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How do you write a good TA application letter

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by Kazzer49, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Hi everyone
    I'm interested in a TA vacancy in a local school, have been to see it and looks great. How do I write a good application letter? Is it meant to be like a teaching one, ie long and formal, or just about me?
    Any help greatly appreciated x
     
  2. Hi everyone
    I'm interested in a TA vacancy in a local school, have been to see it and looks great. How do I write a good application letter? Is it meant to be like a teaching one, ie long and formal, or just about me?
    Any help greatly appreciated x
     
  3. I have written several app letters for TA posts, which have resulted in interviews, using a 6-paragraph layout which fits onto one side of A4.

    The following is a direct guide based on one of my successful letters, the [lines] is the number of lines I used, depending on your experience and current job you may need to use more lines:

    1: "I write to you regarding your vacancy for Teaching Assistant as advertised........" [2 lines]

    2: What you currently do, what your eventual goal is (e.g. teacher training). [5 lines]

    3:The longest paragraph: An outline of your personal qualities relating to the job, your qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge, why you are interested in this vacancy. [10 lines]

    4: What you would do if appointed (e.g. "If appointed as a TA, I would provide guidance with a patient and understanding approach....") - this is a good opportunity to show that you understand the job. [6 lines]

    5: Any extra you would give to the school, such as helping out with clubs, social events etc. - I use the school's name in this part [2 lines]

    6: A final thank you for reading the letter and hoping that they will consider you for employment [2 lines]


    I am fairly new to this myself, however I do seem to be good at writing letters. Unfortunately I never get the job because of competition with more experienced candidates!
     
  4. Thanks for that, it's really useful. I'll get in with it now. Good luck with your job hunting!
     

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