In Chapter 10 of the textbook, the author goes into depth about the importance of quality educators and leaders in early childhood programs. In fact, Krogh (2013) states, “NAEYC, Zero to Three, and other professional organizations consider the quality of program administration in an early childhood program to be strongly linked to the success of the program” (Chapter 10 Summary, para. 1). Krogh also discusses key roles and characteristics that high-quality educators demonstrate.
For this discussion, imagine you are applying for a position at a high-quality early childhood education program. As part of the application process, you must submit a resume and cover letter. It is important that you have a compelling cover letter. To write an impactful cover letter, you need to address the questions listed below. Starting with these questions will help provide a clear and concise message for the person reading your cover letter.
- Why are you interested in the early childhood education position? Consider what makes the position, organization, or setting interesting to you.
- What three skills or competencies related to the NAEYC Standards do you possess that match the skills the employer is seeking in a candidate?
- You can find these skills by viewing the job description. These specific skills are the reason every cover letter should be unique for each job for which you apply.
For this discussion, you will explore the components of a cover letter, reflect on your most relevant skills, and assess what action steps you can take to make your cover letter stronger.
- The Cover Letters resource contains step-by step instructions for creating a cover letter. Formatting suggestions and tips regarding how to highlight your best skills and qualifications as well as how to tailor your letter for specific job you wish to apply are included.
- For more in-depth guidance for writing a cover letter, please watch the Creating a Compelling Cover Letter webinar.
In your initial post
- First, identify a position on www.indeed.com that interests you as a potential early childhood education job opportunity. Using the job description, identify three skills or qualifications as related to the NAEYC standards that match your background and type them out.
- Next, using the format suggestions from both the webinar and cover letter sample, develop your cover letter. In your cover letter you should include why you are interested in the position as well as a a three- to four-sentence paragraph that communicates the three matching skills and/or competencies you would like to highlight for the employer. The goal is to tailor the body of your cover letter to the position you seek.
- Paste the link of the job description you are interested in and your cover letter that you have written for this job application into the discussion forum so you can obtain feedback from your classmates.
Here is my text book info:
Krogh, S. (2013). A Bridge to the Classroom and Early Care: ECE Capstone. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Below is the link to the job listing on Indeed I would like to use
Below is the actual job listing from Indeed just in case you can’t open the link
Commerce Kids is currently accepting applications for an infant teacher with hours from 9am-6pm. Candidates should have previous experience teaching in a child care setting with infants 3 months-12 months of age. A.A. or B.S. in child development or early childhood education preferred.
Job Type: Full-time
At least 1 year previous infant teaching experience: 1 year
Below are my skills/qualifications (Please rewrite if need to )
- A.A. or B.S. /I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
- Min one year of experience/ I have three + years of experience in an early childhood setting
- Full-time/I’m available during the request times.