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Dear Theo: Flummoxed by application process!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by j33ffa, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. j33ffa

    j33ffa New commenter

    Hi Theo

    I am sure this maybe a repetition of previously asked questions, however I have been unable to find the exact answer to my question -and hopefully this may help others too.

    I am applying for a job which does not state if I should write a cover letter, or how I should return the application. There is a space on the application to write how I fit the person specification.

    So the question is...

    Should I fill in this section only.... or complete this section AND provide a covering letter as well?

    Also I am currently working as a TA as I fell pregnant during my PGCE, so decided not to rush into teaching, and I am considering writing this in my application, and how I am now keen to fulfill my ambition to teach, do you think this will go in my favour for honesty (at least it gives a reason as to why I have not got a job on completion of my PGCE!)?

    Many thanks
    Jenni
     
  2. j33ffa

    j33ffa New commenter

    Hi Theo

    I am sure this maybe a repetition of previously asked questions, however I have been unable to find the exact answer to my question -and hopefully this may help others too.

    I am applying for a job which does not state if I should write a cover letter, or how I should return the application. There is a space on the application to write how I fit the person specification.

    So the question is...

    Should I fill in this section only.... or complete this section AND provide a covering letter as well?

    Also I am currently working as a TA as I fell pregnant during my PGCE, so decided not to rush into teaching, and I am considering writing this in my application, and how I am now keen to fulfill my ambition to teach, do you think this will go in my favour for honesty (at least it gives a reason as to why I have not got a job on completion of my PGCE!)?

    Many thanks
    Jenni
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Have you read carefully the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread at the top?
    These will give you general ideas for your application - ideas that have worked for loads of posters.
    If the space on the form is about a page, put your executive summary in there (see the clickables for explanation) and then do a full application letter too.
    If this space is too small, just put a few things in it, and then have the executive summary as page 3 of your 2-page application letter.
    Do read the clickables!
    Anything that is honest and shows passion for your profession should work in your favour!
    Best wishes
    _________________________________________________________________
    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.
    There is now another seminar on Applying for Senior Leadership on 13th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop17.eventbrite.com
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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