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Applying for extra hours/additional TA postion - if you dont get it.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by JWMU, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. JWMU

    JWMU New commenter

    The school that I work in has a TA postion available for which I have been shortlisted for an interview [​IMG] I have been working in the school for 5 years and the description and 'code' for the job is identical to the one I currently do, so if I get the job this would in effect just increase the hours I work.
    I think Im well thought of within the school and the teacher I currently work alongside urged me to go forward for the position.
    However one thought did cross my mind, if I sit in front of the Governors and the Head Teacher and dont actually get this job (there were 35 other applicants) then does that make my current postion untenable and they would expect me to resign? Ie if I cant get the job that is identical to mine then am I not good enough to do the job that I already do? If that makes any sense.
    Bit worried about this.

  2. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    No, it just means that at this present time, there was someone they thought would fit the bill better than you. It's up to you if you feel you have to leave, but they couldn't force you into it. If you don't get it, you may feel uncomfortable for a while, but you need to cope with that.
    Best of luck.
  3. No don't feel you can't stay. There are all kinds of reasons why you may not be chosen and it could simply be that someone else is cheaper than you. Try not to take it personally if you don't get it, hard though that can be.
    Good luck.
  4. If you don't get the job it may be because they need an additional body, ie they would be needing the successful candidate to undertake some duties at a time you are already working. This was the situation a couple of years ago in the school I work in - the Head Teacher explained to the internal candidate that the hours for the vacancy were required in the mornings, and this member of staff already worked mornings so couldn't be appointed even if she were the best candidate.
  5. I applied for an internal HSTA vacancy a few years ago as I had worked with the same child 1-1 for several years and felt I needed a new challenge. I didn't get the job, however my HT saw that I needed a change and offered me a sideways move to from year 2 to year 4. This turned out to be a brilliant decision and I benefitted hugely from the interview experience too. Go for it and if you don't get the job try to look on the application process and interview as good personal development.
  6. If this was my school, I would first have asked existing TAs if they wanted any additional hours and then advertised the new job on the hours remaining.
    That doesn't help you though at this stage. They definitely cannot ask you to resign nor expect you to. If you do not get the job, ask for feedback. If it's the same job then it will have an identical job description to yours and you should ask which bits of your job the panel feel you were not able to demonstrate at your interview. It is always difficult when there is an internal candidate because whilst their judgement should be based on the interview the panel can't help but take into account everything they already know about you. You will need to provide the name of a referee from within the school. This again is difficult because you cannot really name someone who is involved in the shortlisting or interviewing. If you choose a teacher, make sure that they are able to comment on each aspect of the job you do, particularly the bits you do well.
    If you do get the job, they will still need to appoint someone to fill the hours that you already do. As you say, you are really only applying to do extra hours unless the post is very different, requires some specialist knoweldge (e.g. speech and language) or is in another age group (e.g. Upper KS2 rather than Year 1). They could say that you do not have enough experience of that particular age group. If so, ask for some additional training and experience. Similiarly, if you simply want the extra hours (otherwise why are you applying?) then ask if there is any chance of you having any additional hours even if you are not appointed. They might not be able to give you all the hours of the new post but some. Worth a try.

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