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Personal statement and covering letter

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Jules75, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo
    I am currently applying for a post that asks for both a personal statement, in the application form, and two sides of a covering letter.
    It seems that they duplicate each other. What do you think I should do?
    Thanks
    Juliette
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Right, I am assuming by your post above that you are a beginner at this application business. So here goes . . .
    Masses of help available on here - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Here below is a summary of the steps to take in job hunting. Hope you find this useful.
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in those shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also, you should read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • 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 covering letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread which explains the difference here!
    • 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.
    Jules75 - it looks as though the form has room for the executive summary, so put it there and then do a separate application letter. (They don't really mean a covering letter, they mean a letter of application).
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary.
    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.
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview

    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: the next one of Winning That Teaching Job is very soon: Saturday 14 April
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Here are the details for the next one:
    www.tesweekendworkshop97.eventbrite.co.uk

    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:
    Sign upto one of Theo's 1-2-1s....... JUST DO IT
    Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Theo and tremendous support
    Theo's 'One to One' careers service....
    Now the last two cost money, and although it is worth it , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Right, I am assuming by your post above that you are a beginner at this application business. So here goes . . .
    Masses of help available on here - have you been checking all the clickables and other help threads inside the Welcome thread? Here below is a summary of the steps to take in job hunting. Hope you find this useful.
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in those shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also, you should read the FAQs.
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • 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 covering letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread which explains the difference here!
    • 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.
    Jules75 - it looks as though the form has room for the executive summary, so put it there and then do a separate application letter. (They don't really mean a covering letter, they mean a letter of application).
    The Welcome thread clickables explain about an executive summary.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  4. Brilliant. Thank you!
     

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