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Old 08-27-2018, 05:30 PM
 
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I am struggling with interviewing and getting a job back in the area that I actually got my degrees in ever since I moved to a new city. I feel like I committed career suicide by going back to school and getting a second master's hoping that it would help me with getting a job. I live in a city that has only one school district and is miles away from a college. I currently work in admissions at the university after applying for several if not almost a hundred job applications in our district. I went from being Teacher of the Year, teaching abroad, to working as an admissions counselor for a boss I can't stand. I'm up for a job interview for an academic coaching specialist working with at risk students and I know I'm qualified for this job enough to be selected to interview, but it's just the "tell me about yourself" that has me all over the place. Like when I feel like I've dabbled in so many different things as a student, teacher, and now in my current position, trying to combine it and articulate it is hard.

I think I'm struggling the most with interviewing because I have never lost confidence and I am doing a job that is not as rewarding as being a teacher was. It's just hard getting my foot in the door.

How do you handle "Tell me about yourself" when you've dabbled in a lot of different things?


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Old 08-29-2018, 02:19 AM
 
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I might not be the best person to give advice here, but here are my thoughts-- sometimes we feel we must explain everything we've done. Is that really necessary? The big question is what makes you qualified for this position? What can you bring to this job because of your degrees, certifications, and work history? Not all of it will be academic. What is driving you? What do you hope to accomplish if you got this job? Is there really anything wrong with trying other things, then deciding those things took you away from what you love? Those experiences sometimes make us more passionate because we figured out what we didn't want, helping us to see what we really do want.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:36 PM
 
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As someone who left the teaching profession for a long time, did tons of other things, then came back,.. my advice- keep it short and sweet. They don’t want to know everything about you. Just stick to the basics— your education, maybe touch on where you grew up, a few things about jobs you had and end with what you are looking for now.. a minute or two tops. Keep it short and sweet.
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