Cathy StephensQ: Should I change my cover letter for each job that I apply for? How specific does it need to be?

A: Yes, you should change your cover letter for each job, although the body can remain much the same if the jobs are similar. First, each cover letter should specifically list the job for which you are applying. Second, I usually advise candidates to look through the job description thoroughly, highlight a few items in that description that match your skill set, and identify those things in the cover letter. Highlighting the common ground between what the district wants and needs and your particular skill set and experience will help set you apart from the crowd.

Q: I will be graduating in May, and I will be certified to teach in New Jersey. My family plans to move to Florida next year. Is this something I tell future employers, even after I have a teaching job?

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