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Dear Theo, happy but confused!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by msmuse, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Hello Theo, or anyone with any thoughts...
    <font size="2">I have recently
    accepted a temporary position for the summer term (with possibility of
    extension). I have spent a day in the school meeting the children and staff and
    gathering planning and resources etc. I really like the school, but the year
    group is not my ideal and apparently has some behavioural issues (as do all

    <font size="2">Today I received
    an invite to interview (3 weeks after the closing date!) for my ideal job
    starting this September (permanent, S/L in my specialism with TLR available),
    which obviously would be fantastic. However, if I accept the invite to
    interview it will mean a day off from my soon-to-be current job, in my first
    week [​IMG]. </font><font size="2">I </font><font size="2">am concerned that my new HT will be less than impressed (a)
    that I am taking time off already and (b) that I am thinking of leaving before
    I have begun (!), and will therefore write me off as a contender for any
    positions which may become available for September. If I am unsuccessful at
    interview, I will end up with nothing and be back to where I am now &ndash; with nothing
    but sketchy supply! Should I ring the HT and discuss this with her, or is my
    predicament fairly usual, and hence not the problem I think it is? </font>

  2. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

    I believe in honesty as the best policy. I would telephone your soon to be new HT and tell her, take her opinion. Shows that you are enthusiastic and conscientious.
  3. At the end of the day my HOD has told me you have to 'do what is right for you' - and the fact that the job you are due to start is only temporary, there is currently no promise of a FT job - they have to understand that you are looking for a permanent position and really should understand your position.
    Timing is lousy - but don't let that hinder you. A good school and dept will understand and even encourage you! A lesser one won't so perhaps it would not be considering permanent there in the future if that is their attitude??!

    I am part time on a temporary contract - and looking for full time work - but was honest with the school when I joined and they have been happy for me to go for interviews. MY HOD has written me great refs and has been very supportive.

    Unfortunately no FT job yet...

    Go for it and Good luck! :eek:)
  4. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Thank you! I will speak to my new HT - she seems really pleasant, so yes, I am hoping she will understand my position. I feel lucky to have any work at all [​IMG]
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, MsMuse, talk it over with the new \Head - but don't ask her opinion, it would be very wrong for her to suggest that you didn't apply. She shouldn't be advising you on whether or not to apply.
    Instead tell her how pleased you are to be starting at her school, say that you are sure that she will understand ypour difficult situation, needing to feel secure with a permanent position, and then ask her how you can make it least disruptive for the school on this interview day. What would she like you to leave in the way of preparation, etc.
    And don't forget your own preparation - go to the WElcome thread and open the interview clickables there.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    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.
  6. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Thank you Theo. I will try really hard to do what you suggest without becoming nervous and apologising all over the place! I do have to think of myself and my situation, and at the end of the day this post is temporary with no guaranteed extension.
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Fingers crossed for you.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    This is a seven-month old thread . . .

    ___________________________________________________Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, every week in print in the TES magazine, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultation.

  9. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Haha, I was even more confused when I saw this thread ressurrected!
    As it happened back then, the HT was fine about it and I didn't get the job anyway. Got a new post for January now, so I guess I am still happy and confused [​IMG]
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, perhaps Lara's fingers crossed in retrospect did something for you!
    Best wishes
    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, every week in print in the TES magazine, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultation.
  11. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    Yes, I am sure they did. Lara's lovely positive attitude would definitely have helped me [​IMG] Thanks Lara! xx
  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, real 'faux pas there! No idea how this thread came up on one of my tabs!
  13. msmuse

    msmuse New commenter

    No 'faux pas' Lara. An honest mistake, which has come about because you are always on the look out to give good advice and good wishes to everyone. Bless you xx

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