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Dear Theo: Speculative Letters

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Clarys, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I'm writing because I'm wondering if sending speculative letters is still frowned upon. I've heard from a friend's daughter that her teacher is going to be going on Maternity Leave in the summer.
    I've kept an eagle eye on TES, my LEA website, local papers, the school website, everywhere basically, and the position for the ML hasn't been advertised. I'm wondering if it's worth emailing my CV with a covering letter to the HT advising of my availability. At the very least surely it shows I have initiative, and am willing to take a risk.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    General speculative letters are not so much frowned on as not much use. Often the secretary will weed them out, so they never get to the Head. If they do, they are often discarded.
    But where you know that there is a specific post coming up, it could be a good idea. The school will still expect you to apply formally, I expect: filling in the form, etc. , although they may not, so make the "application" your best shot.
    But it will be a way of getting your name known, so why not give it a go?
    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 Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    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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