher was looking to move into a leadership role, so this serves as a template for someone looking to transition into management as well.

8. School counselor

This cover letter emphasizes the applicant’s academic achievements, especially with regard to the psychology education required for many counselor positions. It also talks about the characteristics that make this person the ideal candidate for this position.

9. School guidance counselor

We liked this cover letter because it pulls specific metrics that are not in the resume—including the number of students the candidate worked with and the funding obtained for special needs programs.

10. Library media specialist

This cover letter oozes confidence! As with any specialist position, the candidate hones in on how her specific skills and background make her qualified for this role.

11. High school English teacher

This cover letter covers a lot of ground. It points out the candidate’s strengths for teaching and assessing knowledge in the specific subject. It also presents the special techniques the candidate uses to teach students at the high school level.

12. Technology teacher

Taking a very professional approach to writing a cover letter shows that the contender is serious. This letter points out the specific skills that best prove why this candidate is a great fit for the position.

13. Music teacher

A music teacher requires knowledge of multiple instruments and a love of music and music theory. This cover letter showcases the candidate’s background and why they feel music is an important part of the education experience.

14. Drama teacher

Drama teachers often go above and beyond just teaching a class. They host auditions and rehearsals for after-school productions. This cover letter shows the candidate’s knowledge of curriculum, directing a show, and even marketing efforts!

15. Foreign language teacher

Foreign language teachers need to display their knowledge of the particular language as well as showcase how well they can immerse students in the culture. This cover letter discusses the teacher’s plans to incorporate curriculum as well as help facilitate induction of students into the German Honor Society.

16. Sports coach

This cover letter has a terrific opening line that sets the candidate apart from the get-go. It also clearly covers the candidate’s qualifications, from knowledge and experience to attitude and philosophy. This cover letter example also works well for PE teachers.

17. ESL teacher

Teaching English as a second language obviously requires a distinct skill set. This cover letter showcases key communication skills and lets the hiring director know the specific language fluency.

18. Math teacher

Touching on the highlights of their resume without rehashing it completely (who wants to read something twice?), this candidate points out their qualifications and certifications as well as their versatility in teaching different types of students.

19. Pre-K teacher

Teaching pre-K takes patience, creativity, and flexibility. This cover letter effectively highlights the candidate’s communication and problem-solving skills as well as the personal qualities that make them great at their job.

20. Business teacher

This cover letter provides excellent background about the teacher in a way that’s appropriate for business. It shares the necessary information clearly and concisely.

21. International school teacher

Working at an international school requires a certain skill set, and this letter highlights the teacher’s language skills as well as their ability to create effective lessons on relevant topics while providing students with the support they need to succeed.

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Crafting a strong cover letter is key. This comprehensive guide is packed with everything you need to know in order to write a job-winning Teacher cover letter , complete with effective strategies, essential skills, helpful templates, and real-life examples.

You can trust that all the insights and tips in this guide are based on data from coaching thousands of job seekers, just like you, who have gone on to secure positions at some of the world's most reputable companies.

Whether you're a seasoned Teacher or just starting out, reading this guide from start to finish can help you land your dream role. But if you're short on time and looking for specific information, here's a breakdown of what's included:

  • What To Know About Writing A Job-Winning Teacher Cover Letter
  • The Best Skills To Include On An Teacher Cover Letter

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3 tips for writing a job-winning teacher cover letter.

Here's the step-by-step breakdown:

Teacher Cover Letter Overview: What To Know To Write A Cover Letter That Wins More Job Offers

Wondering what school districts are looking for when they're hiring a teacher?

Districts want knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated teachers that are highly qualified. That means they have the proper education, certifications, and experience along with mastery of their subject, strong classroom management, communication, flexibility, and commitment to student learning.  Professionalism, reliability, and punctuality are also key qualities.

Your resume should show the district that the your experience and personality combined encompass all of these things.

