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Dear Theo/Anyone who may know!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Di_1985, May 29, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo,
    I feel I am becoming quite a thorn in your side at the moment!! Just to let you know, in response to a previous question I asked, a secondary school said that they would welcome an application from me with my post compulsory qualification and that my application WOULD be considered with the impending changes to QTS/QTLS[​IMG].
    Anyway, two questions:
    1) Prospective Applications - My old HOD advised me that I do it as it could open doors to supply work. I would like to do this now as in my year of being qualified I have had only 3 weeks supply work (where I was approached from the college I trained at) and there have only been 2 jobs so far that I can actually apply for (believe me I hunt and hunt!).
    Can you advise of what to include in such a thing!? Would I be along the right lines with a letter stating why I want to apply to that particular institute, my experience and achievements with a C.V.? And how feasible/acceptable would it be to try and obtain a copy of a reference and include that?
    2) If I do not gain a post for September [​IMG], would it be a good idea to try and work 'voluntarily' as a teacher?! You'd think colleges/schools would snap up 'free' help but I wonder if it would be diffficult legally for them to do this? Would it 'devalue' me?
    Thanks Theo, always good to have someone to ask these awkward questions to without fear of looking an idiot to potential colleagues [​IMG]
     
  2. Hi Theo,
    I feel I am becoming quite a thorn in your side at the moment!! Just to let you know, in response to a previous question I asked, a secondary school said that they would welcome an application from me with my post compulsory qualification and that my application WOULD be considered with the impending changes to QTS/QTLS[​IMG].
    Anyway, two questions:
    1) Prospective Applications - My old HOD advised me that I do it as it could open doors to supply work. I would like to do this now as in my year of being qualified I have had only 3 weeks supply work (where I was approached from the college I trained at) and there have only been 2 jobs so far that I can actually apply for (believe me I hunt and hunt!).
    Can you advise of what to include in such a thing!? Would I be along the right lines with a letter stating why I want to apply to that particular institute, my experience and achievements with a C.V.? And how feasible/acceptable would it be to try and obtain a copy of a reference and include that?
    2) If I do not gain a post for September [​IMG], would it be a good idea to try and work 'voluntarily' as a teacher?! You'd think colleges/schools would snap up 'free' help but I wonder if it would be diffficult legally for them to do this? Would it 'devalue' me?
    Thanks Theo, always good to have someone to ask these awkward questions to without fear of looking an idiot to potential colleagues [​IMG]
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 Normally I would say don't bother with speculative applications, but it might work as long as you apply directly to the Head of Department - find out their name from webiste or ringing up.
    Is this in a LEA who has a teaching application form on their website? If so, download it.
    Include in your "application":
    • the application form if possible
    • a letter, setting out exactly why you should be there!
    • a CV only if no application form. Make it relevant
    • an executive summary - use the TES Jobs to find a similar post and use its job/person. Change the first column to something like: An effective teacher of X:
    Don't include s reference - it has no value, you could have made it up.
    Q2 You can always try . . . Primary schools in particular take on volunteers, but fron a school's point of view, a volkunteer cannot either be relied on or controlled, so they are a bit wary.
    Best of 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.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    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.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    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!
     

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