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Dear Theo- advice for GTP jobseeker please.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by beedup, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo
    I am currently doing an year long Maths SKE, and have conditional acceptance onto a PGCE for next year. I would like to apply for a place on a GTP and as such need secure a post as an unqualified teacher.
    I have been given a list of schools to approach by the University. I'd like to ask you advice on how to go about approaching the schools.
    I have found application forms on some of the schools' websites. Should I fill them in, even though I'm not applying for a current vacancy? Or should I just send my CV?
    Also how can I make sure that my cover letter grabs their attention instead of just being yet another unsolicited CV/form they immediately bin?
    Should I send my CV/form in by email or post? Are they more likely to bin an email without looking at it?
    Should I contact them by telephone before or after I've sent the CV/application?
    Thanks for your help.

     
  2. Dear Theo
    I am currently doing an year long Maths SKE, and have conditional acceptance onto a PGCE for next year. I would like to apply for a place on a GTP and as such need secure a post as an unqualified teacher.
    I have been given a list of schools to approach by the University. I'd like to ask you advice on how to go about approaching the schools.
    I have found application forms on some of the schools' websites. Should I fill them in, even though I'm not applying for a current vacancy? Or should I just send my CV?
    Also how can I make sure that my cover letter grabs their attention instead of just being yet another unsolicited CV/form they immediately bin?
    Should I send my CV/form in by email or post? Are they more likely to bin an email without looking at it?
    Should I contact them by telephone before or after I've sent the CV/application?
    Thanks for your help.

     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 I would print off the form and include it with the application.
    Q2 CVs are not accepted for teaching positions in maintained schools. The info will be in the form anyway.
    Q3 By making it very personal to that school, addressing it specifically, not just a round-robin Xmas Family Letter sort of thing! Try to have one or two things that you've found out about the school.
    Q4 Post. On good quality paper, in an A4 cardboard strengthened envelope so it isn't creased or folded
    Q5 Ring up beforehand, ask who you should send it to - the Head, the Deputy who managed that Dept, or the Head of Department. Ask for spelling of name. Ask who you are speaking to, get their name spelled too. Then begin the Letter: Dear Mr Griff. When I spoke to Eileen Brown yesterday, she suggested that I wrote to you . . .
    Best of luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  4. Thanks for your reply and advice Theo.
    I have come up against another question with regard to references. I am on a placement in a secondary school at the moment, but have had no contact with the Head Teacher at all. I could ask my mentor to provide a reference. Or alternatively I could ask the Head Teacher at the school in South Africa I worked in until April 2010. Which do you think would be better?

    Thanks again,
    Brigid
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You have to give your current Head as a reference, so on placement that is your head.
    In reality Heads don't always write the reference themselves, but ask domeone else in SMT who knows you better to write it but do have to sign.
    I'd definitely ask to use your old head as your second reference.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, as Lara says.
    Best of luck - I hope it goes well!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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 http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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