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Completing Applications

Job applications and interviews will vary from district to district. Here are some suggestions to help you complete strong applications and get ready for interviews for most positions in public schools.

Check List of materials to include in your application package?

  1. Current Resume
    • List your educator licensure information. If you are not licensed in MA, include any out-of-state licenses and/or MA Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) status, for example: Passed Communication/Literacy Exam, Taking Biology exam July 2013.
    • Career changers should highlight any experience relevant to the position they are seeking - for aspiring teachers, this may include coaching, volunteering, or tutoring; for aspiring administrators, this may include experience with financial, facility, and/or employee management.
    • Be sure your resume is up-to-date, concise and well organized. Get expert help with your resume through the career services office at your college or university, from a professional career counselor or online at free professional sites.
  2. Cover Letter
    • Highlight skills, qualities, and activities that are relevant to the position you are seeking including those that demonstrate your leadership ability and your experience working with children and young people. Activities can include volunteer work, associations, and clubs.
    • Research the district and school you are applying to, and customize your letter to show that you have an understanding of the priorities, challenges, and initiatives that are specific to that district. Show that you have professional and personal qualities that are a good fit for that particular school or district.
    • Find a tone that is both professional and personal enough to give the reader a glimpse of your personality.
  3. Official College Transcripts
    • Be sure to submit official transcripts. Visit your school's website or your registrar's office for direction on how to obtain official transcripts.
  4. Letters of Recommendation
    • Choose professors and other professionals who know you well and brief them on the districts to which you are applying.
    • Talk to those who are recommending you about their assessment of your qualifications so you will know what they will be emphasizing.
    • Letters of recommendation should be a candid look at your specific skills, competencies and personality traits that make you an exceptional match for the position you seek. Generic letters will not help you get a job.
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

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