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Dear Theo: Cover Letter..

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sunshine_m, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I am currently applying for a couple of jobs both of which have application forms which I will be emailing to the schools. Neither schools have requested a cover letter or letter of application but I assume I still need to send one or the other? Both forms have space for an "applicant statement" or "Relevant experience/other information" which should include why I'm applying for the job etc. Do these count as personal statements? Neither school has asked for a separate personal statement.
    Which sort of letter would be better?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Dear Theo,
    I am currently applying for a couple of jobs both of which have application forms which I will be emailing to the schools. Neither schools have requested a cover letter or letter of application but I assume I still need to send one or the other? Both forms have space for an "applicant statement" or "Relevant experience/other information" which should include why I'm applying for the job etc. Do these count as personal statements? Neither school has asked for a separate personal statement.
    Which sort of letter would be better?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Right, I am assuming by your post above that you are a beginner at this application business. So here goes . . .
    Masses of help available on here - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Here below is a summary of the steps to take in job hunting. Hope you find this useful.
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in those shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also, you should read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this. It looks as though the forms have room for the executive summary, so put it there and then do a separate application letter.
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    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. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page
    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 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. 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 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 24 March.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Here are the details for the next one:
    www.tesweekendworkshop95.eventbrite.com
    There is interview coaching too in the afternoon that day, in very small groups:
    www.tesweekendworkshop96.eventbrite.com
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Best wishes
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The next seminar Win That Teaching Job is Saturday 24th March. www.tesweekendworkshop95.eventbrite.com
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk
     
  4. Thanks, I have been reading through a lot of the stuff one here. It's very useful but I'm still unsure about these spaces on the application forms- do they count as personal statements so meaning that I need to send a cover letter rather than an application letter? Or is the personal statement something separate to the application form which the school will ask for (meaning that I would need to send an application letter as well?) Sorry but really confused [​IMG]
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    As I said above:
    So put your executive summary in the space and send a separate application letter.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The next seminar Win That Teaching Job is Saturday 24th March. www.tesweekendworkshop95.eventbrite.com
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk
     
  6. Silly me for not reading your first post properly, a bit stressed at the moment. Thank you very much.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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