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Dear Theo - personal statement

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by altally, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. altally

    altally New commenter

    Dear Theo
    I am a final year BA Education student and I'm in the middle of applying for a job at a lovely independent school. They sent me out an application form, as they didn't have an online option.
    The problem/question is, should I handwrite the statement as I would be the rest of the application form? The space for the statement is, for a start, very small (about 2/3rds of a page) and I'm struggling to fit my statement on two full sides of A4 - that's with Arial size 11.
    Would it be acceptable to print off the statement separately, and put "see separate sheet" instead? I can't imagine handwriting it would be very sensible.
    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  2. altally

    altally New commenter

    Dear Theo
    I am a final year BA Education student and I'm in the middle of applying for a job at a lovely independent school. They sent me out an application form, as they didn't have an online option.
    The problem/question is, should I handwrite the statement as I would be the rest of the application form? The space for the statement is, for a start, very small (about 2/3rds of a page) and I'm struggling to fit my statement on two full sides of A4 - that's with Arial size 11.
    Would it be acceptable to print off the statement separately, and put "see separate sheet" instead? I can't imagine handwriting it would be very sensible.
    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Not Theo I'm afraid but no doubt he'll be along later.
    I'm pretty sure he'll say never say 'See separate sheet'.
    However what you could do is write the first part in the space and then say, 'continued on a separate sheet', ensuring you put your name on the separate sheet in case it gets separated from the form.
    Best of luck with it!
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    This is one of the very rare occasions where you could do this (i.e. write see attached letter), but I wouldn't advise it if possible.
    What I suggest is the following:
    • Do an executive summary that is small enough to fit in the space. You'll have to cut down their details to bare essentials to get it in.
    • Cut and stick it into the gap
    • Photocopy that page, and then send them the photocopy, not the stuck on page.
    • Write a separate 2 side letter of application.
    (See FAQs, see Shortlisting clickables, both inside the Welcome thread, for details of above).
    Read this too!
    Thinking of going for a new post. Should the app form be submitted in blocks?
    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 Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th, and also the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     

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