CEA Student Program
Writing Introductory/Job-Seeking Letters
Writing a good introductory letter can make a difference in whether or not the reader goes on to read your resume and call you for an
interview. There are some general tips you should keep in mind when you get ready to write your letter:
Have a thesaurus handy so you can choose words that are appropriate for what you want to say, but will still catch the
Whenever possible, address your letter to a specific person; if you are answering an ad for a teaching position, and no name is
given, send your letter to the district superintendent.
Use the Connecticut Education Directory,
district's or a
town's web site
to locate the correct name of the superintendent or personnel director.
- Print your letter on the same color paper as your resume.
Use light colored paper, such as pale blue, pale gray, cream, or pale buff, they stand out among a pile of other white papers,
drawing initial attention to your letter over another.
- Be sure to check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar carefully for accuracy.
- Stay away from anything 'cutesy,' such as paper shaped like a train, paper with a 'teacher' border, or colored ink.
- Always type your letter in a font and font size that is easy to read.
- Keep your letter to one page, using wider margins and/or a different font, if necessary.
- Never hand write your letter or envelope. Print using a good quality printer or typewriter.
Introductory Letter Styles
There are 2 basic approaches to writing an introductory letter: a more
business-like approach, and a more
business-like approach. The differences in the styles lie with both the language and tone you use, and the way in which your letter is set up.
Most university career offices have print information available to help you create your introductory cover letter, and many run special
sessions that can help you get started. Refer to the links below for more information about letter writing.