Dear Theo I thought that I'd written 'Dear Theo' in my previous post on this subject but clearly not! I'd really appreciate your advice on the following: Dear Theo Q1. Apart from application form blunders, are there any other reasons why some one may fail to be shortlisted for a post? I'm curious because I had a good record of being shortlisted for jobs until last summer when I had a series of jobs that I failed to be shortlisted for, even though I approached the application process (did research, did a table for myself showing how I could meet each criteria and writing nice personal statements in which I briefly gave examples of relevant parts of employment history which demonstrated how I met each criteria for the job and ended with how keen I was to contribute to the work of the colleges I was applying for) in exactly the same way as previously, which had worked for me pretty well, as I said (in that I got shortlisted for jobs more often than not). Q2. The only difference was the fact that I was off for a couple of months early on last year with health issues. At the time, the Head of HR told me that the time off would be mentioned in my reference, but the nature of the health condition would not be (I have now fully recovered from it). Could it be this which put people off? Q3. If so, is there any way that I could pre-empt this issue when applying for jobs? By the way, I now have a teaching job but not in a school or college. Thanks PS12 Many thanks again! Sorry for the mess up in my earlier thread!