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Employment History

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Araxi Djian, May 24, 2011.

  1. Hi All,

    My heartfelt sympathies to all who are going through this tough old business of spending hours on applications and then not getting interviews. Same here...

    I have a question about 'Employment History'. I am 51, a drama teacher, and have been an actor on an off since 1983 when I left University. This means, during my acting years, lots of short term theatre contracts of 1 to 3 months interspersed with various office or teaching jobs. Also, some substantial periods of teaching and office work.This amounts to an Employment History of 4 sides! And that's 4 sides despite summarising 83 to 90 (the years between Uni and PGCE) by saying 'during this time I was a free lance actor and when not acting I worked as a waitress, cleaner. office temp, workshop leader...' etc.

    Are they looking at these 4 sides and thinking 'this is too much.' ? Should I also summarise the other very bitty acting years? Or are they already looking at the summarised seven years between Degree and PGCE and thinking 'this is not detailed enough'. ?

    Any thoughts and advice hugely appreciated...

    All best,

  2. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    I'd probably mention school related experience but summarise the rest x
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    They are much more interested in details of teaching experience, although for you post with drama experience in theatre etc is useful but doesn't necessarily impact on pupil learning, therefore just summarize (-in my opinion!)
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Right, now the problem is that this list of experience has two separate aims.
    Firstly to show your potential and actual ability to be an outstanding teacher. Secondly to prove that you were not actually in prison for any period.
    The latter reason, incidentally, is why schools are advised not to ask for CVs - beacuse the Govt reckons it is easier to hide the odd six-month jail sentence in that, rather than in the standard format in an application form.
    Daft isn't it?
    I suggest that you do a very summarised version, very summarised, highlighting those periods of employment which support your application. At the end say something like: Due to the nature of the acting profession, my work history is very complex. The above is a summary, and a more detailed version with all dates is also attached as a separate document, should you wish to see it.
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