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how to write ES w/o a person spec

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by bouncey, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Hi I am thinking of applying for a job in a (state) school and although the application pack includes some info about the department, child protection and an application form it provides little other details. I plan to write a cover letter and attach it but how can I prepare an Executive Summary with no person specification to match it against?
    Additionally, the job is simply subject teacher (secondary - ps already have 2+years experience in this role) but I am also interested in possible TLRs. How can I address the relevant qualities in the ES when referring to a post that hasn't been advertised? Should I mention my ambitions in the cover letter or simply save questions about what's available until the interview?
     
  2. Hi I am thinking of applying for a job in a (state) school and although the application pack includes some info about the department, child protection and an application form it provides little other details. I plan to write a cover letter and attach it but how can I prepare an Executive Summary with no person specification to match it against?
    Additionally, the job is simply subject teacher (secondary - ps already have 2+years experience in this role) but I am also interested in possible TLRs. How can I address the relevant qualities in the ES when referring to a post that hasn't been advertised? Should I mention my ambitions in the cover letter or simply save questions about what's available until the interview?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You can find a similar post in the TES Jobs, and use that person/job spec as an Exec Summary basis - just re-name the LH column something like: Responsibilities and tasks or Qualifications and Experience.
    As for the TLR . . . I would have thought that if there was one available, it would have been advertised, to attract more applicants. I would be a bit taken aback, as a Head, to receive an application aimed at a TLR that wasn't offered. There is nothing to stop you talking in the application letter about your career path, including hopes to get a TLR shortly, but I shouldn't make it seem that you think that one will be conjured out of the air, because it won't. There are specific TLRs in a school linked to specific roles, all agreed by the Gov Body.
    That's why I think that if there were one available, it would have been mentioned.
    Best of luck.
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  4. As for the TLR . . . I would have thought that if there was one available, it would have been advertised, to attract more applicants. I would be a bit taken aback, as a Head, to receive an application aimed at a TLR that wasn't offered. There is nothing to stop you talking in the application letter about your career path, including hopes to get a TLR shortly, but I shouldn't make it seem that you think that one will be conjured out of the air, because it won't. There are specific TLRs in a school linked to specific roles, all agreed by the Gov Body.

    I anticipated this response and normally I would agree with your reasoning. However this is a newish school with a growing intake and they made no mention of the structure of the department in the application pack. I suspect they are/will be looking to appoint soon and this is one of the reasons I am attracted to this job - suitable TLR posts in my area seem thin on the ground. I will take your advice about mentioning hopes in the letter. If selected for interview will of course keep my expectations low and simply hope to make a positive impression and only raise this topic if appropriate.
     
  5. sorry not clear in last post - not sure how to sure the quote function.
     

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