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Dear Theo: Feeling stressed about job!

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

  1. Hi There,

    I am feeling mighty stressed about the job situation. I have been teaching 4 years in a good state school. Excellent department and been promoted quite quickly to deputy head of dept. However, I just want more. I feel I am ready to be HoD now. I fear that I will be waiting for other people to move on before that opportunity comes up. By move on I mean either maternity or move school. Could be a long wait. Current school been very good to me and helped me out.

    I have seen two positions I definitely want to apply for (in state schools) and one position I was initially excited about but now having second thoughts (Indi school).

    I have told my current school that I am applying for other jobs and the Head Teacher was fine and supportive - said he doesn't blame me but is disappointed. Other members of staff I know have sour taste in their mouth because of one thing or another. Without going into too many details, school have paid for things for me training, TLRs etc. I suppose it must look like I am throwing it away.

    The two schools I am definitely keen on have closing dates of a week today. I have emailed to ask if I can visit. I wanted to visit the indi school but they said I can't. The closing date for that is tomorrow!!!

    I have done the applications for the two state schools. Tailored each application and done exec summaries etc. I managed to get an interview last year using a similar format statement and exec summary but didn't get job. Spent a long time over the weekend for the two state schools.

    However, I am worried that the two state schools will be a 'done deal' and they will have insiders which will mean I won't get the job. Then I will have missed out on the indi school too.

    I half filled in the application form for the indi school but then changed my mind.

    I am in such a worry about it alllll!!!

    I also have an obs this week which is at back of my mind at moment and I am worried the school are so disappointed with me it will come across in the obs!

    Help needed please.

    Thanks
     
  2. So to summaries...haha...

    Shall I:

    1) Apply for all three - mad dash to get application for indi school tonight?
    2) Apply for the two and ditch the indi school - perhaps having no new job for Sept?

    Do you think schools would have bothered to advertise if it were a done deal? I know that our school don't always advertise for jobs if there is someone who could do job at school. Obviously I know schools have to if its a senior leadership position but it isn't. One of the state schools seems to have paid a bit extra for the advertising and has gone for the Grey colour advert on TES online.
     
  3. And to top it all!!!!!

    One of the state schools hasn't replied to my email about a visit. I also asked a few questions about the department. Questions that weren't addressed in the application pack.

    They probably haven't replied because I used the word 'extremely' three times!!!!!!! Silly me!

    Probably think I am rubbish at English.

    Arrrggggghhhh so want a new job!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Stop panicking. Right now!
    If you are experienced at doing Exec summaries you will be able to do one fast for the indy. Just do it and see what happens. Remember to talk in your application about all the co-curricular things you would like to get involved in. Read this:
    Dear Theo: Extra-curricular activities and Ind. schools?
    Also read the welcome thread clickables on the indy Forum here. By the way - |Indies don't go for visits, so that's why you got a No there. Disruptive for teaching is our view. A full individual visit given on the interview day.
    Don't worry about the other school not replying - they may just be very busy. I doubt if the person replying to e-mails is in charge of the decision-making re appointments.
    No school will appoint a second-rate internal person if an outstanding external turns up. If they have advertised - and it's always a bit load of money, even if not in colour - it's because they wish to attract good candidates externally.
    So do all three. You never know - you may have a choice!
    Best of luck
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  5. Well, I have decided to only go for the two state positions. Eventually I want to be an Assistant Head/Deputy or Head of Performing Arts etc. I am currently doing an SSAT course - Developing Leaders and it has been such an inspiration. The pull of working in an inner city school has really got to me and I feel excited by it.

    Do you honestly think they wouldn't have paid for an advert if they had a good internal candidate?
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You didn't say that before, about the Inner City attraction . . . of course not indy in that case.
    Yes. If only paying lip service to advertising because Govs always insist, would have done cheapo tiny TES ad, or local rag.
    Good luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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. Well time will tell.

    Visit at one school on Wednesday.

    Application done for the other. Going to check through tomorrow and send off.
     

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