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Does this sound suspicious?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by rachyclaire, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. I am coming to the end of my PGCE and applying for NQT jobs, and I'm a bit worried that my work history sounds a bit odd!
    I've had about 4 temp jobs (all lasting 6+ months) and some casual work since leaving uni in 2007, as well as one permanent job. Basically I worked in a seasonal industry, hence the number of temp roles.
    In 2009 I spent the school summer hols working at a holiday scheme and in the September I went to work in a permanent role. I stayed there for 10 months but carried on working at the "summer" job on a casual basis. The permanent job was office based and I didn't particularly like the people I worked with, as well as it being an hours drive from my home, so I quit to go back to the summer job full time the following June, mainly because I was fed up of being indoors all the time and I wanted to have some fun before starting my PGCE in Sept. 2010.
    On my applications I state that I worked in the Summer job from 2009-2010 and explain that I worked there full time in the summer and on a casual basis inbetween, and put the permanent employment down for the overlapping period. However when I'm asked on the forms for the reason for leaving, I put "end of temp contract" (for the temp roles) and "To return to previous role" for the permanent one. I'm a bit worried that it sounds suspicious that I quit a well paid permanent job to go back to a less well paid temp job.

    I'm just wondering if this is likely to put people off when reading my application? Sorry for it being so long winded and complicated!

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It does sound a bit complicated, rather than fishy.
    Could you put Seasonal industry instead of End of temporary contract and then have perhaps something like Lack of job satisfaction for why you left the other?
    It seems to me that these are the true reasons, if I've understood your post correctly.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
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