So I worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for eight years back in the country I'm from. I'm now living in the US and after a few sabbatical years, I'm now looking for a new job. Teaching English as a foreigner living in the US is not something I want or that others look for, so I'm looking to start something new. I decided to look for simple entry-level positions, possibly customer service related.
The thing is, I'm having trouble phrasing my work experience and skills in a way that accurately translates who I am and what I can do. I have great soft skills but I lack in anything technological lol I'm not even that strong in Microsoft Office suite, no idea how to use even Excel. However, I'm really good with social media, but I don't know how to phrase that. So the "skills" portion of my resume pretty much just contains my language skills and looks really short and empty. I thought about turning it into "Skills & Interests" and add my interest for spirituality and energy healing, but I found info online saying it's a big no-no to add something like that.
I also worked on a summary but now I just read an article from Fairygodboss itself saying it's not actually necessary to have one. I'd like to post it here and hear your advice on it, please!
Here's my summary:
"My background and experience as an English teacher in Brazil (my native country) for eight years has allowed me to interact with and learn how to handle and understand people from different ages, cultural and social backgrounds as I worked with hundreds of students over the years. Learning a second language is still a privilege in my country of origin, and my favorite part in doing that work was knowing I was an integral piece in helping make someone’s dream come true, and in helping someone’s horizon broaden to unimaginable scopes.
My personality leans towards the introverted and shy side of the spectrum, and I find that makes me a great listener and observer. I’m also kind, friendly, considerate, intuitive, organized, responsible, and dedicated."
How does it sound? Would you toss my resume or keep reading after that summary?
Thanks in advance!
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