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Dear Theo.... Always "I'm sorry but you haven't been successful"

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by amykins959, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. amykins959

    amykins959 New commenter

    Dear Theo
    I left my last job last summer after 6 years as I wasn't happy there. I have been doing supply for the last year.
    Over this past year I have been lucky and had 5 interviews. However, I have not been successful. The last interview I had on Monday (the hotest day of the year!) I was told I was unsuccessful as some of the pupils felt I was bored in the lesson and pupil pannel interview!! Far from it! I was probably taking stock about where I was in the lesson and checking that I was on track according to my lesson plan. I didn't teach my lesson until 1.30 and the room was incredibly hot and humid. I was also told that I did very well in the interview and my enthusiasm came across.
    Can you help me so that I can get a new job that I so long for.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Amy, it is hard.
    The first hard thing is that there are very few jobs available. . . One third fewer than last year, and many, many more applicants as for the last 2 years NQTs have been unlucky in getting induction posts, so are still applying.
    Here is some general advice that might just help you.
    Point 1 Are you getting notification of all possible
    jobs? Do several JobAlerts here on the TES Forum, for all your
    subjects, and then repeat them all for the independent schools. Go and look at the Welcome thread in the Independent Forum to get an overview of the sector.
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers
    say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Point 3 Are
    you making the most of all the advantages that come from doing supply?
    Some applicants tend to be apologetic about supply; you should present
    it as a positive.
    Dear Theo- work history too bitty and too much supply- help!
    Point 4 Have
    you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you
    blunt feedback? You might, for example, being doing something quite
    simple, like screwing up your face in a glare when you are conisdering
    an answer, which can be very off-putting. And which a school is
    unlikely to tell you about.
    Point 5 And finally,
    if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you
    should be thinking of joining one of the weekend workshop seminars on Job Applications. There will probably not be any until next term, though.

    E-mail Julia on
    advice@tsleducation.com for information on the next Application seminars.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!

    I know it's s depressing situation, so just want to say that I really, really hope it comes out well for you in the end.

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

    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


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