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Should I bother applying?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by primaryMFL, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. primaryMFL

    primaryMFL New commenter

    A job at a local Independent school has just been advertised, which I feel I could offer a lot to, but a line in the job description makes me doubt whether I should apply or not.
    I wonder if those in the know could advise whether 'The subjects to be taught are not confirmed at present but specialist skills in Maths and Science may be of benefit'.
    Is this a polite way of saying 'we would like someone to lead Maths and Science' or is it the school waiting to see what applications they see and the skills base of any prospective candidates?
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  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    If they specifically wanted somebody to lead either one of those, they would have said so.
    So even if you do not have these, you can apply.
    But do make sure that you do a really good application; for an indy you need to emphasise what you can offer in the way of extra-curriculr / co-curricular as well as your curriculum subjects.
    Do read the clickables inside the Welcome thread here on the Independent Forum to get a clear view of the sector.
    And for general advice on writing a good application:
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread at the top of the Job Seekers Forum.
    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 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.
    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 on: Saturday 25 February, it will be led by me. ThIt is just before the February 29 resignation date, so you are all fresh for any new jobs that come up then.
    Going to a seminar has worked for many posters
    Dear Theo.....I got the job!!!!!
    Course, the thought of meeting me might be a big No-No!
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    There is interview training too in the afternoon that day:
    Point 6 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 (just calculate the difference between JSA and a NQT salary . . .), it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.

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