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Application form help needed!!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Tan1976, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I am filling out an application form which asks for me to fill in a section: recent employment, voluntary work or role. I am a PGCE student but work part time as the course is the flexi route.
    Do I put down my current p/t care job(which I have had for 6 years!), my voluntary role in a class in school ( last 4 weeks) or my last placement school (5 weeks)for this big section?
    It also asks for 3 references. I have 2 ( 1 former head from a placement school and the University) Can I put my employer as a reference or does it have to be 'school' related.

    Many thanks

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 Not sure that i understand here. Are you saying that you can put down only 1 thing here in what you call "this big section"?
    If so, then it is your last placement school. In fact many forms specifically say that PGCE srtudents should put TP down as employment. Make sure that you say it was a placement!
    Q2 Put as your third reference your care job - they will be able to speak well of your commitment, your reliability, your willingness to do the bit extra, your caring and responsible attitude. Especially if you print that last sentence out and ask them if they want a hint as to the sort of thing that they need to write!
    Now . . . I am going to print out here the summary of my advice, just to make sure, as I don't think I've seen you here before, that you are up to scratch on this!
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    Point 1 Are you getting notification of all possible jobs? Do several JobAlerts here on the TES Forum, for all your subjects, and then repeat them all for the independent schools. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Point 3 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. You might, for example, being doing something quite simple, like screwing up your face in a glare when you are conisdering an answer, which can be very off-putting. And which a school is unlikely to tell you about.
    Point 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 25 February, it will be led by me. ThIt is just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Course, the thought of meeting me might be a big No-No!
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    There is interview training too in the afternoon that day:
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Best Sunday wishes.
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th, and also the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.
  3. Thank you Theo,
    I will be writing my exec summary too!

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