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Speculative Applications?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by missgeo, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. missgeo

    missgeo New commenter

    I was wondering what schools think of speculative applications? I am looking for a job in an area with relatively few schools and so very few jobs to go about, so was thinking of writing a letter to the two schools I really would love to work in, introducing myself and asking them to bear me in mind should any jobs come up.

    Would schools think this rude? Is it different for private schools?
     
  2. missgeo

    missgeo New commenter

    I was wondering what schools think of speculative applications? I am looking for a job in an area with relatively few schools and so very few jobs to go about, so was thinking of writing a letter to the two schools I really would love to work in, introducing myself and asking them to bear me in mind should any jobs come up.

    Would schools think this rude? Is it different for private schools?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well . . .
    You can try.
    But in my experience, the letters rarely even get to the Head, because the Secretary weeds them out. You would have a better chance if you were there and available immediately, because then if they had an emergency situation they could call you in.
    Better perhaps to ring up and find the name of the Head of Department, and send the letter to him/her persdonally. More likely to open it and read it.
    But I don't think that you can then expect them to contact you when they have a job. They would expect you to see the ad and apply like anyone else. I suggest that you set up a JobAlert - for both maintained and independent schools - for your subject, stage and area, so you hear about all the vacancies.
    And make sure that you know exactly how to produce the Best Possible Application, so that you are ready when that dream job comes up.
    Best of luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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 http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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