My Science Teacher Job Application Woes!

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user1497126393 Tue 18-Jul-17 12:29:42

This is more to rant as use that as therapy more than anything but I am so frustrated and feel completely injusticed here!

I am applying via MANY agencies for a Science Teacher job in time for September this year and still looking/asking/hounding YET last year, last week; I hardly applied at all and got an interview and a job as a Science Teacher like that clicks fingers....yet this year DIDDLY SQUAT!!

I mean what the hell?!
I know i'm technically unqualified as I don't have the teacher training qualification but I DID try, last year and the year before! but guess what.....I was giving the choice of doing that (as I got in to the TT course) or JOB as a Teacher....of course I picked Teaching Job!!

I may not have teacher training (TT) but what I DO HAVE is a Bachelors and a Masters degree in the hard sciences and a handful of years experience in Science teaching!! AS an ACTUAL Science Teacher!

So this year, I didn't bother with even applying for TT Training course and NO JOB!!, NO JOB INTERVIEW!!! NONE!!!!!!

FRUSTRATED ISN'T THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

This is my Cover Letter...that is my proof!

Not sure what response or whatever to get from this but, meh...i'm having a cup of tea now to chill out.

“From the plethora of experiences and jobs I had gained, teaching is the much-desired choice and the career I feel passion for. I wish to continue dedicating myself to for years to come”.


*I had won award for my teaching in late 2013.
*Wrote a 16,000-word dissertation on the connection between Alzheimer's and Aluminium.
*Wrote a 33,000-word dissertation on "HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors and Hypercholestrolemia".
*Had taught as many as 44 participants.

July 2017

Dear Sir/Madam:
I am writing for the Science Teacher vacancy.
I am interested in your educational institute as a Science Teacher.

I can offer 4 consecutive years of experience in teaching Sciences at KS3 +GCSE double/triple levels.
Successfully handled responsibilities of merit professionally executed, like: coordinating/marking of GCSE coursework; creating, teaching and coordinating a GCSE program and intensely worked with EBD students expelled for violence.

Keeps a cool head, eg: I needed to attend to ~300 anxious prospective students on enrolment day and rationally organized them into segregated queues.

I am also able to create detail-orientated lessons, delivered with raw innovation, passion and potency.
Thank you for reading this, enjoy my curriculum vitæ and visit my LinkedIn profile.

Then hopefully after further consideration perhaps you can ask me more in person, as I would be honoured to meet you.


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Iikkiilloo Tue 18-Jul-17 17:29:37

I think your cover letter sounds clumsy and is quite oddly worded .......however I'm really not the best person to give advice on English as mine quite poor. Maybe you could get some feedback from other people who are more knowledgeable.

SweepTheHalls Tue 18-Jul-17 17:31:02

Get QTS, or apply to really challenging schools that are struggling to recruit. We do not employ anyone without QTS.

joopy79 Tue 18-Jul-17 17:32:35

Have you thoughts about teach first?

PotteringAlong Tue 18-Jul-17 17:33:04

1. You need to write in full sentences.
2. If you want to work as a teacher you actually need to qualify as a teacher.
3. You need to consider what you want to say in your cover letter - no one is employing you based on your ability to get children to line up, however fancy the language you use to say that.

littlesos Tue 18-Jul-17 17:42:29

Your cover letter is a bit odd, I don't think that schools are interested in the fact you can write long papers. Where is the information about what you can bring to the school, what achievements did you have whilst teaching, are you prepared to train?
"handled responsibilities of merit professionally executed" not even sure what you mean by this. Your proof of a cool head, seems to me, that you organised some students into a queue.

I'm not sure why you think it's ok to be a teacher without a teaching qualification, so perhaps that should be you first step.

thesandwich Tue 18-Jul-17 21:21:50

Every application has to be tailored to the institution and the person spec. Speak to a senior member of staff who could give you specific pointers. You do not use key phrases re progress/ achievement etc.


BubblesBuddy Tue 18-Jul-17 21:23:58

I would ask for an application form. I would get qualified. Why have you not stayed in your previous jobs? Try supply teaching? I am never keen on poor English in an application. What university are your qualifications from?

