Friday, February 22, 2013

Sample ALT cover letter

Sample ALT cover letter

1-23-1 Sensei-machi

Nishi, Osaka, Japan 500-0001
May 1, 2013

Ms. Johanna Gonzalez
Director, Rice University Office of International Students & Scholars
6100 Main MS-365
Houston, Texas 77005

Dear Ms. Gonzalez:

After speaking with my friend Charles Clark, I felt excited to learn about the position of Program Coordinator for International Students at Rice’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Based on my past experience in New York and Japan, I can bring some unique contributions to the OISS.

First, I helped start new initiatives at New York's largest adult training center. After graduating with honors in Linguistics from Boston University, I joined The Center for Adult Training and Employment. As the youngest program coordinator, I served over 3,000 clients, which is 20% above average. Best of all, I helped increase job placements by 15%.

Now, I believe I can help the OISS increase opportunities for international students, as well. Speaking with Charles, who was my senior colleague and mentor at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, I understand that Rice is trying to increase the percentage of international students by 5% over the next three years. Based on my unmatched results in New York and Japan, I feel confident that I can help you meet that target, or even exceed it.

Finally, I believe that my background as an educational resources coordinator and overseas teacher demonstrates that I possess the ideal mix of organizational, creative, interpersonal, and counseling skills to be the best Program Coordinator for International Students.
In addition, my adjustment to Japanese culture has made me uniquely sensitive to the experiences of those living away from home.

I enclose a résumé of my background and qualifications, and will follow-up with you in the coming weeks. Also, I might have the opportunity to visit my family in Houston. I will let you know if I am in the area, as it would be wonderful to meet with you or a member of your staff in person. Thank you for your time and interest in my candidacy.

Sincerely yours,

Anna the ALT

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  1. You exceeded maximum limit of a cover letter.

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  2. Cheers, Chandra. My pleasure! More tips and samples are here if you need them:

  3. Hi, Syeds. Thanks for sharing your concern. Do you mean that the letter does not fit on single page or that the word count (roughly 280 excluding addresses and salutations) exceeds some proscribed limit? Please clarify. Also, please note that this sample is for a North American audience. Where are you based?

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