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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am firmly committed to Equal Opportunities in all situations, and believe that it is fundamentally unacceptable to discriminate against individuals on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, or any other irrelevant criteria

A bit wordy, but that ought to do it. I interviewed someone for a deputy head's post once, and another member of the panel (a solicitor) insisted that we couldn't appoint the candidate (internal candidate, a teacher for twenty years, already doing the job) because he hadn't specifically mentioned in his application a commitment to equal opps which he demonstrated in practice every single working day. Charities, local government and educational institutions are sticklers for this sort of thing (my observation of local government is that it's more important than "I can do the job").

(Leakage from uk.misc - I agree 100% with your comment about communication involving real people, so I checked out your URL).

AJN.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 27th, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
A bit wordy

That's me. :)

Charities, local government and educational institutions are sticklers for this sort of thing

And they're exactly the kind of thing I'm applying for at the moment. <sigh> Actually, the current application-in-progress is for a job with the Police -- huge scary application form because of all the criminal record checks etc.!

leakage from uk.misc

Ah! Now I know who you are. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the current application-in-progress is for a job with the Police -- huge scary application form because of all the criminal record checks etc.!

Only forms I've filled in for years were a couple of CRB checks this year - the trick is to remember it's basically about identifying yourself with something they can use as a key to search the databases of criminal records, List 99 etc., and not worry too much about the details (I was with someone last week who was trying to work out if he'd been 21 or 22 years in his current house, in fact they are only interested if you've been there less than four, but that's not the question they ask).

I've interviewed for a school and a charity, in both cases with people with a lot of experience in making appointments, and my recommendation is to look very carefully at the job requirements and make sure you've "ticked all the boxes" in the application letter. Once you get through to interview it's not so important, but there are always anal-retentive types who'll compare the requirements and your application looking for an exact match as part of the pre-interview weeding-out. Even if your "use of spreadsheets" is limited to adding up a column of figures ten years ago, put it on the form or letter of application if it's there in the job description.

Good luck, anyway.
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