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!How to use the Jobseekers & Careers blogs - updated Summer 2015

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by TheoGriff, May 9, 2015.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    <h2>How to use the Jobseekers & Careers Blogs &ndash; Summer 2015</h2>
    The blogs have been reviewed, revised, re-written where appropriate and some new ones added.

    Here, with direct links, are the Jobseekers Blog categories I have set up. On screen they probably will not be in this order.

    1. Looking for a job in a school

    2. Applying for a job in a school

    3. Preparing for Interview

    4. How to accept a job

    5. Starting a new job

    6. Your working life in school

    7. Moving on in your career

    8. Working in the Independent Sector

    Each of the Blog categories has a series of articles on topics that come under that heading. Where there are more than four or five articles, you will need to scroll down to see them. They may not be in the same order on your screen.

    1. Looking for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order

    Get ready for the application season! * * * Must Read * * *

    Why you shouldn't look at non-specialist sites for job application advice :)

    Writing speculative letters and sending CVs to schools, just in case . . .

    <h4>Jobseeking for the older candidate ***NEW ***</h4>
    Get the TES Jobs App

    How to set up a Job Alert

    Are Academies right for me?

    Being on supply for ever!

    No job for induction . . .

    I got QTS ages ago, but have never done my induction year. Can I still apply for jobs as a NQT?

    The jobs have all dried up! Will there be more jobs for next term?

    Why don't schools write back when you apply, or ring after an interview?

    2. Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order.

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    <h4>Why you should always include an E.S. in an application***NEW ***</h4>
    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written... ***NEW ***

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order.

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    <h4>Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? ***NEW ***</h4>
    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    <h4>Interviews &ndash; making a positive first impression ***NEW ***</h4>
    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    4. How to accept a job I suggest that you read these in this order.

    When can I resign?

    Easter resignations - different term dates old school new school

    Got a job offer? What to do next!

    Etiquette for resigning

    How to resign - get that resignation letter right!

    A verbal offer is withdrawn by the school

    5. Starting a new job I suggest that you read these in this order.

    Join a Union. Yes, now!

    Get yourself organised

    When should you get your contract?

    What do I do with my payslip?

    I&rsquo;ve booked a holiday for the start of term. Help!

    New School blues

    Can I take my materials to a new school?

    Starting as an NQT - exciting but just a bit scary

    Doing NQT induction in an independent school

    6. Your working life in school

    Your entitlement to Continuous Professional Development

    Applying to go part-time - for (almost) any employee from 30 June 2014 - REVISED

    Can I go to my sister's wedding?

    Got the Ofsted Jeebies!

    I have just been convicted of a minor offence. Do I need to tell the school?

    Head of Department's tasks on Results Day

    What to throw out at the end of the year

    7. Moving on in your career

    No more Pay Portability, no more pay scale, no more automatic moving up the scale.

    Leaving dates and resignation dates

    Missing the resignation deadline

    Asking to leave earlier than your contractual leaving date

    Moving from secondary to primary

    I want to leave teaching

    Returning to the UK after teaching abroad

    Becoming a Teacher Educator in a University

    Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements)

    Should I become a TA?

    How can a US teacher get a job in a British Public School?

    We're a couple, we want to work in the same school - how do we manage this?

    Should I, could I, move to an independent school?

    New to middle or senior leadership? Beware the social pitfalls!

    Teachers from abroad looking for jobs in England

    Working in a British School in Europe

    8. Working in the Independent Sector

    Independent Sector FAQs

    Teachers talk about what it's like working in one Indy School

    Moving from state to independent

    There are, in addition, Independent Blogs in the Independent Schools Forum

    Independent Blogs

    Working in the independent sector FAQ

    An overview of the Independent sector

    Doing NQT induction in an independent school

    How much will I earn in the independent sector?

    Moving from state to independent

    Teachers talk about what it's like working in one Indy School

    The Harrow School 2013 Youtube/Sky videos: what&rsquo;s it like to be in this sort of school?

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 1. A Hero for our times: Martin Smith, Housemaster.

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 2

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 3

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 4

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 5

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 6

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 7

    Harrow School 2013 - episode 8. Get your hankies out.

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.

    <h3>Come over to JobSeekers if you have a query!</h3>


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