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Dear Theo, a little confused with job application process...

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by mmmchocolate, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo and any other readers.
    Ages and ages and ages ago I came across a thread which gave details about how to apply to jobs and what the covering letter, letter of application and executive summary involves. Unfortunately I am unable to find them so I am sorry if I am repeating a question that has been previously asked a million times.
    Whilst still on my final placement, I applied for a job and was given an interview (lost out to an internal applicant). For this job, I simply sent my application letter and an e-mail with a title "for the attention of Mr HeadteacherX" and wrote an e-mail thanking him for the school visit, what I learnt from it and how and why I would fit in at the school. I did this as there was nowhere on the advertisement that it asked for anything else. Simply said, please return your completed application to blah@sch.co.uk etc and now a lot of the advertisements I see say the same. However, I have been now attaching my application form in addition to attaching a "letter of application" in which I say about my school visit and attempt to meet the person specification as well.
    My questions are:
    1) Should I send a letter of application to EVERY school? Even if it does not say anything about a letter of app?
    2) Am I confusing letter of app with a cover letter?
    I recently sent off my first application with a letter and an executive summary, you'll be pleased to know and I will aim to do more executive summaries. The thing I find hard, is that some advertisments do not post a person specification or have the person specification on their website. This was one of those schools, so I picked out key phrases from their advertisement and letter to applicants. I hope this is ok!
    Thank you for reading and thanks in advance. I thought I fully understood the whole job applying business but after doing a fair amount this week, I'm starting to think, am I doing something wrong?!
  2. A further question...
    3) Should the letter of app and personal statement (within the application form) include different information? I am worried that they may not read the letter properly and so repeat some information but also attempt to add new information too! Is this right?! What advice can anyone give - anything (valuable!) will be gratefully appreciated!!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The information that you are looking for is in the welcome thread - the two shortlisting clickables.
    Q1 Yes.
    Q2 Possibly! Read the first FAQ in the Welcome thread to see the difference.
    Q3a If there isn't a person spec, for the E.S. you can pick out info from their docs, as you have done, or you can use a spec from a similar job - in this case for the E.S. you call the two columns something like: Profile of an effective KS2 teacher (or an effective History teacher, etc), and then My profile
    Q3b You shouldn't have both a personal statement and a letter of application. One or the other, not both. Read the FAQs about this.
    Read all the clickables inside the Welcome thread - the FAQs explain the difference between some of the things. The terminology is sometimes confused so it's not surprising that applicants get confused too.
    You should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there
    Good luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!
  4. Thank you Theo. I will be examining those FAQs and the welcome thread as soon as I finish this message.
    I fear that I have been doing a letter of application in addition to my personal statement instead of a covering letter. [​IMG]
    Today I am starting a whole new batch of applications so I'll be sure to get it right this time round (fingers crossed)! [​IMG]
    Thanks again.

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