Additionally, there are a few best practices you want to follow to write a job-winning Teacher resume:

  • Highlight your education and certifications:  emphasizing any relevant coursework or specialized training.
  • Emphasize your teaching experience:  providing specific examples of your accomplishments and contributions to student learning.
  • Include keywords from the job description:  ensure your resume is optimized for applicant tracking systems (ATS).
  • Showcase your skills and achievements:  including examples of your ability to manage a classroom, communicate effectively, and use technology.
  • Provide references from colleagues:  or supervisors who can speak to your teaching abilities
  • Proofread: Make sure to thoroughly proofread your cover letter for any grammatical errors or typos. A well-written, error-free letter can make a strong first impression. I recommend using Hemingway App to do this.

Let's dive deeper into each of these so you have the exact blueprint you need to see success.

The Best Teacher Skills To Include On Your Cover Letter

Keywords are one of the most important factors in your cover letter. They show employers that your skills align with the role and they also help format your cover letter for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

If you're not familiar with ATS systems, they are pieces of software used by employers to manage job applications. They scan cover letters for keywords and qualifications and make it easier for the employers to filter and search for candidates whose qualifications match the role.

If you want to win more Teacher interviews and job offers, you need to have a keyword-optimized cover letter. There are two ways to find the right keywords:

1. Leverage The 20 Best Teacher Keywords

The first way to find the right keywords is to leverage our list of the best keywords and skills for an Teacher cover letter.

These keywords were selected from an analysis of  real Teacher  job descriptions sourced from actual job boards. Here they are:

  • Communication
  • Collaborative
  • Development
  • Flexibility
  • Performance
  • Instruction
  • Regulations

2. Use ResyMatch.io To Find The Best Keywords That Are Specific To Your Cover Letter And Target Role

The second method is the one I recommend because it's personalized to your specific cover letter and target job.

This process lets you find the exact keywords that your cover letter is missing when compared to the individual role you're applying for.

Teacher Cover Letter Examples for 2023

Here's how it works:

  • Open a copy of your target Teacher job description
  • Head over to  ResyMatch.io
  • Select the “Job Description Scan” from the scan type selector in the upper right corner of the tool
  • Copy and paste the Teacher job description into the field on the left
  • Hit scan and review the results

ResyMatch is going to scan the target job description and show you the exact keywords and skills that are relevant for the role and that you should weave into your cover letter.

Here's a video walking through this whole process:

Personalization is what makes a cover letter stand out. That starts from the very first sentence where you greet the person reading your cover letter! There are two ways to do this well:

1. Use The Campus Principal's Name

The first, and best, is by including the campus principal's name. Let's say that you discovered the campus principal's name from a post on LinkedIn or via an informational interview.

This is the jackpot! All you need to do is use their name in the introduction, like this:

Example of Starting A Cover Letter With The Hiring Manager's Name

2. Use This Formula: To The [Department] Team at [Organization]

If you don't have the campus principal's name, no problem! You can address your cover letter to the team that you're applying to.

For example, if you're applying to for a Product Marketing Manager role at Discovery Education, you might start you cover letter like this:

Example of Starting A Cover Letter With The Team & Company

This shows the reader that this letter has been written specifically for them and the content inside of it will support that.

It's much more relevant and personal than  “To Whom It May Concern!”

For more advice on writing a strong opening to your cover letter, check out this guide.

3 Teacher Cover Letter Examples For 2023

Now let's take a look at all of these best practices in action. Here are three cover letter examples for different situations from people with different backgrounds that are all applying for Teacher roles:

Teacher Cover Letter Example #1: A Traditional Background

Our first example is a cover letter written by a candidate with traditional Teacher experience. Here is what an example of their cover letter might look like:

Teacher Cover Letter Example 2023

Teacher Cover Letter Example #2: A Non-Traditional Background

Our second cover letter example comes from a candidate looking to transition from the healthcare industry into a teacher role. This cover letter illustrates how they identify and speak to their transferable skills:

Teacher Cover Letter Example #2

Teacher Cover Letter Example #3: Landing An Elementary Teacher Role Despite Majority Experience in Upper Grade Levels

Our third example highlights a candidate with extensive teaching experience in middle and high school grades, looking to transition to the elementary classroom.

