Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.
Don't forget to look at the how to guide.
Discussion in 'Secondary' started by keava, Mar 6, 2008.
<bangs head on table>
That table is pretty bashed in by now.
Okay sometimes it's useful to get a little help. I find it dreadfully difficult to sell myself and in the past have been assisted by head of dept / assistant head / head with various applications. They have looked at my application and from their knowledge of me and my experiences have said - well you haven't included this, or it would read better if you phrased this like this.
It is really worrying if there is not a head of year or other member of SLT in your school who you feel you can approach and say - I'm applying for this HoY position, I've drafted a letter of application but would really like someone with greater knowledge of the role to look it over for me.
The key difference between this and some random stranger on the internet is that
a) you know that they really are who they say they are and you know which job they do and how well
b) they know you - your strengths and weaknesses, experiences, they can identify where you are underselling yourself and help you to correct it.
Yes - the advice 576 gives is pertinent and appropriate. It's fine to ask someone who knows you and your work to look at your application and offer constructive criticism.
It is NOT fine, as several people have said over the years that this thread has existed, to ask for a copy of another person's application. You can protest that you won't plagiarise it, you "just want to now if I'm on the right lines, etc" as much as you like, but none of you who have asked for a copy of a complete stranger's application are telling the truth.
The truth, colleagues, is that most schools deploy software to identify plagiarism these days and if you do it, your application will go in the bin. This applies to any daft softies who share their own applications, who might just find their own applications binned because they shared.
If you really don't know enough about the job to start your application, then you are not ready for it. Job application letters are very simple:
1. What do you think are the priorities for the job; what would you do if appointed?
2. Why do you want the job and what skills/experience do you have that make you right for the job?
Over-simplified, perhaps, but that is roughly what I would do for any job.
There is no point in copying somebody else's stuff; it would not be right for you and would probably come out at interview.
The thing that the "me too" posters ignore is that it would be highly unfair if they got a job based on somebody else's letter. When I am applying, I spend hours drafting and redrafting my application. Why should somebody either too lazy or too ignorant to write their own get the job ahead of those who do their own work?
The date that the original post mentioning the letter was written.
5 years ago.
And people are still asking for a copy of it.
It is still probably better than the people who ask for it could write!