The Busy Giffs: Two Identities

April 30, 2012

Two Identities

I feel like I am two people stuck in one body when I apply for jobs.

Person 1 is an education Masters student who has 3 certifications through the state of Massachusetts that range from Preschool, to middle school to high school with an additional elementary school one pending.
I've been working in schools as a teacher since I was a junior in high school doing a co-op for the preschool.  Then I was a lunch aide/recess helper, a 2nd grade classroom aide, and a substitute for 6 different school systems over 8 years. 

Person 2 is an amazing salesperson, supervisor, and all around customer service expert. First job was at Best Buy at 16 and worked in a form of retail/sales ever since, going to Build A Bear, Circuit City and then into restaurants working at Friendlys. Factor in work as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader and it shows that Person 2 is an amazingly personable sales person.

But for some reason, these two people don't look right together on a resume. 

Do schools care that I helped create and implement the training program we use in all of the corporate stores for every new hire?
Does a sales marketing job care that I have passed 6 different Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensure tests?

Obviously my objective is different for both personalities
so how do I make those two personalities live harmoniously on the paper?
Does it seem like I don't have passion for either if my resume says Looking for A or B? I feel like it should only say one...

Do I really care which track I end up on?

No. Not at all.

Would I be happy if I spent the rest of my life teaching English to high schoolers? Yep.
Would I be happier than if I worked in an office, interacting with customers all day? I don't think so.

Why do I have to be one or the other?


  1. Heather, I feel the same way. I have 4 different resumes; one for serving, one for education, one CV with everything on it, and one musician resume only with music related things on it. It is frustrating that I can't make them all go together into one happy fantastic resume that will blend all of my talents and interests into one awesome job but bartending and teaching don't mesh well. I have even thought of scrapping both careers and starting over and going pre-med. But do I really want to go through another 4-6 years of school with an infant? um NO. I do think everything will work out and we can find this happy medium and blend our talents into one fantastic career, but it may take time.

  2. You can teach in the "professional world". My company does have training that we give our customers- it's half sales/marketing and half teaching so you may like that. :)

  3. Heather- I have been following your blog for a while now (I found you through Casey's blog). I completely understand where you are coming from. I'm currently going through the same issue with trying to find a "real" job/career. I went to Bridgewater for special ed/ communication disorders. I was waiting for them to get the master's program in speech and when they never did I figured teaching special ed was the closest thing. I've been working as a para at the high school level for 3 years now. I don't hate it, but I literally make no money! You've worked as an know what they make! I'm more than half way done with the sped master's program and I can't pass the general curriculum MTEL. I've passed all the others, but I just can't seem to pass this one. I've taken it so many times. I've essentially given up. I'm not a mom so I can't relate in that aspect, but I am wife. If you ever need somebody to talk to or vent to I would be more than happy to listen. Best of luck and I'm sure something will turn up soon!

  4. Yup, I hate being a grown up! I think by having both tracks on your resume it makes you seem more well-rounded! I am so glad I found your cute blog...I am your newest follower from the May Follower Fest! I would love if you would check out my blog and if you like what you see please follow back :)
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  5. I totally understand how you feel!


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