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applications from the other side!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by CarrieV, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Having just completed a sift for a vacancy in UKS2, can I just add some pointers that might help!
    1) PLEASE spell check. One application we received had over 20 spelling mistakes in the personal statement alone. This was not a handwritten one where the odd slip might fall through ( but shouldn't!) but a word processed one. There is a button on your laptop labelled F7, use it!
    2) Ditto punctuation. If you don't know how to use a semi colon, don't bother!
    3) Please say why you want the post, several didn't actually mention a reason!
    4) If you have no experience in the year/class being advertised, the least you can do is express an interest in it! One application received went into raptures over her experiences in yr 1 but didn't seem to notice we were looking for someone for yr 6!
    5) Some people wrote a personal statement in the covering letter, some in the body of the application itself. That didn't worry me too much ( I find instructions are sometimes ambiguous!) but reading the 5 PAGES of one statement did. I honestly lost the will to live after the third description of a key moment in learning! ( One would have done fine)
    6) Try to get the name of the Head correct, if you are not sure please phone to check!
    7) Ditto the name of the school!
    8) I don't really need to know the details of every part time job you have had since you were 14
    but I would like to know what your degree was in and why you decided to become a teacher
    rather than the accountant/shop assistant/plumbers mate you used to be.

    I appreciate completing application forms can be traumatic ( I've completed a few myself) but reading them can be stressful too[​IMG]
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Hi Carrie,
    I just wondered if you ask for a covering letter & supporting statement? What would you expect to be in one rather than the other? Thanks [​IMG] x
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We do ask for a covering letter and supporting statement but don't set any requirements as to what we expect to see in either, it is <u>what</u> is written rather than <u>where</u> it is written that is important! So we received everything from a covering letter that basically said, here's my application form, please give me the job to one that covered 2 pages! Similarily the personal statements varied from 2-5 pages!
    I suspect some schools however have different expectations, unfortunately it isn't always clear what these are!
  4. Plumb<u>er's</u> mate.
    (Sorry but you can't bang on about bad punctuation and then get away with that!)
  5. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Surely if plumbers is used in an adjectival phrase it doesn't require an apostrophe?
  6. In the context of the sentence, you're a mate belonging to the plumber, ergo: "plumber's mate".

  7. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Well, if I ever have to apply for a job as a plumbers mate or a plumber's mate, I shall be sure to check first!
  8. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Same goes for apostrophes, obviously:
  9. Well Carrie I'd just like to say thanks, seems that you've had minor errors pointed out rather than anyone saying thank you for you taking the time to post something which is meant to help us all. I know that I always find writing applications quite difficult as I'm never completely sure what's expected or what I'm meant to do. So your tips and feedback are really helpful and I'll keep them in mind for my next application. Thank you.
  10. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Thanks Caroline, I don't mind errors being pointed out ( although I have to say, I would at least be able to spell check an application which I can't do on here!) as long as applicants don't mind either! Of the 4 candidates I'm interviewing tomorrow, two are NQT's and 2 are more experienced teachers, but they all had immaculate application forms[​IMG]
  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The points made by the OP are very common errors. Pop over to JobSeekers to get more advice on how to write an effective application - there are clickables inside the Welcome thread with titles such as How not to get shortlisted .
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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