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job help!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lisalouisehill, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Hi I qualified in 2011 and have since failed to secure a permanent position. I have worked as a supply teacher for the past year and have not managed to even get an interview this year. I have no idea what I am doing wrong or how to get an interview, I have now got to the point where I feel like giving up! Would someone please offer some advice or even look at one of my applications and tell me where I am going wrong! Thanks
     
  2. Hi I qualified in 2011 and have since failed to secure a permanent position. I have worked as a supply teacher for the past year and have not managed to even get an interview this year. I have no idea what I am doing wrong or how to get an interview, I have now got to the point where I feel like giving up! Would someone please offer some advice or even look at one of my applications and tell me where I am going wrong! Thanks
     
  3. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Dear Lisa
    Re post it and start it 'Dear Theo,' that way you'll get his attention. Best wishes.
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    lisalouise, you may not be doing anything wrong. It's sheer numbers- too few posts and too many applicants.
    However perhaps there is something about your application that could be tweaked. Theo does 1 to 1 advice sessions and the TES run seminars. Contact someone called Julie (Julia?) here on TES.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    You are not the only one in this situation, and many people on here have got posts after longer than you on supply!
    Before I give you the general advice on job applications, I'll ask one question: are you presenting your supply work positively or apologetically? Read this here
    Now for the advice in general - which really works! There's masses of help available on here - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Also, you should read the FAQs. Here below is a summary of the steps to take in job hunting. Hope you find this useful.
    For an effective application, you should send the following:
    • 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.
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary. They also talk about planning a personal statement/letter of application.
    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
    Point 2 Are you following the advice in the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread?
    Lots of posters have found it gets them interviews - and jobs. Headteachers say that they appreciate candidates who do what I advise.
    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, lots of people find them very useful/
    Point 5 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, and e-mail or post to say that they got the job.
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Read what Emma says here about WHY she got the job: Dear Theo I got the job!
    Best wishes
    ________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please click here or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     

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