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Dear Theo - assuming I get lucky!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by gitmath, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    And actually get interviewed for the head of faculty job I've applied for, what do you think of the following as reasons for wanting to "drop back" to this type of position from an SLT role...


    (a) I don't see it as dropping back, just a different, more focussed set of challenges
    (b) Working in SLT was an opportunity not to be missed as I've learnt a lot over the last 18 months but my strengths lie in running a faculty in my subject - talk about my passion for the subject etc etc
    (c) Also not enjoyed the politics in my current school and the fact that my current "acting" position is drawing to an end gives me the ideal opportunity to return to something I love doing.

    Thanks and hope I've not jinxed myself!

    PS - how on earth do I get line breaks!!?!
     
  2. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    And actually get interviewed for the head of faculty job I've applied for, what do you think of the following as reasons for wanting to "drop back" to this type of position from an SLT role...


    (a) I don't see it as dropping back, just a different, more focussed set of challenges
    (b) Working in SLT was an opportunity not to be missed as I've learnt a lot over the last 18 months but my strengths lie in running a faculty in my subject - talk about my passion for the subject etc etc
    (c) Also not enjoyed the politics in my current school and the fact that my current "acting" position is drawing to an end gives me the ideal opportunity to return to something I love doing.

    Thanks and hope I've not jinxed myself!

    PS - how on earth do I get line breaks!!?!
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You stop using Google Chrome.
    (c) is bad. Saying anything negative about your current - or a past - school is never going to go down well.
    You need a Pilgrim not a Refugee answer. (b) is it. (But it should have been addressed up front in your application - tip for next time).
    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.
    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 http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree, negative comments such as c) should be firmly kept to yourself.
    I also wouldn't even give a mention to the idea of 'dropping back', more something like ' I would love an opportunity to return to my original passion as HoD using all the skills I've acquired during my temporary post as acting . . .', you get the idea.
     
  5. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    Afraid it's worse than that - stuck with Safari and Firefox on a Mac :) Trying Firefox now though.
    All good advice thanks and I'm relieved that (b) was the reason I gave in my covering letter. If I'm lucky and get invited for an interview, (c) will be avoided at all costs!
    Thanks again and fingers crossed, eh?
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It's worked!
    Excellent!
    That's everything sorted, then!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  7. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    Well, step one completed and interview booked. Just have to start getting the confidence levels up now!
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You've got an interview? Oh well done!
    The Welcome thread has two clickables with masses of info about interviews.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  9. gitmath

    gitmath New commenter

    Interview done - they didn't appoint and I have to say that it was the worst interview experience I've had. Lucky escape maybe... Oh well, onwards and upwards!
     

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