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Dear Theo.... What more can I do?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by kaylioshea, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo,
    Just need a rant really. I qualified in 2009 and managed to get a job for one term (not ideal but foot on the ladder) in my specialist field at an FE college. When my contract was up I managed to get a maternity post in another department of the same college - not in my preferred subject area but still employed. This can to an end in summer 2010 but another maternity post came up in the same department and this is due to run out in July. I have been offered again a maternity post in this department but I’m so aware that I am moving further and further from my subject specialism.
    I have applied to 22 jobs in my specialist field and have not even secured an interview. I have followed all your thread advice - giving an E.S, tailoring letter to suit each individual school, read and re-read my application form, and I have just discovered today I have yet again not been shortlisted. I’m just now waiting for feedback.
    I’m really getting down about this and don’t know what else to do. All I want is some security and an opportunity to properly prove myself and move up the career ladder.
    I adore teaching and have had nothing but praise, but why won’t somebody give me a proper chance?
    Sorry to go on, and I know I’m in a better position than most, by at least being employed, but I just don’t know what else I can do.
    Any help or advice for yourself or other would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

     
  2. Hi Theo,
    Just need a rant really. I qualified in 2009 and managed to get a job for one term (not ideal but foot on the ladder) in my specialist field at an FE college. When my contract was up I managed to get a maternity post in another department of the same college - not in my preferred subject area but still employed. This can to an end in summer 2010 but another maternity post came up in the same department and this is due to run out in July. I have been offered again a maternity post in this department but I’m so aware that I am moving further and further from my subject specialism.
    I have applied to 22 jobs in my specialist field and have not even secured an interview. I have followed all your thread advice - giving an E.S, tailoring letter to suit each individual school, read and re-read my application form, and I have just discovered today I have yet again not been shortlisted. I’m just now waiting for feedback.
    I’m really getting down about this and don’t know what else to do. All I want is some security and an opportunity to properly prove myself and move up the career ladder.
    I adore teaching and have had nothing but praise, but why won’t somebody give me a proper chance?
    Sorry to go on, and I know I’m in a better position than most, by at least being employed, but I just don’t know what else I can do.
    Any help or advice for yourself or other would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Rant away . . .
    My daughter-in-law is employed in a FE College, and I myself was a VP of a FE College some while ago.
    I know that things are very hard in the sector. Yes, you are lucky to have a job - some colleges are making hundreds, HUNDREDS, of staff redundant.
    Basically, however good you are, and however well you set out your strengths in an application, if the jobs aren't there, then there will be many, many applicants and your application could get overlooked.
    Here is my general advice at this time of year - some of it will not be relevant to you, but it gives the general points.
    Dear Theo- Applications and Interviews- Feel like I've hit a brick wall
    The remaining advice is now about shelling out hard cash . . .
    Next Sunday Julia is running a day of seminars - in the morning it's the Job Application seminar, in the afternoon small group Interview coaching.
    The TES Careers Service will look over an application and give general advice.
    You can book a meeting (45-60 mins) with someone on the team - me not until October, but others are available before then).
    You can book a half day ditto.
    All cost money, though . . .


    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com
    The services are appreciated
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    The team includes some super knowledgeable and supportive people from the TES Prime team, who specialise in appointment consukltancy.
    Best wishes whatever you decide to do.


    ___________________________________________________

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.




    I
    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!
     
  4. Take the post! It may not be your specialism but it is cold hard cash!
     

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