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Dear Theo- Positive Spin

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by andersoncouncil, May 22, 2012.

  1. andersoncouncil

    andersoncouncil New commenter

    I am about ready to throw in the towel, so any last ditch advice would be much appreciated. I did 2 short term posts in secondary (1 year each) and then taught in FE for 4 years until I was made redundant. I am currently doing supply in secondary. I have applied for countless jobs (probably in the region of 100) and been short listed 3 times for posts outside of my own subject area or age range. I talk about sixth form and UCAS experience where schools have a sixth form, I have done the co-ordination role for two subjects (no luck on HOD jobs either). My references are good and I follow all of your advice on using an Executive Summary etc. HODs at schools I have been on supply in have told me about posts coming up and urged me to apply and I still don't make the cut. As I was on a different pay scale in FE I can't see any reason why they couldn't pay me MPS 3, so I'm not very expensive for someone with nearly 7 years of teaching under their belt. I have a good degree. I feel their may be a perception that there are no behaviour issues in FE or that we don't deal with parents, so I make a point of dealing with this in applications. I have done tonnes of CPD, all relevant to secondary teaching and been an examiner for two different boards. My short term posts were a maternity cover and stepping in for an absent HOD, so there was no option to make them longer term, it isn't as though I was sacked or anything. I taught another subject in FE and have applied for jobs doing this. I also did some Foundation Learning and Basic Skills and came fairly close to a job in a Special School, but was just pipped. I wondered what makes my applications go on the no pile and how could I put a more positive spin on what is so off putting? There really are no jobs in FE where I think I might stand a better chance, but I always state that I am keen to be in the secondary sector etc.
     
  2. andersoncouncil

    andersoncouncil New commenter

    PS I can't make it do paragraphs on here, but do promise I use them in statements etc. Thanks in advance to Theo and anyone else who can help out (or just empathise/sympathise I could do with it at the moment!)
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hard to say without actually seeing the application and the job details, I'm afraid.
    And no, I don't do that!
    But I know someone who does . . . If you e-mail Julia on advice@tes.co.uk, she manages the application review service, so write to her and see what she suggests.
    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.
     
  4. andersoncouncil

    andersoncouncil New commenter

    Thanks Theo, I'm feeling sorry for myself today. I will definitely do that and hopefully not give up just yet!
     

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