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Dear Theo - where can I put the ES?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Andy92, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I've been very close on a couple of occasions but now have several opportunities in my area, to apply for - it's good to see. Whilst I know that things are a little more advantageous for a PGCE student since the 31st May deadline, there will still be much competition and I must send the application exactly as requested.
    For some of them, they have a form with no personal statement space, and then ask for a letter of application of 2 sides A4 max.
    Where could I put the Exec Summary here - is it wise to do one page of writing and then the ES on the second page? Or would they not mind if you added it as a third page, a very valuable optional extra!
    (On other forms they have a personal statement space, or even one has an open-ended box saying "please attach a letter of application" - I guess you write it there! Both will allow the ES.)
    Thanks for your help.

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Read all the clickables inside the Welcome thread to be sure that you are producing the best possible application.
    Always do a two=page letter. If there's no space on the form, you can send the E.S. as an extra attachment, that they can bin if they wish. No sensible school would dismiss a whole application just because it had an additional document - after all, if they say "2 page letter" and that's what you've given them, what's the problem? If they aren't specifying just 2 p[ages, then put it at the end of the letter, as a 3rd page, so that it gets printed out automatically.
    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 to clarify this if you're unsure
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there.
    Best of luck!
    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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