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Dear Theo and other jobseekers

Discussion in 'Independent' started by gaguy, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. I have got the job!!!!!!
    I thought I'd give a bit of hope to everyone out there. I was feeling down for months, getting little money from sporadic supply work.
    Obviously, like we all do, I spent my spare time looking for teaching position in the TES and anywhere else I could think of. I ended up browsing through schools I would love to work for.
    Two weeks ago, I saw an ad for my dream job ( I know it doesn't exist, but so far it is for me) but the deadline was long gone ( December). I was so fed up with getting up early to wait for a call from an agency, very often to no avail, that on that day, I decided to phone the school and ask them about the position. I thought that if it was still on the website, it may still be vacant.
    The Headteacher said they interviewed people that week and were in the process of deciding with the governors but he was happy to have somebody motivated enough to phone the school and he asked me to send my details. I spent the morning filling in the application form (using Theo's advice) and emailed it for him to have a look at it over the weekend.On the Monday I got an email asking me to come to the school and get a feel about it, meeting other teachers from the department, have the interview with the Head. I absolutely loved the day, observing lessons ( I was supposed to see one, I asked for more and to go in the playground at breaktime ). The very next day ( I was supposed to get the answer on a set day the following week), I was offered the position. Four days later and I started!
    So to all the jobseekers , don't give up hope. Sometimes it is worth "just giving it a go" eventhough it is a long shot. It's better to try and be disappointed that wondering what could have happened. I almost did not apply for this position as the criteria were not exactly matching my experience and I thought "what's the point, waste of time" ( am sure this is common where we are jobseekers), but now I am so glad I did it.
    So good luck to you all and keep trying.x
     
  2. I have got the job!!!!!!
    I thought I'd give a bit of hope to everyone out there. I was feeling down for months, getting little money from sporadic supply work.
    Obviously, like we all do, I spent my spare time looking for teaching position in the TES and anywhere else I could think of. I ended up browsing through schools I would love to work for.
    Two weeks ago, I saw an ad for my dream job ( I know it doesn't exist, but so far it is for me) but the deadline was long gone ( December). I was so fed up with getting up early to wait for a call from an agency, very often to no avail, that on that day, I decided to phone the school and ask them about the position. I thought that if it was still on the website, it may still be vacant.
    The Headteacher said they interviewed people that week and were in the process of deciding with the governors but he was happy to have somebody motivated enough to phone the school and he asked me to send my details. I spent the morning filling in the application form (using Theo's advice) and emailed it for him to have a look at it over the weekend.On the Monday I got an email asking me to come to the school and get a feel about it, meeting other teachers from the department, have the interview with the Head. I absolutely loved the day, observing lessons ( I was supposed to see one, I asked for more and to go in the playground at breaktime ). The very next day ( I was supposed to get the answer on a set day the following week), I was offered the position. Four days later and I started!
    So to all the jobseekers , don't give up hope. Sometimes it is worth "just giving it a go" eventhough it is a long shot. It's better to try and be disappointed that wondering what could have happened. I almost did not apply for this position as the criteria were not exactly matching my experience and I thought "what's the point, waste of time" ( am sure this is common where we are jobseekers), but now I am so glad I did it.
    So good luck to you all and keep trying.x
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    What a great success story! Hope you continue to enjoy the job and the school.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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. Wheres your "shinning star" Theo!? Have you run out? [​IMG]
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No, plenty of these available - but they get awarded on JobSeekers, not here . . . And the OP hasn't done a Dear Theo - I got the job! thread over there to get it.
    I've just had an e-mail this morning from someone who had an individual one-to-one meeting with me in January and has now got a Headship, so am feeling particularly good today.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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 Applications Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. www.tesweekendworkshop15.eventbrite.com

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for more details of how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  6. I have to say Theo I am pretty impressed with the headship appointment -we have got to get the shinning star we have been waiting since 2002/03 for this!!!
     

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