Teacher Cover Letter Example #3

At this point, you know all of the basics you'll need to write a Teacher cover letter that wins you more interviews and offers. The only thing left is to take all of that information and apply it to a template that's going to help you get results.

We made that easy with  our CoverBuild tool . It has 8 proven templates that were created with the help of recruiters and hiring managers at the world's best companies. These templates also bake in thousands of data points we have from the job seekers in our audience who have used them to land job offers.

The Best Cover Letter Templates

You're off to a strong start! But I've got a few more tips to help you take your cover letter to the next level:

1. Use ChatGPT To Write Your Cover Letter In <30 Seconds

All of these tips and best practices work, but you still have to implement them. Normally, that'd mean you sitting down and spending hours brainstorming ideas, typing, deleting, and typing again, and then feeling absolutely drained.

Now there's a way to work around all of that so you save your best energy for the writing and edits that matter most. Here's how it works:

  • Head to ChatGPT (you'll need to create an account – it's free)
  • Ask ChatGPT,  “Please write me a cover letter for an Teacher role. The role I'm applying for is [Job Title] role at [School District]. Here is the job description: [Paste Job Description]. And here is my resume: [Paste Resume].
  • Watch ChatGPT write up a pretty darn good cover letter base!

Here's a video of me doing this with a real cover letter if you want to see the steps in action:

Note:  I  do not recommend or advise that you simply copy and paste the content from ChatGPT into your cover letter and submit your application. ChatGPT is great for doing 80% of the baseline work, but you still need to review, revise, and personalize the content yourself.

2. Include Measurable Metrics And Outcomes

Too many job seekers only focus on the actions that they took and not the outcomes that resulted from those actions. As a campus principal, it's impossible to differentiate between a dozen candidates who were all “Responsible For Creating a Safe Learning Environment.” 

If you want to win, your cover letter should speak to the specific outcomes that you drove in previous roles. That could be:

  • The percentage by which your students' content mastery increased
  • The average reduction in behavioral issues
  • The average parent satisfaction rate
  • The rate at which your student engagement increased from year to year

These numbers will show hiring teams what you're capable of and make your value crystal clear!

3. Match Your Cover Letter And Resume Design

Quality Impacts Perceived Value - Car Example

They're the exact same car, down to the year, make, and model. The only difference is the way the product was presented. Like I said, quality impacts perceived value.

One of the best ways to boost the quality of your cover letter is to make it look clean, professional, and have it match your resume. That's why the resume templates in our resume builder tool match the cover letter templates in our cover letter builder:

Matching Cover Letter And Resume

If you use both tools to create your cover letter and your resume, your entire application is going to be top notch.

Key Takeaways To Wrap Up Your Job-Winning Cover Letter

You made it! We packed a lot of information into this post so I wanted to distill the key points for you and lay out next steps so you know exactly where to from here.

Here are the 5 steps for writing a job-winning Teacher cover letter:

  • Start with a proven cover letter template from CoverBuild.io
  • Use  ResyMatch.io to find the right keywords and optimize your cover letter for each Teacher role you apply to
  • Start your teacher cover letter with a personalized greeting for the campus principal or Human Resources representative.
  • Emphasize the measurable outcomes and value you drove in previous roles (include metrics!)
  • Compare the draft of your teacher cover letter to the examples on this page to make sure you're on the right path
  • Use a tool like  Hemingway App to proofread your cover letter before you submit it

If you follow those steps, you're going to be well on your way to landing more Teacher interviews and job offers.

Now that your cover letter is taken care of, be sure to check out my guide on how to write a job-winning Teacher resume (with examples!)

