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Dear Theo - 'letter of application'

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Hoping2012, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Hoping2012

    Hoping2012 New commenter

    If a job asks for a 'letter of application' - do we write this using the job spec??? - also how long should it be??? up to two pages?

    On the application it just says Please enclose a letter of application. Please refer to the applicant information pack which may include instructions on completion of the letter of application.
     
  2. Hoping2012

    Hoping2012 New commenter

    If a job asks for a 'letter of application' - do we write this using the job spec??? - also how long should it be??? up to two pages?

    On the application it just says Please enclose a letter of application. Please refer to the applicant information pack which may include instructions on completion of the letter of application.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, max 2 sides in normal size type with proper margins. Masses of advice on this inside the shortlisting clickables in the Welcome thread.
    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
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    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.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT seminar on 5th May.
     
  4. Hoping2012

    Hoping2012 New commenter

    Ok thanks will have a look thorugh - is there anywhere where i can view examples of personal statements from experienced teachers?
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No, thankfully!
    The reason that I say that is that if you look at someone else's application or statement, it's very difficult to get it out of your mind, and without meaning to, yoiu can easily copy a whole sentence or part of one into your own application.
    |This is becoming a real problem nowadays, with people asking to share applications over the internet, so many schools and local authorities are now using similar software to that used by UCAS, for example, to detect plagiarism in university applications.
    It is not unknown for a school to receive two applications with almost identical paragraphs.
    In such situations (two very similar applications received, or the software suggesting plagiarism), the advice to schools is to reject the application out of hand.
    So it is fortunate that there isn't a nice set of examples for you to see!
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    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.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT seminar on 5th May.
     

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