Always take the opportunity to submit a cover letter if you are given the opportunity.
Academic cover letters vary in length, purpose, content and tone.
Each job application requires a new, distinct letter.
A teaching statement is a narrative that describes: Format and style of a Teaching Statement There is no required content or format for a teaching statement, because they are personal in nature, but they are generally 1-2 pages, and written in first person.
The statement will include teaching strategies and methods to help readers ‘see’ you in a lab, lecture hall, or other teaching setting.
For applications that require additional research or teaching statements, there is no point repeating these points in a cover letter – here, one page is enough (brief personal introduction, delighted to apply, please find enclosed X, Y, Z documents).
Other applications ask for a CV and a cover letter only, in which case the letter will need to be longer and require more detail.
Draw on your research, especially what you have learnt from speaking with their staff (e.g.
whilst meeting them at a fair or event, or during work shadowing/experience) as this will demonstrate an awareness and understanding of them that goes beyond the corporate website.
Support your claims by referring to examples that are already detailed in your CV.
You can make a stronger, more credible case by linking different experiences that highlight similar skills or competences.