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Apply for jobs in a New location How do i get to interviews?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by 341796, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Hi. I'm hoping to apply for jobs in London for September however I live in the the north of england and currently have a full time position and wondering if any one has been in a similar position before?
    I am mainly concerned over how I would be able to attend any interviews as I would have to go down for at least the day and unsure how I would do this with my job.
    Would I be allowed by the school to leave for the day on such short notice?

    Any advice or thoughts would be great

     
  2. Hi. I'm hoping to apply for jobs in London for September however I live in the the north of england and currently have a full time position and wondering if any one has been in a similar position before?
    I am mainly concerned over how I would be able to attend any interviews as I would have to go down for at least the day and unsure how I would do this with my job.
    Would I be allowed by the school to leave for the day on such short notice?

    Any advice or thoughts would be great

     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes lots of people!
    If you're fortunate enough to gain an interview you can ask for time off to attend. If you're way up north you might need to consider going down the night before so as to be able to attend an early interview & have time to get back for your next day's teaching. Do lots of research about schools online as you definitely won't have time to look around before you apply.
    Do please ensure your Head is aware of your intention to look for a post beforehand though. When you ask for time off or they get asked for a reference is much too late!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Lara's advice - all of it - is spot on.
    Good luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I shall be doing Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contributing to the Job Application Seminars and Weekend Workshops over February half term. We shall be looking at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Weekend Workshop on applications is on Sunday 23rd January. Contact advice@tes.co.uk for more details on all of these.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  5. shughesbio88

    shughesbio88 New commenter

    could I ask an additional question here? I am in a similar boat (live in the north and want to apply for places in london) and I am wondering when/if you can ask for money to attend the interview? (I'm a student, and believe with the competitive job market, I may have to attend several interviews to gain a position... that is if I even get an interview and it's not really financially feesable to keep spending exhorbinant amounts on train fares). I know that there are funds available to attend interviews, but I don't want to look like I am just after money!!

    Thanks
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I can see your problem! Attending interviews can be expensive.
    But I am a little puzzled by this:
    What funds? I have never heard of any funds available to interviewees - is this something run by the Uni that does your PGCE?
    In the Good Old Days, many schools would refund some or even all travel costs in return for receipts, but that has practically died out now, except for indy schools.
    But even in the past, you couldn't ask for money to attend the interview.
    Looks like it will have to be National Express if you can't find any funds to help you. Sorry!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  7. dande

    dande New commenter

    Have applied for schools in both sectors and have always had my travel and if appropriate accommodation paid for by the schools. Have usually used my own car but would consider the train if in London.
     
  8. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Some state schools will pay travel, some will pay travel and accommodation, others will pay nothing. It's impossible to generalise and in these days of budget cuts, I'd guess that many schools will pay for nothing. All you can do is apply and if invited to interview, inquire about expenses. If they say 'No', you can then decide whether the job is worth going for.
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Excellent - you've been very lucky!
    Unfortunately, that is not the experience of very many applicants this year.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  10. Most schools in my experience are pretty good at reimbursing costs, but you may have to request an expenses claim form as not all are forthcoming on that front. In the past I have found that if I didn't like a school or felt I had little chance of getting the job I was more up front about asking for reimbursement of costs - less so (unless they offered!) if I thought I had a fighting chance!
     
  11. Smurf191

    Smurf191 New commenter

    I recently relocated to a new area and when I asked for time off from my old job my HT said I could only have 5 days paid leave for interviews, luckily I didn't need them all otherwise I might have looked into this further. I was honest with my head at all times though which helped and knowing I was moving to a new area it didn't seem personal to her or the school why I was leaving so I'm sure that helped her attitude also!
     
  12. I was in a similar position to the OP (but I was going from Uni down to London so it was my placement school).
    If you explain you are a student and don't have a great deal of money available, once you are offered an interview a polite e-mail or telephone conversation to politely bring it up works well. I went for an interview in Birmingham and London and had both my train fares paid. I went by the 3 year degree+QTS route and was pretty much broke by the end of the third year so it was a godsend they readily agreed to pay my fare.

     
  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It looks as though some people <u>are </u>getting lucky over this, and having expenses paid. I think that Brummie's idea of ringing up and pleading poverty as a student is an excellent one!
    Fingers crossed for you all.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I shall be doing Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contributing to the Job Application Seminars and Weekend Workshops over February half term. We shall be looking at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Weekend Workshop on applications is on Sunday 23rd January. Contact advice@tes.co.uk for more details on all of these.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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