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Dear Theo ... confused about NQT!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lou2624, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. There is a lot of conflicting information and I have a slightly unusual case. I qualified in 2008 and was unable to secure a post locally and could not move away, so instead I took a support post and carried on searching for a job. In January 2010 I began a temporary post providing two terms maternity cover and successfully completed two terms of my NQT. However I have found myself unable to secure another post to complete my final term. What I really need to know is whether or not there is a time limit on when I have to have my NQT completed and what would happen if I did not meet the deadline. Thanks in advance!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    How frustrating for you!
    I'm afraid that I am an applications expert, not an expert on NQT conditions. So follow that link and see if it helps, or go to the TDA site and do a search there.
    As for actually getting a job, here's the basic advice at this time of year:
    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 seminar on 16th July.
    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.

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