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Not enough candidates :(

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by deeley, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. deeley

    deeley New commenter

    Hi Theo and anyone else with advice!
    I'm an internal candidate. I think I'm going
    To be told tomorrow that as I am one of 2 applications
    they do not have enough people to shortlist
    and interview and the post will be readvertised
    in the summer.

    I'm pretty fed up about this...I obv want the job
    and could start now!

    Where do I stand? Are they bound by law
    or is this their own policy?
    Can I ask to work in an "acting" capacity?

    What if the same thing happens again in the summer?

    Advice welcomed, with thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Oh dear, how disappointing for you!
    No, there is no legal obligation to have a certain number of candidates. However, this may be the policy of the Local Authority or the Governors, as well as of the SLT.
    Or, to be frankly honest, if it is an internal post only, it may just be their excuse because the internal person that they want to give the job to hasn't applied . . .
    But if it is a post that is also advertised externally, then it is quite likely that the LA or the Goivernors have this ruling.
    You can certainly ask if, to gain professional development, you can undertake some of the tasks or responsibilities allocated to this post. For free. But they are unlikely just to "appoint" you as acting, giving you the post and salary without a selection process. It wouldn't actually be fair, when you think about it.
    If the same thing happens in the summer, then they will have to re-consider the salary and conditions offered, as well as consider making an exception to the policy. To get so few applicants shows that they have totally misjudged the market - there are thousands, thousands of unemployed teachers out there - why haven't they applied? The post is clearly unattractive.
    Best wishes
    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!
  3. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Deeley, I have just been informed that a position I applied for is being re-advertised for precisely the same reason. The head was quite emphatic that I was very much still in the running and it was not meant as a slur on my suitability. I certainly got the impression that he is genuinely trying to do the very best for his students.

    If you were buying a house and there wasn't that much on the market would you just settle for what was available at the time, or maybe wait a bit longer to have a wider choice?
  4. deeley

    deeley New commenter

    Thanks to you both. I have been reassured that I am very much in their as a strong candidate, but must wait for summer term. I don't think they worded the advert very well personally, and although it went local it wasnt on national listings. Maybe that's why. Oh well, I patiently wait...
  5. How strange, not enough applicants, in today's climate with so many unemployed teachers! Personally, if I see a house and really want it, then I'd go for it even if I haven't looked at 50 others. Or, if I fall in love I'd go for the guy, rather than first looking at several others... so I know this is common practice, but I think it is unnecessary, inefficient and not exactly fair to you (unless they don't really want you and are hoping for somebody better, but I'm sure that's not the case). Life is complicated enough, why does everybody have to make it even more so?

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