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Dear Theo is this appropriate?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by daisy18, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. daisy18

    daisy18 New commenter

    I am approaching the end of my NQT year which was a 12 month contract and I am still trying to find a job for Sept. I have two questions which I hope you can help me with:
    1. A job has been advertised which I want to apply for.The Director of Specialism who works in the department I am applying for a job in taught me at secondary school. They left when I was half way through my secondary schooling and this was about 15 years ago.
    Is it ok to email them to remind them of me (if they do remember) and express my interest and to really draw attention to my application?

    2. My current Head teacher said she will email prosepctive heads recommending me. If I have seen jobs I am interested in is it appropriate for her to do this or not??

    Thanks in advance for your help and advice
     
  2. 1. Yes of course. You could mention it in your letter of application, along the lines of: I was inspired by my own teachers at school, namely _______ whose philosophy I admire. I would relish the opportunity to work with _____ etc....

    2. Yes! This is a great way in to a job! Head's private recommendations often lead to a position.

    Good luck.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I like a lot of what the poster above says, but one thing I do not agree with, and it could in fact be very dangerous.
    You ask:
    and RowntreeGirl says Yes.
    But you must NOT do this, you must NOT get in touch with this person, you must NOT remind them of you.
    If you do, this is called lobbying, and very many Local Authorities say that lobbying will disqualify an applicant.
    You could therefore find your application thrown in the bin, all because you contacted the Director of Specialism.
    However, mentioning it in your application (NOT contacting him) like this would be fine. No more than this, don't say anything about wanting to work with him.
    As for accepting your Head's offer to speak on your behalf, that's fine.
    Don't forget to read all the advice inside the shortlisting clickables in the Welcome thread at the top of the Forum.
    Best of luck!
    _____________________________________________________________
    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.
     
  4. daisy18

    daisy18 New commenter

    Thanks Theo!

    Im glad I checked, there was something telling me it may not be the right thing to do! Ill have to hope my application impresses them and they do remember me and want to interview me!

    Thanks again
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Good luck with it!
    _____________________________________________________________
    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.
     

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