Help! I can’t use my degree!

A little while ago I wrote an article for another publication, which didn’t get used in the end (so it seems). It’s a different writing style to the one I use on my blog, but I enjoyed writing it so I figured I’d share it here.


When I was 18, I had my whole life mapped out. I was going to study Japanese, and do a year abroad. Then, having graduated top of my class, I would live in Japan and work as a teacher in a local school, marry this guy called Yusuke who I met at 15 when his school took a trip to my hometown, and then live happily ever after.

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How to use Glassdoor to Boost your Career

Most people think of Glassdoor as that place you go to when you’ve left a terrible job and you want to leave a bad review. The TripAdvisor of the employment world.

But it’s so much more than that, and I’m always keen to show students that it exists, and how to use it, as it can help you with things from getting a pay rise, to doing better in interviews.

Let me show you how.

Level 1 – Beginner

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Should you send a thank you after an interview?

Interview Advice


A few weeks ago, I received a DM from an American follower: “I’m advising someone on their job hunt and was shocked that they didn’t send a thank you message after their interview. Do you not do that over here?”

I replied that it’s not so common – I’ve always found it to be a very American thing to do, but didn’t think it was done in the UK. But as you know, I always like to back up my advice, so I set out to find out how people felt about thank you messages after interviews. [Read more…]

3 Things For Your CV You’ve Not Considered

cv tips

Last week something a bit crazy happened. A guy asked to connect with me on LinkedIn, then when I accepted, offered to look over my CV for a free check. I thanked him, told him that actually I have my own CV writing business on the side, but thank you anyway.

He replied back: “Looking at your background you wouldn’t have a clue how to write a CV. I bet you put References [sic] available on request at the end” [Read more…]

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