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Car accident on the way to a school visit - what to say?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lily_w, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. lily_w

    lily_w New commenter

    Hi everyone,

    I need some advice on what to say in an application. Last week I had a horrible experience. I had arranged to visit a school and they were doing their visits in shifts and so I managed to book a visit for their last slot. The school was quite a drive away from my house but on the way there, I was involved in a car accident - just one of those things due to bad road conditions. I am still really shaken up from it and had minor injuries.

    This meant I missed the school visit but I phoned them when I got back from hospital to explain that I hadn't just not bothered turning up. I briefly mentioned the accident and asked the secretary to pass on my apologies to the Head. She emailed me the application pack and said I was welcome to still apply. I couldn't schedule another visit as they aren't holding any more (and I no longer have a car to get there now).

    I'm not sure how to handle this situation. I want to mention that I was going to visit the school in my supporting statement (as usually I put in a little paragraph about what I like about the school) but I'm not sure what to say. I don't really want to write "I was on my way to visit but unfortunately had an accident". But it's not a case of not being able to visit because I fully intended to. Thanks for any advice, I just feel like it's one piece of bad luck after another lately!
  2. modgepodge

    modgepodge Established commenter

    I would put something like,
    "I did arrange to visit the school but due to personal circumstances I was unable to, as explained to the secretary at the time. I have looked round your school website and OfSTED report and think...." etc. If you've got specific questions maybe give the school a call and ask, then you could say "I have not visited but having spoken to X on Y date, I feel the school is perfect for me because...."
  3. Are you okay? Remember health first Lily.
  4. lily_w

    lily_w New commenter

    I'm ok thanks Harry. Nothing too serious, just dislocated my knee and am very sore but I'll live :)
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Why not?
    Or at least something similar.
    As I explained to your secretary, I was en route to my appointment to visit the school when I was involved in a minor accident, so missed the opportunity to see around. However, from reading your documentation and the website, I can see that . . .
    Glad that your car is injured, not you, Bad luck that - about the car I mean - these things always come at the worst moment, don't they?
    Best 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.

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