You must be wondering if it really is possible to get a job in teaching. Well, it is getting harder and harder. There are large numbers of unemployed teachers out there. Almost half of the 2011 NQTs are still not in induction, over a quarter of the 2010 cohort in the same boat, and they are being joined by teachers currently being made redundant as schools face budget crises and falling rolls in Secondary. And teachers from Scotland and Ireland are also trying to get jobs in England and Wales as the crisis hits their areas too. There is a large drop in the number of jobs advertised this year. The first big job rush comes every year in the last 2 weeks of March. The TES is so heavy you can hardly pick it up. Did you see that this year? No, because it didn't happen. Up to a third fewer jobs available overall so far this year. The next big job rush is normally in May, but it depends on the people applying for the March jobs and handing in their notice. Which didn´t happen. So we shall have fewer than normal again in May. Recently a Primary school advertised 2 jobs. They received 500 applications. Five hundred. Many of them asking to be considered for both positions. <u>Fewer jobs, more applicants - you need to be really on the ball to succeed</u>. Get expert advice to help you. This is where TES careers comes in. <u>Stage 1: FREE advice</u> Go to the JobSeekers Forum and read the Welcome Thread. Browse the Forum, read what others say. Get expert advice from me, TheoGriff - I post several times a week to give you the real advice from someone who knows what schools are looking for. Many posters have found that this advice really works. read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!! Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview The benefit of an executive summary <u>Stage 2: Pay to come to one of our Job seminars</u> Held at the TES Headquarters in London, sorry, we don't do them elsewhere (unless you get a group of 20 of you together!). We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, and do practical exercises to help you see what you need to do. Here are some recent comments from people who have attended: Frankly, the best delivered seminar I have ever attended. This has been a very useful and well organised seminar with practical tips for improving the difficult task of selling yourself. Excellent advice, very helpful for executive summaries This has been terrific and has really met my needs. This was particularly useful for writing a personal statement The pace was perfect and unlike some CPD activities, the practical sessions were enjoyable and useful. I fully enjoyed the seminar and it has taught me a great deal. Specifically I found the practical activities very useful Fantastic presenters, very useful, highly recommended. Fabulous, really helpful! I followed what I learnt on the seminar and have just landed my dream job! After attending your course I have just accepted my first teaching post. Since attending the course I've applied for two positions, and am shortlisted for both. Next one is on Saturday 28 April. www.tesweekendworkshop100.eventbrite.co.uk May be another one after the 31 May resignation deadline, ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates if you can't maske this one! This is an<u> investment for your career</u>. <u> </u> <u>Stage 2: get small-group interview training.</u> Next one is on Sunday 28 April - you could combine it with the workshop above. <u></u>For more information and to register please visit: www.tesweekendworkshop99.eventbrite.co.uk <u>Stage 3: Pay to have a personal meeting with me, or another member of the Careers Advice Team.</u> We help with career advice, with applications and executive summaries, and doing interview training. Here´s a typical comment: Really very useful. Really effective practice of interview – I had 3 [mock] interviews within the hour and really felt the improvement at the end. Strategies and content definitely a 5\5. Thank you! E-mail Julia on firstname.lastname@example.org for how to book any of the meetings with me, or another member of the team. Best wishes to you all, TheoGriff _______________________________________ TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service. For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice @ tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.