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Dear Theo or Anybody Else: No Person Spec! What to Write?!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Lilybett, May 3, 2011.

  1. So I'm an NQT and a KS2 job has come up at a school literally 5mins from me and I want it!
    I think it's a bit weird, though: there's no person specification, no information for candidates, no letter to applicants, no nuffink. Just an application form.
    I rang the school to double check the council hadn't ballsed it up. When the school said they were unsure, I phoned the council to triple check and it's true - there is no information at all.
    All I've got is what's in the ad, but it's pretty obvious:
    The postholder will have responsibility for teaching in year 4 initially.
    We are seeking a teacher who;
    • is an outstanding classroom practitioner
    • has high expectations and a commitment to raising academic standards
    • can work well as part of a team
    • is committed to inclusive practice
    • is able to communicate well with good interpersonal skills
    • has the ability to inspire and motivate.

    I have an appointment to visit the school tomorrow afternoon and am about to sit down and go through their prospectus and latest OFSTED. I just don't feel this and that short list is enough to base a whole Personal Statement and covering letter on - how can I know what they want?!
    Sorry to be thick, I'm just really thrown that I can't do it the way I'm so used to... [​IMG] I am usually very methodical and use subtitles from the person spec to structure my statement, then I just go through the person spec point-by-point and explain how I meet their criteria.
    I'm especially worried because it's a CofE school and I am not religious, so it feels like there's even more than usual riding on the application form.
    Thanks in advance for your thoughts; you people are always a goldmine of experience and common sense xxx
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Two good pieces of advice above. When you do invent the executive summary, it would be a good idea to include something about Promoting the Christian ethos of the school, and say how you would do this, even though it´s not on their list.
    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.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    www.tesweekendworkshop25.eventbrite.com
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    * * * I´m told that although there´s still 12 days to go, both of these are nearly full, with extra chairs being actively sought. Book soon or lose your chance!* * *
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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