I am confident of walking into a room, earning people’s trust and explaining complex ideas, but I’m struggling to show this
On Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement, so readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?
After university I went travelling around Europe teaching English. At first it was great fun, but two years ago I returned to the UK to try and start a new career. In order to survive while I started my job hunt I went back into Tefl, and now I seem to be stuck in it. I’ve tried to apply for other jobs, but every application I send off is ignored. At first I thought I could do publishing, then marketing, but each new attempt is as futile as the last.
I have a BA in philosophy and an MA in English and playwriting, and the bulk of my working experience is teaching non-native speakers English. I am extremely confident of walking into a room, earning people’s trust, explaining complex ideas and so on. How do I get these soft skills across to recruiters? Also, what other jobs/careers could I feasibly go into?
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