How Not to Get a Job as a Tutor

14 September 2009 at 7:10PM Leave a comment

Nancy from Texas

Nancy from Texas

Nancy is a teacher from Houston, Texas, who also runs a blog called Nancy’s Garden Spot. Last year about this time, she posted about her experience in trying to recruit and hire tutors to teach Reading and Math. She has run into some of the classic follies with resumes and interviews. Here are her thoughts on the process:

How NOT to Get a Job

Recently, we posted an ad on Craigslist to hire some new tutors, both Math and Reading. In the ad, we specifically stated that replies should include a resume and cover letter and information about teaching or tutoring experience. The Learning Center I work for has a very low student to teacher ratio and we individualize for EACH child. Teachers are preferred, though Math tutors who are willing to learn methodology (how to teach or reteach effectively), are welcome too.

I’ve received some very good responses, more than we can hire right now, though we’d love to have them all.

Still, there are the ones you just read and wonder: “What the HELL were they thinking?”

Nancy goes on:

But for sheer briefness, brusqueness and, well, bad manners, this one took the cake:

I have great training in reading for
beginners through grade 2 and I taught
all subjects in first grade. Please
tell me exactly where you are located
and salary if interested in me for
part time work.

She did include a VERY brief sort of resume, included in the body of the message. She did have some experience as a teacher, and might have been…worth interviewing… at least. However, all things did not proceed well for her.

This prompts Nancy to write a reply (which we can’t tell if she sent.)

Ms X, I’d like to make some constructive suggestions for when you respond to other advertisements for tutors or tutoring positions, so that you might correct some of the missteps you’ve made with me.

1). Read the ad, and follow the requests. For example: We asked for a resume and a cover letter. These are, usually, provided by the applicant in an attachment.

2) Your emails to me have been rather…demanding. Remember, you are asking for a job. I’m not begging you to take it. Courtesy counts for a lot. Starting your emails with a “Hello” or “Good Morning”… sets a more courteous tone.

See the whole thing:


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