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Lost ability to compose anything

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Ozzie777, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Ozzie777

    Ozzie777 New commenter

    I hate filling in application forms and if I had to start from scratch each time I wouldn't have applied for as many jobs as I have. My coping strategy is as follows:

    I cut and paste everything into the application form from a previous application form (unless it is from the same County Council - in which case I just change headings). I have three versions of my personal statement (one for each discipline) and I use the name of the school in the last paragraph only. I take the personal statement from the last "successful" application (one for which I was offered an interview). I review it and make minor tweaks if necessary. If there is a major requirement that has not been on a previous job spec or person spec, I will try to address it, otherwise my statement covers most of what is required. With this approach I can get an application out the door within an hour at most and I don't need to rationalise or think about the application too much. (I know if I did, I would prevaricate and take days to get the application out and it probably wouldn't be any better than I do). Another advantage of this approach is that my personal statement has been proof read and commented on by a variety of people (mentors, experienced teachers, TES advisors, HTs) and therefore it is correct grammatically and spelling wise. I realise that this goes against what some say, but my hit rate is one interview for every 3.5 applications at the moment. Why re-invent the wheel? Now if I could just crack getting the interview right ...... :)

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