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Bullet pointing in letter of application

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by 07158422, May 6, 2012.

  1. I've been advised to bullet point certain sections of my letter of application, e.g. assessment, so the school can quickly see what I have done and that they can always ask me about it at interview. I have never done this before so feel a bit jubious doing it. What do you think?
     
  2. I've been advised to bullet point certain sections of my letter of application, e.g. assessment, so the school can quickly see what I have done and that they can always ask me about it at interview. I have never done this before so feel a bit jubious doing it. What do you think?
     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Look on Jobseekers for 'Executive Summary'. This is ideal for what you have to do x
     
  4. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I personally wouldn't. If you are applying for a teaching post in primary or in any literacy-based subject in secondary or sixth form, then your letter is an indication of how well you can communicate and use the English language. Bullet pointing indicates that you cannot use paragraphs very effectively.
    That said, I'm not a head teacher or anyone involved in recruitment; I'm just going on my own experience and advice I've been given over the year my heads of departments.
    If you want to illustrate quickly how you meet their criteria, simply have a copy of their person specification next to you and use language from it in your letter to signpost where you meet their needs.
     
  5. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    The formatting is very much a matter of personal taste. However if it is a letter format you would be advised to keep to standard paragraphs and structure. This does not prevent each paragraph indicatiing your abilities and suitability effectively. What is important is that the letter clearly communicates these and does not include superfluous information or comment. Perhaps that is what the advice about bullet pointing really meant?
     
  6. A standard letter aspproach is often best. Bullet points are, as said, a matter of personal taste. I dislike overuse of bullet points are it 'feels' a bit lazy and powerpointish to me. I like to get a feel for the individual by how they communicate. That said I would not reject an applicant who used a couplke of bullet points in a statement to summarise something.
    The Sage
     

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