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Dear Theo - handwritten letter of application!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Gila, May 3, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo, I've just visited a wonderful primary school where I would love to work, but when I was handed the application pack I saw they want a handwritten letter of application. There is no person spec in the pack, and no space for a personal statement on the LA application form. I'm quite daunted by having to handwrite a letter of application, as I know my handwriting can be a little erratic, but will give it a go. I apologise for the lack of paragraphs, but will number my questions for you:
    1. How long should the letter be? As I said there's no space on the application form for a personal statement, but if I handwrite my 'typical' letter of application, it will of course be longer than two A4 pages typed, and surely be too long? Should I stick to two A4 pages, handwritten?
    2. Given that it will be difficult to include all the things I would like to, and there's no person spec, what are the elements I should focus on? Should I still aim to include all the usual elements, and what about information which they can see from the application form, for instance which year groups I have taught?
    3. Do I need to handwrite the school's address at the top of the letter as in a typed letter or can I leave it out to create more space for other things?
    4. Why are they asking for a handwritten letter? Will they analyse my handwriting??
    5. Do you think I should still include an executive summary, even though there's no person spec, and if your answer is yes, I guess I could at least type that?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Thanks for the numbered questions! I have no paras either and loads of typos as writing on tiny screen can.t read what I type. But techie due tomorrow to get me back on internet, hurray! Q1 2 pages yes Q2 Prioritise what is most important to them. Look at their documents and website to identify this. as well as common sense Q3 No, leave it out Q4 Because they are old fashioned. And to see if you can follow instructions. In France they sometimes analyse it for big jobs but who s going to pay for that here? Don.t worry! Q5 Yes. V important as reduced space in letter. Type it. Use the person spec for a similar post from TES Jobs. For letter use non lined paper but clip a backing sheet with lines to guide you. Do the guidelines on computer. If you make a mistake even on last line, start the whole page again. No tippex, no crossing out. Draft it first on computer then copy it out very slowly, swearing under your breath all the while. Good luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Good luck to you both!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    * * * I´m told that although there´s still 12 days to go, both of these are nearly full, with extra chairs being actively sought. Book soon or lose your chance!* * *
    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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