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NQT that cannot find work

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by jameslsmith2k, May 16, 2011.

  1. I am an NQT specialising in PE and have been working as a PE / Supply Teacher in the same school since October 2010.
    I have applied for 10 schools and no interview to any jobs and I am really concerned that I am not going to be able to complete my NQT next year either, I know it will be busier after half-term, but nevertheless it still concerns me that at the moment my teaching career is on hold.
    Has anyone else been in the same situation, or does anyone have any guidance about what I could do to improve my chances? Personal statement has been checked by numerous senior members of staff to no avail.
    Thanks, James Smith.
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I'm in the same boat. Its just the way it seems to be ATM. For my first post (2009) I had an interview for every job I applied for (bar one) and this year only 1 interview out of 12 applications. I'm thinking of changing my approach on my covering letter in the hope that it will stand out more. Best of luck x
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Any post of a term or longer should count towards induction so if you have been there full time since October you need to discuss this with the school urgently.
    Your supply limit for non induction work is initially 16 months which can be extended for a further 12 but it is obviously better for you to complete some time towards induction this then makes you a more viable prospect as you will have less time left to complete.
    The busy recruitment period will be over next 4 weeks as the resignation date passes in May
  4. Only applied to 10 schools? Be prepared to apply everywhere and move.
  5. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Nicholas has a point, only you can decide if relocating is a possibility though. I know its not for me. x
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Is it a general personal statement that you send to every post, with just the odd tweak?
    Do you totally rewrite for every application?

    Do you completely tailor each application perfectly to the needs and requirements of the school?

    Do you include an executive summary? (see the jobseekers section if you don't know what it is.)

    I only ask this because so often people say "I have a fabulous personal statement. Lots of people have said it is great." and maybe it is, but if it isn't tailored to the school's needs it will go in the bin along with the 90 other generic ones. The 10 that are perfectly tailored to the school are the ones who will be shortlisted.

    I'm not saying that you are making this mistake, but your OP reads as if you might be. Do look on the jobseekers forum as well for more ideas.
  7. Do have a look at the jobseekers forum and the advice that Theogriff gives on that - he is an expert and has helped many people get the job they deserve.
  8. Hi James,
    I'm in the same boat! I qualified in 2009 and, so far, I have only been able to complete 1 term of my NQT (maternity cover contract). I have applied for countless positions since April without any luck. I am beginning to think that 50 is too old to start a new career and that being foreign (French) does not help! Any advice out there? Nadegemartin
  9. I think there is a real issue here and it seems to be nationwide! I qualified at the end of 2008, have managed to do one term of my induction on supply, have lost count of the number of applications I have sent off, the hours I have spent on them and am feeling very disillusioned.

    At the very least the limit on supply should be removed, there is work available and it seems ridiculous that countless good NQTs are leaving the profession, after all the training and effort they have put in.

    It is looking likely that I shall be leaving teaching in July, having given up a long established career to train as a teacher under the apparent misconception that there was a shortage of teachers!
  10. Are you visiting the schools you are applying to?
  11. A visit is a must if you can fit it in. I try to arrange a visit if I can. Be aware though that, generally schools will have set aside group visit days for prospective candidates and may not arrange individual ones.
    Visits can help the school put a face to a name when they are skimming through the 60 or so applications per post and yours may stand out because they have met you. Remember, action speak louder than words (or in this case a written application). Hope this helps? Good Luck!
  12. I qualified in summer of 2008 in primary and have been doing supply since the start of 2009. Since then I've applied for around 150 jobs in the north west and london and only had 4interviews. My extension comes to an end in July howeve I have just been given my first job starting in September, just in the knick of time! Its only a maternity cover till June but at least I'll know I've got work day to day and starting my NQT at last. Don't give up yet something will change eventually. Try applying for more jobs and if you can't make it to a school visit put it on your letter that you would have liked to look round but had working commitments etc. Good luck and your situation won't last forever.
  13. This is a good tip, thank you for sharing it.
  14. Thank you for sharing your tip star17.

    I have yet to apply for any jobs after completing my PGCE and will certainly follow your idea for any applications I do make in the future.
  15. No offence but 10 schools isn't very many schools to apply for!
  16. I am one of this years graduating cohort and I'm very lucky that I secured my job back in February. I would definately go and visit if you can, although the school I got my job n was the only one I couldn't visit!
    I would also highly recommend the executive statement recomended on the jobseekers clickables, not only does it help the person sifting applications but it really focuses you on drawing out the specific experiences/skills you have/had which meet their person spec. One of my friends also had an amazing conversion rate when she put in her final placement report into the envelope. I guess the worst they can do is bin it but it can demonstrate your honesty in singing your own praises too!
    Good luck going forwards xxx
  17. Yeh, if there were any jobs to apply for. [​IMG]
  18. Thanks for the rolling eyes smiley - very constructive!
    There may not be any jobs at the moment - it is the holidays after all so what do you expect - but there will be again. My advice (not that it really is mine originally) might have helped someone in converting an application (when there are jobs back to apply for) to an interview. Shoot me now........!

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