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Thinking of going for a new post. Should the app form be submitted in blocks?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by andrew07, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Can someone give me some other application tips, such as how I could make my supporting statement and/or cover letter very eye catching?
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    By "in blocks", do you mean in capitals?
    No, not normally (unless specified) as this is difficult to read. However, your personal details should be if not in capitals, written very very clearly so that there is no possible mis-reading.
    Nowadays most forms are downloaded and filled in on a computer, which solves this problem!
    As for help with the actual application, there's masses to be found inside the Welcome thread at the top of the page.
    Have you been reading all the advice? I'll give an outline below:
    My advice on writing applications is contained mainly in the shortlisting clickables inside the welcome thread here on this Forum. Also 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 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 quite soon: 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.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
    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!
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com<font size="2" color="#0000ff"> </font>
    There is interview training too in the afternoon that day:
    www.tesweekendworkshop86.eventbrite.com
    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 , it always makes sense to try out the free advice first!
    Since you are applying for an independent school post, you should also go to the Independent Forum and read the Welcome thread there, as well as browsing a bit. You will need to emphasise your possible contribution to the extra activities in the school.
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    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.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     
  3. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Hi, many thanks.

    Also, I'm still muddy about where this should go. Do I understand you correctly that in the space on the application form where it asks me to describe how I meet the job specification, that I put my executive summary in the box there?
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes, if it will fit, with a separate letter of application, of course.
    Good luck!
    ___________________________________________
    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.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     
  5. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Many thanks. I did the Executive Summary and summarised my skills, qualifications, and personal qualities using bullet points, like the sample that has been provided, only I didn't put my qualification and what you require. What I did do was put qualities, qualification, etc in bold print and listed my experience and information under this.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Sounds good!
    ___________________________________________
    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.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
     

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