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Job application help

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by katebennett28, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. katebennett28

    katebennett28 New commenter


    I was wondering if anyone had any advance or experience in completing a job application like this? It looks like an executive summary however, there is no person specification sheet so I’m confused as to what I am supposed to write down the left hand side and into how much detail I should go...

    Thanks for any help in advance!

  2. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Ask for a PS
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Yes, looks as though they haven't provided a person specification, nor job description so do ask for one! If it's not forthcoming, you could if its a classroom teacher post use the Teachers Standards. I've filled in a blank one for you in Resources.

    Now I'm going to give you my standard advice on applications.

    Now for the general application advice. I'll start with some questions. They are really rhetorical, you know the answers, I don't need to be told them, you need to answer them to yourself and then act on them.

    Q1 How good is your application?

    Is it fulfilling its main aim: to show the school that you should be shortlisted and interviewed as the preferred candidate already, going into the interview with this big advantage?

    Q2 So how can you improve it?

    Q3 How good is your interview, is it fulfilling their expectation of you as the preferred candidate, allowing you to demonstrate why they need you, and making you the obvious choice?

    Q4 See Q2

    So, your applications may not be doing you justice, not showcasing effectively your strengths and skills, and what you have to offer a school. And then the interview (oh how we all hate interviews!) may not be helping you clinch that job either.

    Because above all, you need to show how what you have to offer fits EXACTLY with what the specific school is looking for, in your application and then in the interview. Each school is different, you can't have a One-Size-Fits-All application, you know.

    The easiest way to do this, of course, is to do a nice neat Executive Summary.

    Go to TES Resources, where I've put up a free template for an E.S. for you to download, to save you having to faff around with the formatting. There are some notes there for how to use it, but here it is even more briefly.

    In the LH column you put what the school is looking for, taken from their person specification. You'll have to prioritise, select the main things, condense it a little, of course.

    Then in the RH you put in neat note form exactly how you meet their requirements. Simple as that!

    So that would be your starting point for an effective application.

    You would use this E.S. also as the starting point for your Mind Map for interview preparation, of course.

    For further support if you feel that you need it, I suggest that you have a look on Amazon for a book to download straight away to the free Kindle app on your phone, tablet or laptop, that will give you more tips and help with application writing, the support to just push that application into the Must-Have category.

    Search on Amazon for books called "Applying for a teaching job" or similar, there will be quite a few books to consider. Choose one that is not American (you're not applying for a job in Los Angeles!), and have a look at the reviews to select one that seems to be helpful. Ditto for Interview for a teaching job.

    I bet also that like any well-brought-up Britisher, you are slightly uncomfortable about blowing your own trumpet. :) But in a subtle way, that's what you need to do! You need to define what are your USPs - your unique selling points, what's so special about you that you can "sell" to the school. And how and when to use them, especially in the interview, is quite important.

    Because it is a selling job, you know, both in the application and the interview. But I'm sure that you'll find a book that will help you with all that, E.S., USP and all the rest!

    I am not as pessimistic some posters about there being no jobs advertised until the Spring. I think that, sadly, some teachers may find the new conditions in schools just too much, so may be resigning bt 31 October.

    So make sure that you've got TES Alerts set up for jobs, and look regularly at your LA jobs page.

    Very best of luck to you

    Twitter @Theo_Griff
  4. lsagloworm

    lsagloworm New commenter

    Most of the jobs I have been applying for use the local authority standard form which does make it easier. The problem that I have is how to distinguish between completing the section on 'main duties and responsibilities' and 'Your Personal Statement and Suitability for the job'.
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The main duties and responsibilities is where you insert an E.S. responding to their points in tabular form.

    The personal statement and suitability is just that, a personal statement.

    Best wishes

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