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Laura is an Editor at Cultivated Culture. She transitioned from teaching into the world of content so she's no stranger to career pivots. She also has a bachelors in Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction / Bilingual Education. She currently shares job search advice to help people like you land jobs they love without applying online.

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If you’re researching teacher cover letter tips and best practices, chances are you are either in the market for a new job or at least beginning to think ahead to your next opportunity.

As you’re well aware, your cover letter is a vitally important messaging document that must be thoughtfully crafted to A) catch the eye of potential employers/recruiters and B) entice them to learn more about you by reviewing your resume.

Well, you’ve come to the right place because — when it comes to teacher resume and cover letter advice — we’ve got you covered.

Designed to apply to both new and seasoned educators alike, this post serves as a guide to writing an effective teacher cover letter that will help you land your next job.

We’ll share key tips and best practices, along with several teacher cover letter examples that you can use for inspiration — plus, a downloadable template you can use to write an A+ cover letter!

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Before we get into any how-tos, it helps to know what the end result should look like. Below are five examples of winning teacher cover letters. 

1. This example offers guidance for the first-time teacher, since it can be difficult to write a cover letter without much experience to describe! This letter emphasizes volunteer work, student teaching and college experience. 

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2. Here, the applicant listed out some of her experiences into bullet points. This is a wise formatting trick, since it’s likely the hiring manager looks at multiple cover letters a day, so the bulleted list makes it easier — and faster — to read.

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3. Though it may not apply to every teaching position, some hiring managers like to see applicants back up their claims with hard data. This history teacher offers quantifiable proof of her abilities in her previous position.

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4. What it lacks in volume it makes up for in succinct, to-the-point text. This cover letter says just enough while leaving the reader wanting to know more. Be careful with creating generic cover letter “templates” for yourself though — the content of this letter could apply to a wide range of roles and schools, so you’ll want to customize the details to each new position.

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5. For a clearer breakdown of the essential parts of a cover letter, this example from Liveabout.com highlights where the applicant mentions her skill set, her unique value proposition and her desire for the position.

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Start with Structure: How to Format Your Teacher Cover Letter

A teacher cover letter is much the same as a cover letter for any other position — the structure is fairly standard, with the content customized to the role and your experience. A cover letter should be one page, no more than four paragraphs, easily scannable and include the best way to reach you. The reader should not have to look very hard to find everything they need to know about you. 

The best teacher cover letters have the following components: 

  • Your contact information: Provide your name, email address, phone number and where you live (just city and state is fine).
  • The school’s contact information: Though you may not be sending your cover letter and resume by mail, this confirms your intention to apply to a specific school. 
  • Date: The date you’re submitting your application materials.
  • Salutation: A professional greeting that addresses the hiring manager by name. It’s customary to preface their name with “Dear.”
  • Introduction: This is a one-or two-sentence statement that introduces you and expresses your intention to apply for the open position.
  • Body paragraph 1: A brief paragraph describing your relevant professional experience, achievements, skills and education. 
  • Body paragraph 2: A brief paragraph explaining your interest in and fitness for the role for which you’re applying.
  • Closing paragraph: Once more, a brief closing statement that expresses your desire for further conversation and invites the hiring manager to contact you with any questions.
  • Your signature: You may simply write your name or, for a more personal touch, you can add a real signature — hand-written or digitally placed. 

Why all the brevity? Hiring managers likely sift through dozens of applications a day, especially at competitive schools. You want your materials to stand out for their scannability, so that the reader can see whether you would be the right fit within just a few seconds. 

What Else to Include in Your Teacher Cover Letter

If you include all of the components above, you will have an excellent chance of capturing any hiring manager’s attention and (hopefully) starting a conversation with them. 

