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Dear Theo - Confused by application demands!!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by squirlywhirly, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Hi Theo,

    I have an interview next Friday for an MFL job I'd really like, but just in case I don't get it I'm still filling in other applications...the one I'm currently trying to do is for a maternity cover but is in the city I really want to return to, so in some ways is better than the job I might potentially get next week. Anyway, this isn't the point of my post.

    I'm confused by what the school is asking for in their application. It's a Catholic school, and the application form is (what I assume is) the generic Catholic Education Service one. Within this form, it has this little blurb:

    SUPPORTING STATEMENT

    Please provide a written statement, no longer than 2 sides of A4, detailing why you believe your personal qualities and experience are relevant to your suitability for the post advertised and how you meet the person specification. You should also pay particular attention to the national standards for the post and job specification for the position for which you are applying.

    HOWEVER, in the school's 'information to candidates' email, they say they want a completed application form (including, I presume, the supporting statement as a separate document) AND "a brief separate letter of application" which has to address "how you will contribute to highly successful outcomes in MFL".

    Would I not have done this already in my supporting statement? Does this mean the supporting statement requested by the application form and their 'brief separate letter of application' are one and the same? Or do they want a 2 side supporting statement and then another one addressing their specific question?! And how brief should a brief letter be??

    SO CONFUSED!!

    Many thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom.
     
  2. Hi Theo,

    I have an interview next Friday for an MFL job I'd really like, but just in case I don't get it I'm still filling in other applications...the one I'm currently trying to do is for a maternity cover but is in the city I really want to return to, so in some ways is better than the job I might potentially get next week. Anyway, this isn't the point of my post.

    I'm confused by what the school is asking for in their application. It's a Catholic school, and the application form is (what I assume is) the generic Catholic Education Service one. Within this form, it has this little blurb:

    SUPPORTING STATEMENT

    Please provide a written statement, no longer than 2 sides of A4, detailing why you believe your personal qualities and experience are relevant to your suitability for the post advertised and how you meet the person specification. You should also pay particular attention to the national standards for the post and job specification for the position for which you are applying.

    HOWEVER, in the school's 'information to candidates' email, they say they want a completed application form (including, I presume, the supporting statement as a separate document) AND "a brief separate letter of application" which has to address "how you will contribute to highly successful outcomes in MFL".

    Would I not have done this already in my supporting statement? Does this mean the supporting statement requested by the application form and their 'brief separate letter of application' are one and the same? Or do they want a 2 side supporting statement and then another one addressing their specific question?! And how brief should a brief letter be??

    SO CONFUSED!!

    Many thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    First initial reaction is to ensure you particularly address the MFL issue in your letter (as requested) which is what they mean by your 'supporting statement' (i e instead of in a letter format). Mention your qualifications on the form and your 'vision' in the statement.
    Hope that makes sense.
     
  4. Ok Lara, so you think that they are only wanting one 2 side document in which I address their specific question about MFL AND what it says to address in the application form blurb?

    That was my impression, but it's not particularly clear!
     
  5. I've also applied for jobs using the generic Catholic application form and I used the other information the school provided to decide if I was writing a personal statement or a letter of application. I've had to do both but never at the same time of course.

    In your case I would interpret it to mean that you should return the application form filled in plus a letter of application, addressing the point they asked you. So 2 files if you are returning it by e-mail.

    Follow Theo's advice too though and make sure that you write your executive summary too on a separate sheet in your letter of application - This will mean that your letter of application file will be 3 pages long but your letter is still only 2 as requested.

    Good luck!
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for Friday's interview - that's today, so fingers crossed. A permanent post is good news.
    Dear Theo et al - Evidence of Christian commitment is a thread that may help with the new application.
    As for your confusion, I'm not surprised! They have just got themselves in a mix-up, writing two different things (written by two different people?) in two different places.
    Yes, it is.
    So just do a two-page letter of application, plus an executive summary.
    I just wish that schools were more careful with what they ask for . . . Can't they bother to check what everything says?
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice @ tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  7. Thanks Theo, and Catherine.

    I will just do the one letter then, makes things a lot easier than trying to split stuff up :)

    My interview is NEXT Friday Theo, today I've been supply 'cover supervising' although it turned out all my lessons were French so I feel I bit ripped off to be honest - I'd have thought it would be counted (and paid) as proper supply since I am an MFL specialist but apparently not!!
     

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