Assuming that you want blunt . . . You, or anyone else from Foreign Parts, might be at a disadvantage if you have an accent that makes communication less effective. So from Louisiana, Leeds, Loch Ness or Llanberis, if the London kids can't easily understand you (never mind that you cannae understand them!), it'll be harder. This is just common sense, and most people are aware of this and have tempered their accent before going into a classroom. Mind you, on Sunday at the Weekend Job Application Workshop, someone asked me about my Welshness . . . What schools want, apart from effective communicators, is outstanding teachers. If you can show this in your application, then Full Steam Ahead. Make sure that you read the Welcome Thread clickables about shortlisting. Best of luck! ____________________________________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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. The next Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. www.tesweekendworkshop15.eventbrite.com I am also contributing to the specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.www.tesweekendworkshop12.eventbrite.com *STOP PRESS * There will also be a Northern Workshop in Manchester on Saturday March 5th. www.tesweekendworkshop14.eventbrite.com E-mail Julia on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details of how to book a meeting with me personally. Look forward to seeing you!