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Feeling disheartened... Can anyone look over my application for me please?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Sapphire611, Apr 29, 2020.

  1. Sapphire611

    Sapphire611 New commenter

    I have been searching for a primary job since 2017 and tired of getting rejection letters. I completed my pgce in 2017 and have done supply teaching for 2 and a half years while applying for jobs. I had maybe 3 interviews in those years all unsuccessful.
    I moved area as where I lived was fairly competitive. However, I have recently applied to 3 jobs and didn't receive an interview from any of them.
    I have read both of theo griffs books and am now attempting to write another application based on her tips.
    Would anyone experienced be kind enough to read my application when I have finished it please?
    Feel like this year may be my last chance and I am passionate about teaching. It's all I have ever wanted to do .
  2. Owleyes00

    Owleyes00 New commenter

    Happy to look over your application if you like. I’ve never not got a teaching job I applied for ‍♀️
  3. ajc89

    ajc89 New commenter

    Don’t give up! I had 15 interviews and over 40 applications before I got a job!! And that job was in a school I did loads of supply in. Trust me, I know it’s disheartening, but don’t give up. It will happen
    e_stevenson82 and Sapphire611 like this.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Don't despair, I have appointed NQTs in August, excellent teachers too. There is plenty of time yet, and teachers will be retiring or getting a new post by 31 May, leaving vacancies to be filled from June onwards. You are in fact just coming up to peak job hunting period.

    Just make sure that you produce a good application. Which does NOT mean copying someone else's application letter or statement; Local Authorities and Academy Trusts may use the same software as UCAS does, to identify possible plagiarism in applications. Look at some of my answers to other queries on Jobseekers, and perhaps consider THIS.

    I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that you produce an application that (a) addresses what that individual school needs and holds dear, and (b) reflects and indeed showcases your own personal talents, skills and strengths. Start with an executive summary - I have posted a template in the TES Resources to save you faffing around with the formatting. Then work on from there, as set out in the link above.

    So no panicking, no despair, work on identifying who you are and what you can offer, and you'll make it.

    Keep safe and chin up!
    rhythmandpulse likes this.
  5. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Happy to look and comment. PM me your email
  6. Sapphire611

    Sapphire611 New commenter

    Thank you Theo. I have gone through your book and followed your instructions to a t so hopefully I will get an interview soon!
    Just find it annoying because I got some feedback from one of the schools who said my application was actually really high quality but they were concerned with my lack of experience having passed qts in 2017. I have now made it clear in my application that while I haven't passed my nqt year yet, I have gained experience and remarked on my skills learned in that time through supply and working in a nursery.
    TheoGriff likes this.
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    That's the way to go!

    Where there is anything in your career that might cause them to think twice, address it, briefly (don't go overboard!), in your application, show how it is now not a problem, and that's that.

    Keep safe everybody
  8. aliyahhussain97

    aliyahhussain97 New commenter

    Hi, would you like to send me your supporting statement? I’m an NQT and got my job with my first teaching interview. Would be delighted to help.
  9. Robfreeman

    Robfreeman Occasional commenter

    Whats your specialism?

    Also id happily look over.
  10. grantgust

    grantgust New commenter

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