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Dear Theo- writing prospective letters to schools

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well . . .
    In many schoolsone of the main jobs of the secretary is to sift out all those letters and make sure that the Head doesn't get to see them . . .
    And if they do have a job, to be quite honest, they aren't going to say "We won't bother to advertise, let's just give the job to that lady who wrote to us in March" nor will they say "Ooh- there was that lady who wrote to us in March - let's go to all the trouble of finding her letter and getting in touch with her and asking her to put in an application in case she hasn't bothered to look in the TES".
    See what I mean?
    Nowadays the only way a letter like this might get a (temp) job would be if you were available immediately, like tomorrow, for emergency cover if someone was suddenly injured or very ill and they had no-one on their books.
    So spend your effort on doing a Job Alert and reading all the advice in the various threads and clickables.
    Start here:
    <h3>Application form help needed!! </h3>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.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.
  2. toffee20

    toffee20 New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    Is this also the case with independent schools?

    Thank you!
  3. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    Yes, it's the same in Independent schools.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Yes, they are different, but they are not daft!

    The advice I gave above some time ago about reading clickables no longer holds, as we have a much-expanded Blog set. So start reading - and Red-Hearting - the Blogs. For job hunting, it's a good idea to get the TES App and set up JobAlerts - so useful both of them.

    Get the TES Jobs App [​IMG]

    How to set up a Job Alert

    I suggest that you also read all my advice on writing applications: read them in this order.

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S.

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    I have a Police caution from 10 years ago. Can I still apply for jobs?

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultations.

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