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Dear Theo

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by kewlkanga, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. I am in the process of applying for another teaching post. Unlike the normal request for a supporting letter etc I have the following:

    To apply - please write a letter of application of no more than 1,000 words outlining your views on the qualities required of an outstanding Mathematics Teacher at Hurworth School. Additionally please complete the enclosed application form and return it to me.

    I'm not sure how to tackle this, my normal sort of letter "discusses" my experience etc and how I may meet the the person Specification.

    Regards
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    am unable to reply tonight due to technical problems.
    :-(
    . My apologies. Normal service will be resumed asap.
    I hope!
    :)
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    My apologies for the tardy reply - although I am only supposed to reply 2 or 3 times a week, so actually it's not so very tardy.
    :)
    Yes, that is the sort of application that used to be done in the past. We have moved on since then, to be honest.
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in those shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also, you should read the FAQs.
    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. It looks as though the forms have room for the executive summary, so put it there and then do a separate application letter.
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary.
    So what you need to do is:
    a) the executive summary against their person specification. If they didn't provide one, then you get one from a similar post, and head the LH column An effective teacher of mathematics and then the RH one My skills and experience
    b) a letter which sets out your views on the qualities required of an outstanding Mathematics Teacher at Hurworth School. This is obviously a lot less easy that just banging out the same ols, same old "personal statement letter" as you have in the past, but you just have to sit down and think exactly what are the requirements, and then show how you meet them. Having done the executive summary first, this should help you.
    We look forward to you starting your new thread Dear Theo, I got that job!
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The next seminar Win That Teaching Job is Saturday 24th March. www.tesweekendworkshop95.eventbrite.com
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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