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Feedback on job applications… are you kidding?

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Feedback.

In all schools it is seen as an essential component to learning, vital in the formative growth of students. Without feedback, how can there be development?

“How do you give feedback to your students?” ask administrators.

And, administrators do their best to give feedback to teachers too… albeit in ways that are far from perfect.

Feedback is crucial.

So, why is it that when teachers painstakingly spend hours preparing CVs, pouring their soul into covering letters and holding their dreams in their fingertips as they press send on that email… their chances of any feedback are non-existent?

Days or weeks waiting, wondering, wishing.

Then, out of the blue… the inbox reveals the clinical phrase “we regret to inform you that your application has been unsuccessful”.

But why? The teachers ask… what is wrong with me? Is my CV crap, is my experience insufficient, was my covering letter poorly worded, am I the wrong type of person?

Well… who knows? And fat chance of fixing any of those issues next time. Learning from the experience? Non-existent.

So, where is the feedback then? Has anyone ever received feedback on their job application?