Justgivemesomepeace Tue 18-Jul-17 21:34:30

First thing I'd do if I were you is get some help with CV/cover letter writing. Most of the sentences don't actually mean anything, most of the sentences aren't sentences, and a lot of it doesn't seem relevant. I have done recruitment for my industry (not teaching) and I wouldn't progress an application like that. Get that sorted with help from a professional and you might get a chance of getting through the door for an interview. However advice from people on here who do teach advise that you really need a teaching qualification. I would have concerns about how you would be able to communicate complex subject material in a coherent, understandable manner when I can't even understand what you are trying to convey in that letter.

titchy Wed 19-Jul-17 09:18:35

Agree with others. Crap CV. Unqualified. Very poor English. Not surprising you're not getting anywhere (but heartening to know schools aren't that desperate).

titchy Wed 19-Jul-17 09:19:37

Oh and actually quite embarrassing to post so much personal detail on MN - seriously OP at least ask MNHQ to delete your LI profile.

honeysucklejasmine Wed 19-Jul-17 09:22:01

There's an awful lot of actual, qualified and experienced teachers doing supply now. Schools will hire them in preference.

Iikkiilloo Wed 19-Jul-17 09:29:49

So much for everyone trying to be diplomatic....... hmm

lougle Wed 19-Jul-17 09:36:55

Is English a second language for you? I work with lots of people from the Philippines and some of your phrasing strikes me to be similar.

'Rationally ordered them into segregated queues' - Do you mean that you asked them to line up according to a list that you had?

MollyHuaCha Wed 19-Jul-17 09:47:44

Wording on letter is clumsy - changes of person in the sentences, 'honoured' etc.

Good luck with your applications smile

Spam88 Wed 19-Jul-17 09:48:14

Obviously not actually being a qualified teacher is an issue...

Agree with the above comments about your cover letter being oddly worded. Also the content isn't great - where's the passion? Why do you want to teach? Why your subject in particular?

665TheNeighbourOfTheBeast Wed 19-Jul-17 09:49:34

why are you posting the exact same post across a number of boards and them ignoring all advice offered ?

tropicalfish Wed 19-Jul-17 21:44:34

Would a degree in biomedical science mean you were qualified to teach physics, chemistry or biology?

RedHelenB Wed 19-Jul-17 22:06:52

Biology is not as much of a shortage subject as physics . Spend a year doing your PGCE

Lucysky2017 Wed 19-Jul-17 22:34:21

I am afraid the covering letter is in very poor English which sadly may be consistent with at University of Beds and an OU degree. Did you get poor A level grades too?

BubblesBuddy Wed 19-Jul-17 23:29:30

I have yet to see a teacher appointed with just a cv. We need a lot more info to process an application which is why we use application forms. If you are applying to an agency, get their form and work through it in a coherent way. If it is difficult, lower your sights.

crazycatgal Wed 19-Jul-17 23:38:14

The english in your covering letter is quite poor and you have focused too much on your university assignments rather than what you can bring to teaching.

I also think you were lucky to get a job as an unqualified teacher, if you want this to be your career you need to get QTS.

mumeeee Thu 20-Jul-17 09:41:02

Your covering letter is to long and clumsy..Also you need to have a teaching qualification to teach
DD,1 has a first in a Zoology degree but she then did a PCGE in Biology before she could be a teacher
She also did extra training which enabled her to teach all ,3 sciences to A level
I don't know how you have been a Science.teacher before without a qualification.
So until you get yourself on a teachers training course no school will be interested

impostersyndrome Thu 20-Jul-17 17:50:56

Injustice is not a verb. You need to polish up your English, I'm afraid.

user1497480444 Thu 20-Jul-17 18:07:10

This is very odd, I thought it was a joke at first. Are you filling in applications forms? You won't get anywhere with just a CV and covering letter.

Also your application above is very strange, why are you singling out
and highlighting putting 300 applicants into queues, for example? You will need to talk about experiences involve a lot more skill and dedication than that, it looks very odd that you think this entirely unskilled, run of the mill task, is one of the highlights of your achievements.

I am also able to create detail-orientated lessons, delivered with raw innovation, passion and potency.

I don't know what this means. What is detail -orientated?

overall, the English is very poor and idiosyncratic.

I don't know what to suggest really. Do a PGCE or schools direct, or similar. ( you may have to work on your English to get it up to the required standard.)

There are plenty of science teaching jobs out there, I'm sure you could find one quite easily, if you sort out your application a bit.

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