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Dear Theo - I got a job!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by LadyValkyrie, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. After not getting the job after my lesson observation and interview last week, I sent in an application online for another job I had spotted. The advert clearly stated they wanted an experienced teacher, so I figured I was in with a shout. It was a permanent KS2 post and they wanted someone who could co-ordinate a core subject (my #1 specialism is English).
    I was an invited for an interview today and it went really well! They asked really interesting questions and the ideas for my answers flowed - I was relieved I had given intelligent, articulate answers for at least some questions. I met the head, deputy head and two of the governors and they were all really nice people. So I had a good feeling about it but didn't honestly think I'd get it.
    The head phoned a while ago (I've been out to pick up my son in the meantime) and said they were very impressed with my interview, but worried about the time I've had out of teaching (5 years now). She said she wanted to offer me a fixed-term contract for the summer term (the post was always to start in April) and they can then review the situation later in the term and decide whether to make me permanent, and asked me how I'd feel about it.
    I couldn't believe it! I couldn't get my words out on the phone - I'm just so pleased to be given a chance, and at the very least I will get back in the classroom, get some experience, and the chance to prove myself and get a recent reference, even if they ultimately decide I'm not the right person for their school. It will be full-time in a Y3 class and all the paperwork will be completed shortly after Christmas - lovely school, lovely area, lovely people, and the chance of the contract being extended. I'm happy - but shell-shocked! :)
    Supply in the meantime from January to April for me, which is all set up and ready to go. I'm excited to get back into teaching again!
    Thanks for all the advice and support from everyone here!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh wow, well done & congratulations!
    [​IMG]So a step on the ladder. really hopeful too, as by the time they've decided whether to appoint you permanently it will be late in the summer term & they know that's not always the best time to 'recruit the best candidate' as many good ones will have been snapped up by then, so theat must mean they have confidence in you.
    What more could you ask?

  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Excellent news! [​IMG]
    Time to celebrate! [​IMG]
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You're a star, a twinkly star! Well done to you, Lady V!
    Super, super, super!
    Now read this and Bump it:
    Got a Job Offer? What to do now . . .
    *** Don't think that just because you've been employed in the past you know all this and don't need to read it ***
    You must be feeling SO pleased to have a job, and can now relax for Christmas!
    And a job for the Experienced teacher (AKA the Expensive teacher [​IMG] ) - that is REALLY good news!

    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.
  5. Thanks all!
    Lara, the head actually said "I'm sure you'll really impress us anyway" - so I take that as hopeful that I am in fact the right person for the job!
    Thanks Theo, I did read through that very helpful thread yesterday, but will read through it now in more detail.
    And yes, it just shows, if you're persistent, there are still jobs out there for us "expensive" M6 teachers! ;)
  6. welshchocoholic1

    welshchocoholic1 Senior commenter

    Oh wow! Congratulations[​IMG]!! x
  7. Double congrats! This is really heartening on two counts. All the best for new job[​IMG]
  8. Congrats. :) Go show 'em what you got so they'll keep you on!!!

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