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Highlight the skills that will show you have the background knowledge and personality traits to take over the classroom. Schools need to trust that they can take over without compromising teaching quality.
A good substitute teacher will seamlessly fit into the classroom in the absence of a full-time teacher. The regular teacher provides lesson plans, and it is the substitute’s responsibility to implement these to ensure learning continues and students progress. Therefore, they must maintain an orderly classroom. The substitute teacher may have extra duties depending on their arrangement with the school.
First off, always write a cover letter even if it’s not requested. A cover letter can help provide more detail and a more personal touch. Your substitute teacher cover letter should include a brief introduction followed by some expansion on the main sections of your resume. Remember, it’s still just a prelude to an interview, so don’t overshare. Take a look at our advice for an effective cover letter.
Check out our helpful guide to writing a targeted resume. One tip is to address the keywords used in the job description; this will vary from school to school. This will help your resume pass reviews from applicant tracking systems (ATS) that hiring managers use to screen resumes. Using keywords to describe your skills and work experience will also help your resume to stand out to the hiring manager.
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