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Dear Theo-NQT with a person specification that I can't fit...

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by reb1990, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Hi, I hope you can help me.
    I am in the middle of applying for my first job however, the person specification contains points like: 'experience of leading whole school initiatives'. I have had no such experience and I doubt many PGCE students would have, is this code for NQTs not welcome? Should I just ignore these types of points? Should I just put no, but I would aim to do this at XXX (possibly with an idea?)?

    Please help, and thank you!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It is not code for NQTs not wanted - it is for one of two reasons:
    a) they are looking for someone with leadership experience because the role is not just for a classroom teacher, but for someone who will have a role to carry out co-ordinating the work of other teachers.
    b) the job IS for a classroom teacher, but they left that bit in by mistake from the last job that they advertised.
    Check carefully the job details. Is a) or b) more likely?
    If on closer reading it is a), then you don't apply. If it is b), then you either ring them to query this very nicely, or just ignore it in your application.
    As you are applying for your first job, I'll add here the long bit about applications in general, so that you are up to speed with the advice on writing a super application.
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also read the FAQs.
    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 24 March.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    There is interview coaching too in the afternoon that day, in very small groups:
    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 , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    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.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March
  3. Thanks for all the advice Theo! :)

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