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Dear Theo- Applications and Interviews- Feel like I've hit a brick wall

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hint for next time you post: better to keep it a tad shorter, lots of people would give up reading . . .
    I shouldn't put much store by feedback; people just want to say something that they can justify, so lack of experience is what they tell you. Feedback is pretty useless in most cases, although you occasionally get the odd helpful bit. After all, they thought you had enough experience to shortlist 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.
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots 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 getting on a train to come to the seminars on Sunday 26 June.
    www.tesweekendworkshop29.eventbrite.com
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Good 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!
     
  2. Thanks for the advice, Theo. I will be coming to the seminar next Sunday. Do you think it is worth sending a copy of my CV and a personal statement/summary of skills and abilities/supply agencies worked for to schools?
    Regarding supply, I agree that it has helped me to develop a lot of skills. I was told that schools look down upon supply teachers on the basis that 'If they can't find a permanent job, they must be rubbish teachers', so it's refreshing supply portrayed in a positive light.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Not unless you are just looking for short-term replacement posts, and they just happen to have a vacancy cropping up then as an emergency..
    For anything else, schools will expect you to apply like everyone else.
    Speculative letters often get weeded out by the staff and never even reach the Head . . .
    __________________
    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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