“I’ve said it before, and by gosh, I’ll say it again — don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.”
― Emlyn Chand
As my regular readers would be aware, I am currently on a temporary teaching block having been working casually since I completed my undergraduate degree last year. I am currently in the process of writing an application for a permanent position, which I would very much like as I genuinely think I would be an excellent fit for.
The feedback I received from the last permanent position I applied for was that my application wasn’t strong enough. I showed a draft of my application to a colleague to get some feedback, and was given the same advice, with a lot more specificity as to what wasn’t strong enough. The modality of the language I was using in reference to myself was not strong enough.
Having taken that feedback, and some examples, on board, I am working through a second draft of my application at the moment. It is an odd and slightly uncomfortable feeling, to write about oneself the way that is apparently required in order to project an image of confidence and to stand out from other applicants.
The closing date for the position is next week, so I imagine it will be a month or so beyond that, before I find out whether I move through to the interview stage or not.
Wish me luck.