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Job Application Help Needed

Discussion in 'Personal' started by paulie86, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    Unless the advert specifies, it is fine to type. Occasionally I have seen adverts asking for handwritten applications (although these tend to be in the independent sector.)
  2. Thank you, I appreciate your quick reply :)

    Now I just have to do it......
  3. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    You're welcome :) Yeah that's the hard part! Good luck with it!
  4. Think I may be here all night....
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Go over to the JobSeekers Forum. Open the Welcome thread at the top, and then inside open the two Shortlisting clickables.
    Tips and help there for presenting yourself well.
    And read this to get an overview:
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    As a summary of the steps to take in getting a job:
    Point 1 Are you getting notification of all possible jobs? Do several JobAlerts here on the TES Forum, for all your subjects, and then repeat them all for the independent schools. * * * * How to set up a Job Alert * * * * is at the top of the page on the JobSeekers Forum
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread on the JobSeekers Forum?
    Lots of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Point 3 Have you tried doing an interview practice with someone who will give you blunt feedback? You'll need to get ready for when you do get an interview. You might, for example, being doing something quite simple, like screwing up your face in a glare when you are conisdering an answer, which can be very off-putting. And which a school is unlikely to tell you about.
    Point 4 And then, if all has failed because you are already doing all this, then you should be thinking of getting on a train or a coach to come to the application seminars: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is quite soon: Saturday 21 January.
    There is another one in February, just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then. It's Saturday 25th February, and I shall be doing that one.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Point 6 Finally, you might like to open your piggy bank and come for a One-to-One session with me or someone else from the team. Again, people have found this helpful:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it (just calculate the difference between JSA and a NQT salary . . .), it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.

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