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Dear Theo - Reference query

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by talentedbeads, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. talentedbeads

    talentedbeads New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    I'm currently volunteering at a local primary, two mornings a week, but with the intention of applying for teaching jobs in the future. Unfortunately I didn't manage to secure anything for this September, and I've only been at this school since mid-October. I don't want a permanent role here (jobs don't come up that often anyway) but I would like to use them for a reference. My questions are:
    1. Would I have to ask the Head to be a referee, even though he's only seen me around the school a couple of times? I applied to volunteer through the school's business manager, and didn't enquire about a future reference at the time (thought it might seem cheeky!)
    2. How long should I be volunteering before asking them for a reference? Does it matter if the teacher whose class I'm with isn't in a leadership role?

    I would appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there and thanks for nice numbered questions!

    Q1 Yes, ask. He will probably ask somebody else to draft it for him.

    Q2 At least a month or two, I would think.

    Q3 No it doesn't matter.

    Have you seen all the applications advice, by the way? Ask me - with a tag like this in the body of your post @TheoGriff - if you haven't.

    Best wishes

  3. talentedbeads

    talentedbeads New commenter

    Thank you and I will be perusing the applications advice in due course!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    (The missing thumbs-up emoticon)


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