While most cover letters follow a similar format, with the introduction, body content and conclusion all containing relatively the same kind of information, the body paragraphs are where you can really highlight your uniqueness. The portion of your cover letter where you describe your skills and experience is your oyster — without repeating what’s on your resume, consider including any of the following elements:  

  • Include teaching specialties such as subject expertise , special education curriculum design and even extracurricular responsibilities. 
  • When it comes to your education, you’ll want to note whether you have your master’s degree in education . Having an M.Ed. does not necessarily equate to teaching experience, but many schools will prioritize candidates with graduate degrees over those with only bachelor’s degrees . 
  • Mention soft skills as well as hard teaching skills, such as organization, patience, adaptability, etc.
  • Mention any relevant training or certifications. If you can point to a certificate in a specific teaching method or school leadership training , you may be considered for other open positions.
  • Educational equity and inclusion is critical to school and student success. Even if you don’t have experience teaching units on disability activism or racial justice , expressing a commitment to learning about and teaching students of different backgrounds is a highly valued quality.
  • Include related work you’ve done outside the classroom , such as tutoring, non-teaching work or volunteer experience that involves working with children.
  • However, please note that teachers cannot freely share specific class or student data. It is your responsibility to adhere to school, state and federal restrictions concerning student privacy .
  • Teachers are never done learning. Expressing a commitment to ongoing education and professional development in your cover letter will communicate that you are passionate about developing your craft. 

Each item should only take one to two sentences to explain. For scannability, you may want to format your skills and experience into bullet points.

Some teaching applicants include a postscript in their cover letters following their signature. While this is not necessary, it is a fine place to put something that doesn’t fit naturally into the body of your cover letter. However, only include a postscript if absolutely necessary ( “By the way, I remember competing against Sacred Heart’s epic debate club back in 1998 — if I couldn’t beat them then, joining them now would be the next best thing!” ). 

Your postscript should add value or personality, or be something the hiring manager absolutely needs to know, otherwise it can look extraneous and unprofessional. 

Tips to Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Think of your teaching cover letter like an elevator pitch. Pretend you have 30 seconds to “sell” your skills and enthusiasm for the role — how do you “hook” the reader? 

Before you set pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, be sure to research the school you’re applying to. It’s generally good practice to customize your cover letter for every job application, and that means knowing something about the school, department or role you’d be filling. It’s quite easy to tell if an applicant is just copy-and-pasting the same cover letter for multiple job applications. 

For example, is the school known for its competitive mathematics team? Does it have an award-winning drama department? Are its standardized test scores consistently in your state’s 90th percentile? If the role you’re applying for relates in any way to the school’s differentiating factor, be sure to acknowledge it in your introduction. 

Here are some other ways to bump your application to the top of the pile. 

  • Keep it brief: No one wants to read your master’s thesis in a cover letter. Leave the longer explanations of your experience and teaching philosophy for your interview. 
  • Accentuate the positive: Your application materials should not only convey why you want the position, but how your unique abilities and assets could benefit the school and its students. Emphasize why you’d be a great match with specific reasons — but don’t brag.
  • Keep it personal: There are plenty of great cover letter templates and examples out there, but they should only serve as suggestions for what yours will be. This is your story to tell, not anyone else’s. Expressing your passion for teaching will position you as a dedicated, valuable asset to any school.
  • Proofread: As a teacher, this should be a no-brainer — but don’t be the one teacher who forgets to proofread! Take your time, re-read and ask a colleague to give your cover letter a once-over before submitting your application. Many people treat their cover letter as an afterthought, but remember that it’s the cover to the rest of your application. 

To use another teaching comparison, remember that your cover letter counts for a significant portion of your “grade.” As Christian Eilers writes for Zety , “That means treating it like a crucial final exam instead of an inconsequential pop quiz.”

Teacher Cover Letter FAQs

How long should my teacher cover letter be.

As a general rule, keep your cover letter brief — no one wants to read your master’s thesis as part of your application. Your cover letter should have a short intro, an explanation of your experience and skills, any significant accomplishments, awards or certificates, and a short conclusion summarizing your interest in the position. Always end with an invitation for the hiring manager to contact you, and sign your name (a signed letter is always a nice touch, even if it’s a digital signature). Leave the longer explanations of your experience and teaching philosophy for your interview.

