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Dear Theo, who do I tell?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by EngTweet, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Hi,
    I was lucky enough to secure a position at the end of my PGCE year (secondary); however, it looks unlikely that they will renew the contract due to falling rolls.
    I have spotted a job that I would like to apply for and just wondered what the correct procedure was with respect to telling my current school? Obviously they will be my first reference and I need to tell someone, I'm just not sure who this should be!
    Thanks,
    EngTweet.
     
  2. Hi,
    I was lucky enough to secure a position at the end of my PGCE year (secondary); however, it looks unlikely that they will renew the contract due to falling rolls.
    I have spotted a job that I would like to apply for and just wondered what the correct procedure was with respect to telling my current school? Obviously they will be my first reference and I need to tell someone, I'm just not sure who this should be!
    Thanks,
    EngTweet.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Just bumping this up as I've noticed Theo's started replying to some posts.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    First port of call, officially, must be your Head
    But especially in a large secondary, you might not get to see her/him for a few days. So tell your line manager (HoD), saying that you're just telling him/her unofficially as not yet told the Head. S/he will appreciate this.
    Ask both of them to keep it confidential (and don't you go telling other people). this is much more professional - you don't want pupils to become unsettled at rumours of you leaving start floating around.
    In a Primary, tell your KS co-ordinator.
    Now the next thing to do is to start job seeking the best possible way.
    So, to ensure your best possible chance, here is the outline:
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum.
    For an effective application, 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 automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    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. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots 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 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. 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 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 21 January. There is another one in February, just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then. It's Saturady 25th February, and I shall be doing that one.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it (just calculate the difference between JSA and a NQT salary . . .), it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    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 Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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