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Job applications, yet again

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by NNS, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. NNS

    NNS New commenter

    Anther job app question :)
    I have no previous experience of teaching in schools except for my
    placement.Do I then leave blank pretty much two pages when we are
    required to write details about our employment, or do I put my placement
    school as my 'present appointment'?
    Also, the school
    only asks for an application to be sent by e-mail. There is a separate
    space for a personal statement. Do I need to write the Head Teacher's
    name in the statement on the top of it ans make the PS look as it it was
    an actual letter (address the letter to the Head teacher, write Dear
    Mr...", or can I just write my statement without all those details?Is it only appropriate to have a short message in the email of the body of the email addressed to the Head Teacher and the application as attachement? How is it different from sending application by post- is it also OK to just send theapplication form by itself, or does it need somethingelse (provided that thepersonal statement is already in the application).

    Sorry for all the questions, but I'd rather ask rather than send a bunch of applications that might end up getting binned because of a silly mistake.

     
  2. NNS

    NNS New commenter

    Anther job app question :)
    I have no previous experience of teaching in schools except for my
    placement.Do I then leave blank pretty much two pages when we are
    required to write details about our employment, or do I put my placement
    school as my 'present appointment'?
    Also, the school
    only asks for an application to be sent by e-mail. There is a separate
    space for a personal statement. Do I need to write the Head Teacher's
    name in the statement on the top of it ans make the PS look as it it was
    an actual letter (address the letter to the Head teacher, write Dear
    Mr...", or can I just write my statement without all those details?Is it only appropriate to have a short message in the email of the body of the email addressed to the Head Teacher and the application as attachement? How is it different from sending application by post- is it also OK to just send theapplication form by itself, or does it need somethingelse (provided that thepersonal statement is already in the application).

    Sorry for all the questions, but I'd rather ask rather than send a bunch of applications that might end up getting binned because of a silly mistake.

     
  3. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    If you are still at your placement I would put it under present employment. Otherwise under previous posts.
    Just put your supporting statement in the box (no Dear...) HOWEVER some jobs require a covering letter & Supporting statement so don't make the mistake that I did yesterday and do one and not the other! (such a dizzy moo)
    Best of luck x
     
  4. NNS

    NNS New commenter


    Thanks!
    Are they not a little bit the same thing?The ad does not mention anything aside from application though, so I guess Ill just email that one only...

     
  5. I've been wondering about the letter/supporting statement too. I'm glad you've asked!!
    My current application doesn't ask for a cover letter, but they want me to post it so I figure I'm going to have to include some front page "dear headteacher, I am applying for X job, seen advertised X.... from me" sort of thing even if it is only to be read by the receptionist when looking to see what it is I'm sending. Therefore, I've put the supporting statement literally as my statement and then I'll add the more letter like function into a wee bit that will be my cover letter as I don't really have room to add all of the formalities, thanks and my name into 2 sides of A4!

     
  6. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Usually NQTs leave the current position blank as you are not employed. Teaching practices can be put into previous teaching experience. If they ask for a supporting statement then that is in statement format rather than letter. The letter can simply state you are applying for the post and you can re-emphasise your interest and any times you are unavailable for interview.
     
  7. I have just got my NQT job for September at a Catholic comp. I had to fill out the standard Catholic Education Service form, which has space for Teaching experience and other experience. Even tho I only had my first placement and the work ex I had before starting the PGCE I put them all in the teaching experience bit.They asked for a supporting statement, but I didn't bother, I put all that persuasive stuff in my cover letter and then pasted that at the top of the document. Some people seem to be obsessed about following the application 'rules' to the letter - my logic was that I wanted to grab their eye from the get go when they opened the application form. anyway, it worked for me!
     
  8. You may just have been lucky. Many schools just bin applications that don't conform to the requirements, style, format etc laid down.
     
  9. NNS

    NNS New commenter



    Another question about th format to the experiences users here!
    If the letter/supporting statement is not a part of the application itself, but attached as another document, should I still pur Dear Ms.... and the address of the school on the top of it?
    And finish it with (well, actually, with what- Yours sincerelly, Yours faithfully, Kindest Regards, which one is the most commonly used?).
     
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Folks, folks!
    The place to put your questions about Getting Jobs is the JobSeekers Forum here on the TES.
    I am a Consultant, helping schools to appoint staff, so I can give you the answers from the horse's mouth!
    A few tips:
    1) Open the Welcome thread on JobSeekers - you'll find in there some clickables about Shortlisting, as well as FAQs on JobSeeking, and Interview tips.
    2) Browse the Forum and do a search - someone may already have asked your question, so you'll get the answer straight away instead of having to wait for me to answer.
    3) If you want me to open your thread and answer, then start your thread Dear Theoi, and say briefly what it's about. Dear Theo - references query
    4) When you get a job, start a new thread called: Dear Theo - I've got that job!
    Good luck!
    ___________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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