How can I add data to my cover letter?

If you’re making any claims about your effectiveness in the classroom, try back them up with numbers. For example, you may want to say that you were responsible for increasing biology testing scores by 30%, or that attendance improved by 65% while you were a teacher. If you’re currently a teacher considering other schools, be sure to keep track of your own class’s performance so you can cite these metrics in future cover letters. Please note, however, that it is your responsibility to adhere to school, state and federal restrictions concerning specific student data and student privacy .

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Though parents and students don’t always recognize it, teachers work way more than the 8 to 4 school day. Lesson planning, grading, parent communication, faculty meetings, and students’ extracurriculars are just some of what you do beyond classroom instruction. 

If you’re seeking a new teaching position, it’s mind-boggling why a school would ask you for a cover letter along with a resume and application. Your time is already fully committed . 

That’s why we’re here. We’ve got five teacher cover letter samples plus a how-to guide to aid your job hunt. You can’t cover every achievement in your  teacher resume  or cover letter, but with a little help from us, you’ll be on your way to showing principals and departments why they should hire you. 

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  • Metrics bring your accomplishments to life, painting a vivid picture of your effectiveness for the role. For instance, Kaito reports a 12% increase in foot traffic to his mural projects.

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  • Passion equals commitment and even success. Not only does this align with the role she seeks, but it’s also an excellent trick to captivate the recruiter reading your piece.

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How to Write a Cover Letter for a Teaching Job

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The key to writing your teacher cover letter can be distilled into two main points: don’t be generic and don’t let it become a repeat of your resume. 

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Step 1: Don’t skimp on researching the teaching role

Just as you want to tailor your resume to the school where you want to work and to its accompanying  teacher job description , you should do the same with your cover letter. Sure, this requires extra research, but what’re 20 or 30 minutes when this effort can pay off in dividends? Not only will research ensure your cover letter is relevant—not vague and generic—it’ll also prepare you well for common  teacher interview questions .

Additionally, leverage your research to demonstrate a real interest in the role you’re applying for as well as in the school itself.

  • Discuss how your commitment to standardized testing has improved students’ performance at other schools.
  • Share how Google Classroom has transformed your STEM projects.

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Step 2: Go beyond your teaching resume

Addressing the specific needs and concerns mentioned in the job description will have the desired effect  as long as you go beyond what you included in your resume . Mentioning that you’re a rock star at using Google Classroom isn’t enough; principals have  already  gathered that from your resume bullet points and  skills section .  

This is your opportunity to specifically share what you’ve done with Google Classroom. Many teachers set up Google Classroom for their students but don’t get around to using it. What have you done that sets the standard for every teacher following you? This is when quantifying your experience becomes exceptionally valuable. 

  • Demonstrate how this resource has decreased late submissions by 53 percent.
  • What did you do exactly to accomplish such a feat? One-on-one tutoring, an after-school club, unique teaching methodologies?

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Step 3: Convey the right message

Beyond specific and descriptive paragraphs in your teacher cover letter, keep your document  at  or less than a page. Eliminate wordiness and avoid pleasantries. Be sincere and gracious, but, really, no one likes a teacher’s pet.   

So, consider your tone of voice. Be professional, avoiding clichés, contractions, colloquialisms, and the like. Remember you’re applying for a teaching position, not a quirky tech startup.

Consider your tone. Remember you’re applying for a teaching role, not a quirky tech startup.

And when you think your cover letter is ready to go, hold up! You’re, indeed, almost at the finish line, but what is it you tell your students to do before they submit an essay (which they inevitably  never  do)? 

Yep—it’s time to practice what you preach. Invite a few people you trust to review your cover letter and offer constructive criticism while your eyes and brain rest. Then, return to your work, consider the feedback, and scour for any last content issues and spelling and grammar errors. Make revisions, save your document, and send your best teacher cover letter to the principal and hiring department with your resume, application, and any other requested materials.

