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Where to go now?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by suzy2512, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. I qualified in 2009 and still haven't secured a full time position or completed any of my NQT.
    This means I am no longer able to teach supply so have to make do with cover supervisor or teaching assistant work.
    I have been lucky enough to get two long term teaching assistant positions one leading up to christmas and the other from january until easter so I have paid my mortgage but I can't help feeling that in the current position section supply teaching assistant doesn't look great. I have tried to put a positive spin on it in my letter saying that it has given me insight into differentiation and how different students respond to different teaching styles and I have also attended any evening insets the schools were putting on but I have sent off nearly 20 applications this year (6 this morning) and I am spending ages pouring over their person specs, reading ofsted reports and personalising what I am writing but I am not getting any interviews. I have asked the heads of science in both schools I have worked in to look at my basic letter outline (obviously lacking the personalisation bit but explaining that I do that) and they can't tell me anything I'm doing wrong. I am close to giving up but I don't even know what I would do if I did give up. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Suzy
     
  2. I qualified in 2009 and still haven't secured a full time position or completed any of my NQT.
    This means I am no longer able to teach supply so have to make do with cover supervisor or teaching assistant work.
    I have been lucky enough to get two long term teaching assistant positions one leading up to christmas and the other from january until easter so I have paid my mortgage but I can't help feeling that in the current position section supply teaching assistant doesn't look great. I have tried to put a positive spin on it in my letter saying that it has given me insight into differentiation and how different students respond to different teaching styles and I have also attended any evening insets the schools were putting on but I have sent off nearly 20 applications this year (6 this morning) and I am spending ages pouring over their person specs, reading ofsted reports and personalising what I am writing but I am not getting any interviews. I have asked the heads of science in both schools I have worked in to look at my basic letter outline (obviously lacking the personalisation bit but explaining that I do that) and they can't tell me anything I'm doing wrong. I am close to giving up but I don't even know what I would do if I did give up. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Suzy
     
  3. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    I would repost this with a dear Theo in the title. Tough call.
     
  4. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    I would re post this with Dear Theo in the title. Tough question.
     
  5. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    Sorry! Internet connection playing up.....
     
  6. PinkHelen

    PinkHelen New commenter

    If there is a Head of Science you get on with particularly well, it could be worth asking them to look at a personalised letter of application/supporting statement before you send it off, in conjunction with the person spec for that school - if there's nothing missing from the "general" version then maybe your applications aren't personalised enough?
    Other than that I'm a bit stumped! I presume you're a Science teacher from what you've said - what's your specialism?
     
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Oh no, I've not been in this bit of the forum for a while now, but my heart goes out to you and other people in your position.
    I would maybe restart each letter entirely from scratch. I know that sounds a nightmare, but the basic outline you have clearly isn't working for you. I don't have a magic formula, but every time I've applied for a post I have always got an interview at least.

    Have a few paragraphs around and about, print them out and chop them up, for the bits that are on every single person spec. Don't bother with the bits like 'qualified teacher', that is on the application form and your executive summary. And don't bother with bits they don't ask for. If they don't mention differentiation then you writing that TA work has given you an 'insight into differentiation' is pointless. Show them that you have what they are asking for, with bells on.

    When you write your application, put your paragraphs in the same order they have them in the person spec or job description, whichever you are using. Don't have a general letter with a bit of personalisation. Have a fully personalised letter. Yes it takes ages and no you won't have time to apply for every single job. But your applications will be far better and stand you a much better chance of getting that post.

    In the current position part you could just write 'supply' and in the letter/statement part elaborate on all that you have learned in schools. Mix and match the TA and teacher experiences and show what a fabulous experience it has been for you and how much better you will now be as an employee. Schools want to know what you will bring to their workplace and why you would be brilliant for them, they don't actually care too much how you got those skills.

    Can't help much more (and wrote this to avoid writing my own application to be honest!) but very good luck to you.
     

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