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Dear Theo. NQT and still no job.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by len87, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. len87

    len87 New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    <font face="Times New Roman">I am currently in the last stretch of my PGCE training as an RE teacher. Religious Education positions are not exactly plentiful; however I have found a few jobs which I applied for. Unfortunately I have had no response from any of the schools, and through talking to others on the course the same is happening to them. A lot of the other positions are HODs and I am beginning to get concerned about the near future. </font><font face="Times New Roman">I have had my application forms checked by mentors and other teachers and there have been no major concerns from them. </font><font face="Times New Roman"> </font><font face="Times New Roman">Any advice?</font>Len
  2. The people applying for these jobs will mostly be regular RE teachers. Their appointment should soon lead to a vacancy for their own position, which an NQT could fill.

    Also, as there is a decreasing demand for R.E. teachers (mostly due to the EBacc), have you thought about offering a second subject e.g. English, Citizenship, History, which you would be comfortable teaching to KS3 or even 4. It could give you the edge over competition with a more narrow teaching spectrum.
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    " Lot of other positions are HoDs. . .. "
    "The people applying for these jobs will mostly be regular RE teachers.
    Their appointment should soon lead to a vacancy for their own position,
    which an NQT could fill"

    Good practical advice from deborahharris89 there and so true. As is the point about the EBac and a second subject. Being MFL trained initially I soon realised how important it was to have 2nd and 3rd strings to one's bow!
    You are reading all Theo's advice in the pinned thread clickables too, aren't you?
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It is hard in general for NQTs to get jobs, and as you know, RE is not a shortage area. So I can see that you may be feeling a tad depressed.
    There are a few things that you might do that could perhaps increase your chances.
    There is masses of help available on here - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Also, you should read the FAQs. Here below is a summary of the steps to take in job hunting. Hope you find this useful.
    For an effective application, you should send the following:
    • 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.
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary.
    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.
    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 very soon: Saturday 28 April.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters, who then post to say that they got the job.
    There is interview coaching too in the afternoon that day Saturday 28 April, in very small groups:
    Point 5 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, and e-mail or post to say that they got the job.
    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 , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Best wishes and best of luck
    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 am contributing to the Moving into SLT and Headship seminar on 5th May

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