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Dear Theo- how to make an NQT application "stand out"

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by petrapan, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. I want to make the best possible application for a job at a school I've visited today, as it's absolutely perfect for me. I've read the excellent advice on this forum, so will be producing an exective summary and, of course, filling out my application carefully. My personal statement has been checked by my tutor and the careers service at Uni and is apparently well written, but I'm struggling to think of how I can make it actually stand out as I don't feel I have anything dazzling to add. I'm a mum as well as a trainee teacher so I haven't led the student council, learned to play the piano, or attended summer camps. I've had very successful teaching practices and am predicted a 1:1 degree, but apart from that I'm unsure of what I can add.
    In my personal statement I've added the fact I've had phonics training, discussed teaching experiences and the specialist modules I've carried out. I have no idea what else to say. I don't have any hobbies that are relevant to teaching, I don't have any experience outside the norm. The heateacher said they are expecting around 100 applicants for 3 positions, and will initially shortlist 12 people, and advised us to make our applications "really stand out."
    The person specification doesn't contain anything too surprising, they haven't outlined any specialist needs. The Ofsted report is good and doesn't really give me much to work with as they're doing most things right already. I didn't get a sense that there were specific gaps to plug during the visit.
    Am I over - thinking this?

     
  2. I want to make the best possible application for a job at a school I've visited today, as it's absolutely perfect for me. I've read the excellent advice on this forum, so will be producing an exective summary and, of course, filling out my application carefully. My personal statement has been checked by my tutor and the careers service at Uni and is apparently well written, but I'm struggling to think of how I can make it actually stand out as I don't feel I have anything dazzling to add. I'm a mum as well as a trainee teacher so I haven't led the student council, learned to play the piano, or attended summer camps. I've had very successful teaching practices and am predicted a 1:1 degree, but apart from that I'm unsure of what I can add.
    In my personal statement I've added the fact I've had phonics training, discussed teaching experiences and the specialist modules I've carried out. I have no idea what else to say. I don't have any hobbies that are relevant to teaching, I don't have any experience outside the norm. The heateacher said they are expecting around 100 applicants for 3 positions, and will initially shortlist 12 people, and advised us to make our applications "really stand out."
    The person specification doesn't contain anything too surprising, they haven't outlined any specialist needs. The Ofsted report is good and doesn't really give me much to work with as they're doing most things right already. I didn't get a sense that there were specific gaps to plug during the visit.
    Am I over - thinking this?

     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As regards 'making your application stand out' you need to stop putting yourself down- you DO have lots to offer;
    You're a mum, so have first-hand experience of children! Plus being NQT you're cheaper than a mature candidate but are a mature candidate- always a plus!
    You're right to highlight your phonics training, but need to put in some personal comments such as how effective you think phonics are or how you think they impact on language acquisition.
    Surely you do activities with your children that you could offer to a school in after-school clubs- nature watching, playiong word games- you can probably find quite a lot here.
    Then you need to look at the job spec & tell them how you can fulfil all their criteria.
    Best of luck! Looking forward to you posting Dear Theo I got the job & getting that shiny star.

     
  4. Thankyou both, some very useful advice there. I'll update if I get an interview.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    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.
    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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