Your Teacher Cover Letter Format & Outline

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Now, if you’re staring at a blinking cursor on a blank document, not sure how to make the examples and steps work for you, don’t fret. It’ll come together beautifully like a perfectly executed lesson plan.

You just need a comprehensive outline that breaks the cover letter for a teaching position into distinct sections, making it easy to understand what to include in each part.

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How to start a teacher cover letter

Your contact info: If you’re using a template, fill in the letterhead to suit your needs. Just ensure you replace all filler text and don’t accidentally exclude critical information like your name, email, and phone number. 

  • Formatting:  If you write a block business letter rather than use a template, including your address is standard. Additionally, while your name will be prominently displayed on a letterhead on a template, a basic but professional block letter should omit your name (the principal will find your name easily in your signature line).

Date:  If you write your cover letter today but don’t submit it until next week, edit the date, to reflect the day you submit the letter and other career documents for the specific teaching role. 

  • Formatting:  Write out the full date, e.g. January 12, 2023.

Inside address:  This is the contact information for the principal or hiring department at the school. Name the specific person; then, include the school and position title, e.g., Ryan High School Principal. Complete this section with the school’s address.

  • Formatting:  Each piece of the inside address should be on a new line. You’ll want a double space between the inside address and the greeting. 

Kyndra Marque Ryan High School Principal  5101 E McKinney St Denton, TX 76208

Greeting:  Your goal is to start on the right foot with your principal, so avoid issuing a generic greeting, also known as a salutation, like:

  • Dear Principal,
  • Dear Hiring Department,
  • To Whom it May Concern:

While it can take some sleuth skills to track down the name of the hiring manager for some jobs,  most, if not all,  schools have staff listings on their website. You’re already researching the school to help you write an amazing cover letter, so take a couple of extra minutes to put a real name to the greeting:

  • Dear Mr. Thatcher:
  • Dear Ms. Li:
  • Formatting:  Err on the side of caution and use a colon at the end of the greeting. A comma is more casual while a colon denotes professionalism, which will likely serve you best for a teaching role.  

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How to write your teacher cover letter

Body:  The body of your teacher cover letter should be three to four brief paragraphs that state your interest, demonstrate your teaching credentials, and convey enthusiasm for further discussion. Let’s break it down further: 

  • Formatting:  The body of your teaching cover letter should be single-spaced although you’ll need to double-space between paragraphs.

Opening paragraph:  The goal is simple—state your interest in the position and your overarching credentials that reflect your research for the specific role. While the goal is simple, the execution often leaves little to be desired. Too many teacher cover letters start the same way.

I found your posting online and am interested in filling the English III position. 

No. Just no. Bore the principal and the English department right out of the gate, and they’ll wonder whether you’ll hold the attention of your students. Instead, try:

With 12 percent of Ryan High’s student population slotted to graduate with honors, I am eager to lead the initiation of the English Advanced Placement program as stated in the job description. With seven years of experience teaching AP courses, I am confident that Ryan High’s students will excel in my classroom and beyond.

Not only does this signal that you’ve done your homework and researched the school’s unique standing and areas for growth, this opening paragraph hooks the reader. Clearly, you’re interested in the role, offer valuable experience, and with phrases like “lead the initiation” and “excel in my classroom,” there’s no doubt you’re confident and capable.

Paragraphs 2-3:  If you can squeeze in the third paragraph, we recommend it as each paragraph is an opportunity to demonstrate indisputable evidence of the credentials and qualifications you boldly state in your opening paragraph. 

Each paragraph should not be a repeat of your resume; rather, each paragraph should hone in on  one  clear accomplishment, be it the results of your teaching methodology, values, or something else. Don’t try to tackle multiple topics in a paragraph. Be detailed, specific, and quantify your results when possible. 

Closing paragraph:  Clench an interview with this final paragraph. Now’s not the time to lay your head on your desk and call it a day. Don’t let this be your closing paragraph:

I believe I am the perfect candidate for this teaching position, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon. 

