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Dear Theo - Application advice

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by SecondEd1, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo (and to anyone else who ofers any help),
    I have some job applications to fill in, however I am unsure about what to do about my current employment and my references. Firstly, I have registered with an education recruitment agency to try and get more experience as well as getting paid, at the moment I have not had any assignments off the agency so I am technically undmployed. Should I put my employment status as employed or unemployed?
    Secondly, if i put that I am employed I would have to put the agency as a reference but they do not know me and my previous employer sends out a greneric reference from their head office so neither of these will be of any benefit to the schools I am applying to. Could you give me some advice on what I should do if I put that I am employed, or should I just put unemployed and some previous referees?

    N.B. in my mind the simplest thing to do is put that I am unemployed (because I have not represented the agency yet), but this may make me seem like a layabout who is not making much of an effort.
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    "Actively seeking employment" might be a better wording - and schools will understand that it is hard.
    Have you not got anyone in a school to give a reference? A Head that you have done supply for a few times? Or even - I don't know how long you have been teaching - a mentor from a TP?
    These might be good bets.
    Best wishes
    _________________________________________________________________
    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.
    There is now another seminar on Applying for Senior Leadership on 13th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop17.eventbrite.com
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  3. Hi Theo, thanks for that. I should have stated that it is a TA job that I am applying for, I finished University last year and like some other graduates I would like to do some TA work before going on to do a PGCE or GTP.
    I have a teacher who has provided me with work experience on a couple of occassions to put as a reference. I am just unsure of what to do when an application says one reference must be current or most recent employer, yet these will either be inpersonal and/or irrelevant.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Although your agency is theoretically current or most recent employer (although NOT if they haven't given you any work), a reference from a current or recent HT where you have been on supply is quite acceptable.
    Good 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.
    There is now another seminar on Applying for Senior Leadership on 13th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop17.eventbrite.com
    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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