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Please take Theo's advice!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by missy_smith, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Short-listing today.

    One (yes only ONE!) Executive Summary!

    CPD hidden in letter of application TWICE with "See letter" on application form!

    Two small font, close typed A4 pages within the "Other relevant experience" box!

    Why oh why do people do this?

    The whole panel was complaining. Do yourselves a favour and FOLLOW THEO'S ADVICE! He knows what he is talking about!

    Rant over!
  2. I'm following it! And still not getting short-listed, coming to accept that at M6 I'm just too expensive!
    Can I assume from this that ESs are likely to become more accepted, they're clearly working - for some?
    On a personal level, think I might have to consider pulling out of teaching :(. I've had my letter checked, I personalise it for every school, I've started to include ES, despite my reservations, and I'm filling in every app form every time. So what am I doing wrong?
    Feedback tells me fields are VERY strong, they employed NQTs or people with A-Level experience. I just want a job!
  3. Could depend on the area you are applying to. OP must have had a smallish field otherwise they probably would have taken them out on the first cut. We too have to consider every one despite clerical short comings as we do not have large fields to choose from.

    Can I add, the NQT who emailed me for details of a current post and addressed it "Hi Chris" was severely limiting his/her chances!
  4. I would be interested to know how small the small font was - is Times Roman 11 too small? thanks for advice.
    As for the 'Hi Chris', I had to laugh - at least I've never done that!
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Please note that Missy Smith and Chris (Hi Chris! Nice to see you! [​IMG]) are both Heads.
    So they are on the receiving end of the 'orrible applications that some people send. They confirm that the advice that I give is valid; it is based on decades of experience in a large number of institutions, both as a Leader and as a Consultant.
    Believe me, what I say is worth listening to.
    Both are in favour of E.S. being sent, based on their experience - where are your reservations coming from, Clarys? Is it just a personal hesitation at setting out your strengths so clearly, in case it counts as showing off?
    Yes - just look at it printed out. Sorry!
    I too once had an application sent by e-mail, starting Hi Theo. I too was unimpressed; it shows total lack of judgment. But at least it didn't continue Was w8ing un2 now 2 rite 2 ask u .......
    Many applicants are so used to being informal in their communications that they don't realise that it is inappropriate on occasion. People also seem to think that any sort of deference is demeaning, so often are discourteous in order to avoid any sign of deference.
    So, just to re-cap:
    Read all the clickables inside the Welcome thread - the FAQs explain the difference between some of the things.
    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 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.
    Best wishes to you all!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!

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