At best, it exudes laziness. At worst, no one will believe you’re actually interested in the job but just need something to put beans on the table. 

Instead, demonstrate that your unique values and qualifications align with the school’s needs, which will indicate a genuine interest in the role— even if you are  desperate to put beans on the table.

Finally, add a call to action that anticipates a follow-up or interview. With the following closing paragraph, it’s clear that teaching is far more to you than just a job:

Solving students’ pain points is more than acknowledging their existence. To me, pain points are a starting point to discovery. I firmly believe that some of the most challenging endeavors have the power to yield the most fruitful results. If these results speak to you, I am eager to share more of what my non-traditional classroom looks like and what you can expect from Belleville’s students and from me as their geometry instructor.  

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How to end a teacher cover letter

Signature:  While you can include your gratitude at the end of the closing paragraph, you can also express thanks when you sign off. Keep it professional, and use your real name here just as you will on your resume and application form. 

  • Formatting:  Typically, you’ll send your cover letter to the principal’s email; however, if you deliver your career docs in person or—gasp—by mail, be sure to quadruple space and sign your name in blue or black ink between your closing line and typed name.

Thank you for your consideration,

Marcus DeWitt 

Enclosure(s):  This is important, and most job seekers, including teachers, fail to include it. “Enclosure(s)” means that more documents follow your cover letter.

What information would that be? Well, hopefully, your  teacher resume , likely the school’s application, potentially your teaching license, also your college transcripts, and maybe even a reference letter or two, depending on the requirements detailed in the  teacher job ad . 

After your signature, you’ll include “Enclosure(s),” followed by the exact documents in order of appearance. 

  • Formatting:  Use the singular form of “enclosure” if you’re only including one document. Also, include each additional document on a new line. 

Enclosures: Resume Application 2 letters of recommendation

See, including this final section is literally easier than writing your own address. Include it, and automatically set yourself apart from other teachers vying for the same role. 

Finish Strong with Your Teacher Resume

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Now, that you’ve got the tools to confidently wow principals and departmental heads with your teacher cover letter, have you considered the current state of your resume? Maybe you’ve already updated and polished it, and if that’s you, kudos to you—you’re ahead of the game! 

If you’re blowing out an exaggerated breath because you’ve relegated your resume to the nether regions of your mind, we get it. But teacher resumes are judged more harshly than most. Hiring teams don’t cut a lot of slack when they’re looking for talent who will teach their students to communicate, read, and write well.   

So, if it’s time to think seriously about re-writing or, let’s face it,  writing  your resume  from scratch, take a page from us (literally) and get inspired with our  free resume templates  and  teacher resume examples  like the one below.

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Your career documents are a pain in the tush, we know, but think of us as your biggest cheerleaders. With our  resume builder ,  Google resume templates ,  Word resume templates , and expert-approved guidance, your teacher resume and cover letter are sure to win you interviews and secure your next role, where you just might earn Teacher of the Year at your next school. 

Every school you apply to will likely have slightly different teaching styles, cultures, and objectives they would like to achieve throughout the year. You can use your cover letter to connect your previous experiences to their mission and goals. For instance, if you volunteered for an early-age reading program, that would be a great experience to connect when applying to a K-5 position where the school wants to improve student reading scores.

Ideally, you want to match your tone to the feel of each school’s job description. Does the school have a very formal and knowledgeable tone in the description? Then being more formal and factual about your knowledge and experiences in different teaching styles they emphasize would be a great idea. For example, citing factual information about how you used hybrid learning to create 75% higher material retention in math subjects would work well in this instance.

Try to address your cover letter to a specific person in the school. Typically, this will be a principal, superintendent, or human resources hiring manager that would be reviewing teacher resumes . Check through the job description to see if a specific name is listed who will be reviewing applications, or review the school’s website for this information. If you can’t find anything, you can simply address it to “[Name of school] hiring staff” or something similar.

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