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Dear Theo/anyone at all. Should I write directly to schools?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Actually, the Head probably won't even get to see them. The secretary's job usually includes opening all envelopes and then weeding out unsolicited appolications.
    You might get more luck if, for a secondary school, you found out the name of the HoD, and then wrote specifically top that person - not as "Head of Mathematics" but "Mr Theo Griff".
    But even so, you are unlikely to get any response except in "emergency" situations. If they suddenly have an urgent need for suypply (colleague suddenly taken very ill for long period), they might then contact you.
    Otherwise, schools expect you to look out for their adverts and apply like everyone else. They are highly unlikely to call you in for interview on the basis of an unsolicited letter.
    The only exception might be if you are a Maths teacher looking to work in an inner-city school where attracting staff is hard.
    Sorry to give you bad news here.
    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.
    I am timetabled for the October seminars - see you there!
  2. It is a lottery I suppose, I would exhaust all methods of applying for jobs.
  3. Teacher2004

    Teacher2004 New commenter

    Hello. I got a maternity job last year by writing directly to all the secondary schools in my area. I was actually advised to do this by the supply agencies! I think it certainly shows initiative and in the current economic climate anything that may give you an advantage is surely a good thing. Even if nothing comes of it, at least you feel like you are doing something rather than sitting around waiting for the supply agency to call. I had letters from alot of the schools I wrote to saying that even though there were currently no positions, they would keep me on file and contact me if something did become available. Give it a go and good luck.

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