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Dear Theo - Getting an interview after long term sickness absence

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by planetarium64, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I have applied for several jobs recently and I know that my references have been requested on several occasions but then I am not called to interview. All I can think is that I have been off for a term with Stress (specific to my current work situation), and I had only been at the school for a term prior to this, so my most recent reference will not have much information about my achievements. Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of being shortlisted? Should I declare everything on a covering letter with an application form? I am on UPS3 so I am a very expensive choice.
    Any advice would be gratefully received
    Thank you
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I hope that you are now much much better.
    Don't worry, this is a problem faced by others, and they can be successful in getting jobs. What you need to do is be open about it in your aplication letter. You could conisder having a very brief mention of it, along these lines: Having successfully got through a period of stress-related ill=health, I have now developed coping mechanisms that mean that I am much better equipped than other teachers for performing successfully when faced by the everyday pressures of the job.
    But only write it if it.s true, of course.
    Read this thread:
    Dear Theo: Cover Letter.. and, of course, all the clickables in the Welcome thread to get advice on how to write a good application.
    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.

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