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I have heard about a couple of local schools having staff going on mat leave soon, is it worth sending speculative letters?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, May 28, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Normally I would say don't bother with speculative applications, but here is an exception.
    Is this in a LEA who has a teaching application form on their website? If so, download it.
    Is the teacher who goes there well respected and well known? In which case start your letter:
    Dear Mr Griff
    I have heard from Mrs Smith, who is a colleague in X School where I am doing my Teaching Practice, that there may be a vacancy from September for a teacher of X. I would wish to apply for this post.
    • the application form if possible
    • the letter, setting out exactly why you should be there!
    • a CV only if no application form. Make it relevant
    • an executive summary - use the TES Jobs to find a similar post and use its job/person. Change the first column to something like: An effective teacher of X:
    Best of luck!

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!

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