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Dear Theo: Referees

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TTPrimary, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. I am currently looking for work in September however as many NQT's are finding this is difficult to achieve. I am aware that it is an expectation for the most recent Headteacher to be listed as a referee however my most recent Headteacher is moving schools at the end of the term and has a new position in a new school starting in September. I considered using my mentor as a referee but like my most recent Headteacher he will also be starting a new position in a new school in September. If I am unable to find a teaching position for September what would you recommend I do regarding references for any completed applications after September? Is it acceptable to still use these referees eventhough their contact details will differ from those schools stated in my teaching experiences?

    Please help. Thank you.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Let's hope you get a job before then!
    You put the Head or your mentor at their present school, but put in brackets (Formerly St John's School).
    Now, seems like a good moment to remind you of the basics of getting a job in difficult times . . .
    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.
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    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    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 Are you sending the right things?
    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
    Point 4 Have
    you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you
    blunt feedback? 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 5 And finally,
    if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you
    should be thinking of getting on a train to come to the seminars on
    Sunday 26 June.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Good luck!


    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

    do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and often contribute to the
    Job Application Seminar Workshops. We look at application letters,
    executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people
    really appreciate.

    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    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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