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Dear Theo I need help!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by vicky_b1983, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo,
    Im looking for some advice. I am currently in a jobshare, in which I work 3 days per week. I have been applying for other jobs in my area now for around 1 year and I am just getting nowhere. Its really starting to get me down now. My references are from my current head and also a deputy head whom I used to cover on supply before I started my NQT year. My second reference is now well out of date and I think that could be the reason why I am not being shortlisted as a HT actually called my HT to ask for a verbal reference for me because my references were very different. What should I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I shouldn't think so - lots of people have a reference from the past. More likely thaty our application isn't showing off your skills.
    That is the issue sometimes - if a reference is from a LONG time ago, then you will have developed extra skills that will not be shown in the less recent one.
    Why not have two referees from your current school? There's no reason why not. the Head plus Deputy, or plus the Key Stage Co-ordinator.
    And, of course, you need to check that you are doing everything thaty ou should to ensure your best possible chance. Here is the outline:
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    Point 1 Are you getting notification of all possible jobs? Do several JobAlerts here on the TES Forum, for all your subjects, and then repeat them all for the independent schools. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Point 3 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. You might, for example, being doing something quite simple, like screwing up your face in a glare when you are conisdering an answer, which can be very off-putting. And which a school is unlikely to tell you about.
    Point 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 21 January. There is another one in February, just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then. It's Saturady 25th February, and I shall be doing that one.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it (just calculate the difference between JSA and a NQT salary . . .), it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    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.

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