Okay – I know I have failed already with one of this year’s target for this blog, but things have changed and because of this so have my priorities. I’m currently trying to develop more of a split between personal and work life, mainly for my own sanity, but also because my activities with my game streaming and the radio station are taking up loads of my time away from work and I don’t really want to complete writing for this blog while ‘away’ from work. Because of this, I am trying to write and hopefully record my waffles at work since essentially I see this blog as part of my professional work life. I’ve planned some time into my calendar and hopefully, if my bosses allow it, I will be able to contribute more regularly once again on this site. It seems strange to be waffling while I am at work, but I am currently taking a break from writing references to eat my ‘wraps’ and write this. This actually leads me onto the topic of this waffle – no, its not about wraps – its about jobs. As I have been writing references it has got me thinking about what would be my advice for searching out, applying for and succeeding in securing that elusive first job.
Near the end of every university year I sit down and write references for the trainee teachers which I have worked alongside with as their academic tutor for the three years of their degree. Gaining that first job is so important and there is a whole plethora of advice out there including templates for personal statements, formulated responses to interview questions and probably, although I have yet to stumble over the website, advice as to what to wear. What I am going to present here is my own humble advice which I have gained through being involved in the interview process for a variety of posts. These are, in fact, only my personal recommendations and should not be seen as a series of steps to definitely securing the job. That is, of course, down to your own suitability for the post but hopefully, these steps might allow you to shine and actually get one step closer to signing on the dotted line.
I could probably write a similar waffle about my thoughts about interview techniques and advice, but I think I have waffled on enough for this post. I do have one very important thing to say however, before I drift back off into the ether of the internet. Never take the job application process personally. Yes I know it is difficult not to, especially when you are applying for jobs and getting no where, but remember the people employing you don’t know you completely, they only know what you communicate to them on a piece of paper or what you say at an interview. That’s what they are forming their judgement on not you personally. Also, and this is important, if they don’t see you working at their school, then you probably would not thrive there due to the differences in philosophies and values. Plus, you never know, the next job which comes available might be the job for you and when you get it, you will be saying how pleased you are.
Have you been through the application process? Have you employed a number of people? Do you have any advice for people who are applying? I look forward to hearing your comments and ideas, please add them in the comments below or send them to me via Twitter(@iwilsonysj), Facebook, Google+ or email.
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