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No personal spec

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by croffy, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I am just about to apply for a maternity post in a
    Cof E secondary school, (my specialism is RE). However, there is no
    personal spec in the info pack from the school. When I emailed to
    enquire about this they said that they couldnt offer any more
    information . So I'm thinking how do I write a executive summery and
    how am I supposted to pitch my letter of application? I have also
    requested a visit to the school and have got an appointment to meet the
    head for an 'informal' visit. Could you suggest what kind of questions I
    should be asking?
    I have applied for so many jobs this year and
    only got one interview, so I have taken lots of good advice from this
    forum about how to improve my letter of application etc. But to be
    honest, I really don't know what heads are looking for anymore. I have
    come into teaching in the last three years, with many years working with
    young people and raising two teenagers of my own, I know I have
    experience and life skills which would be invaluable in any teaching
    post. But Im sure being in my 40's is against me. I love teaching and
    won't be beaten just yet! Would really appreciate your advice.

    Many thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 No problem!
    You just get the person spec for a similar job (there are MASSES on the TES Jobs) and use that.
    The only difference is that instead of having as the header Your requirements, you put: An effective teacher of History, or KS2, or whatever it is.
    Q2 Only ask questions where you need to know the answer. ASking questions to impress just annoys us, we can tell! And don't ask any questions which are trivial, nor things that you could find out on the webiste or from their papers. If you have no questions, then say that the documentation was very thorough, so you have no questions.
    Q3 Have you used this forum fully?
    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.
    P.S. Tip for next time: write Dear Theo as part of your title, as I don't always have time to open everything.

    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme click here or contact Julia on advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one session

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