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3 Years, 20+ applications and 8 interviews, still nothing

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by keasby, May 24, 2012.

  1. Hi good folks of Jobseeking, first time posting in this particular corner of TES.

    I'm looking for some very general advice. Firstly, background. I was made redundant 2 years ago, rehired 50:50 specialist and non-specialist subject, then made redundant again on 3 days a week in a non-specialist subject (which I did a part time PGCE in, because, well, I'm quite keen to be good at my job!).

    Since the first rumblings of redundancties in my dept. arrived I've been appliying for jobs, so this started nearly 3 years ago. I've filled out loads of forms, and been advised my covering statement etc. is pretty good, and I guess a just under 50% hit rate for getting interviews from applications isn't awful. However, I've yet to get past a morning cut, every time I'm sent home before the formal interviews. One or two of my interviews I can hold my hands up and say the lesson wasn't great, these things happen, move on, but I feel I must be missing something important, and I have no idea where to start in terms of fixing this. I've asked for feedback, and mostly it's been very vague (one places only criticism was I didn't play an instrument during the lesson, which I did, but they left half way through!). For the record, I tend to get 'goods' in formal inspections.
    If it helps, the jobs have been a mixture of main scale (which I don't seem to get interviews for, perhaps as I'm at UPS1 now) and HODs.
    Sorry for the ranty layout, I'm just at my wits end on where to go from here, and I'm considering packing in teaching entirely, if I could just find another job with my skillset.
    Thanks for listening/reading, I guess in summary I'm looking for advice on where I should start deconstructing my lessons and improving.
     
  2. Hi good folks of Jobseeking, first time posting in this particular corner of TES.

    I'm looking for some very general advice. Firstly, background. I was made redundant 2 years ago, rehired 50:50 specialist and non-specialist subject, then made redundant again on 3 days a week in a non-specialist subject (which I did a part time PGCE in, because, well, I'm quite keen to be good at my job!).

    Since the first rumblings of redundancties in my dept. arrived I've been appliying for jobs, so this started nearly 3 years ago. I've filled out loads of forms, and been advised my covering statement etc. is pretty good, and I guess a just under 50% hit rate for getting interviews from applications isn't awful. However, I've yet to get past a morning cut, every time I'm sent home before the formal interviews. One or two of my interviews I can hold my hands up and say the lesson wasn't great, these things happen, move on, but I feel I must be missing something important, and I have no idea where to start in terms of fixing this. I've asked for feedback, and mostly it's been very vague (one places only criticism was I didn't play an instrument during the lesson, which I did, but they left half way through!). For the record, I tend to get 'goods' in formal inspections.
    If it helps, the jobs have been a mixture of main scale (which I don't seem to get interviews for, perhaps as I'm at UPS1 now) and HODs.
    Sorry for the ranty layout, I'm just at my wits end on where to go from here, and I'm considering packing in teaching entirely, if I could just find another job with my skillset.
    Thanks for listening/reading, I guess in summary I'm looking for advice on where I should start deconstructing my lessons and improving.
     
  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Have you read all of the thread Theo started with advice about interview lessons?
    https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/562288.aspx
    Make sure you read all the clickables in the Welcome thread too.
    Hope this helps! [​IMG]
     
  4. Cheers I probably should have looked through the stickies more. To be honest though I just wanted to unload a little.

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  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    And there's nothing wrong with that!
    Hope you feel better for it. [​IMG]
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, do look at the points that we make about interview lessons - and Buy That Book!
    (No, I don't get commission on it - perhaps I should!).
    This coming Saturday there are two of the TES seminars - I don't know if there are any places left, mind you.
    S106. Interview Coaching – Saturday 26th May - Always the runner-up and never the winner? How to improve your performance, showcase your skills and experience and give a professional impression to the interview panel.
    For more information and to register please visit: www.tesweekendworkshop106.eventbrite.co.uk
    S107. Winning That Teaching Job – Saturday 26th May - Making the best of your application – How to make sure your application gets noticed - How to shine at Interview
    Presented by Helen Beckett and Lynne Johnson
    For more information and to register please visit: www.tesweekendworkshop107.eventbrite.co.uk
    And in the autumn there will be probably be some more on raising your teaching levels -
    How to become Outstanding– date tbc – Improving your lessons – inspiring learning
    Presented by Sara Bubb
    These might be what you need to refresh your approach to applications, to interviews, and to teaching!
    Best wishes
    ________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     

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