The Importance of Professionalism
At some point in life we all have to apply for jobs. As boring as spending a weekend writing a resume may be, it is important and necessary. More so, how well your resume is written is crucial. It can be the difference between scoring your dream job or literally being deemed unprofessional from first glance. We don’t mean to scare you, but this is the truth! So without further ado, we are going to provide you with important dos and don’ts when it comes to professionalism:
What’s lurking on the web?
Ahh the internet. A place where nothing is private and basically anything can be retrieved. Take a moment to consider what your social media says about you. In the tutoring industry, your social media profiles (even your “personal” ones) are public descriptions of who you are. They represent your personal brand and may even impact people’s decisions to hire you. I’ve personally been sent applications to teach children that linked directly to modelling shots and other similar images. I don’t care how amazing a teacher you are, or how great a lingerie model you are, the reality is this is a major risk to my business to employ. For parents, this would be confronting and may signal alarm bells. So before you apply for a job, consider your social media image. If there is anything that you second guess, it’s better to simply remove it and make your profile private. You’ll thank us later!
Resumes and Showreels – the more the merrier!
A resume is an obvious thing that you will need in order to apply for a job. But it is not enough just to have a resume, it needs to be perfectly written and read well. If you are unsure of how to actually write a resume, ask someone who you know has experience or has read up about it online! There is no harm in asking your family and friends to read it, in fact, the more the merrier- they will probably pick up on inconsistencies or errors you may have missed.
The same goes for showreels- make sure it is professional. It is a wise idea to save up and get them professionally presented. It is better to wait a bit longer and present your potential employer with an amazing showreel than get one done cheaply but the quality is poor.
Dress for success
As shallow as it may sound, your potential employer will 110% make a judgment on what you wear to the interview. If you don’t have work attire, we recommend you save up and buy an outfit that is professional and timeless – something that won’t date. For women, we recommend your hair is freshly washed, or at the minimum tied up and off your face (hairspray is helpful in making sure you look well-groomed) and your makeup is classic. In terms of an outfit, make sure your hemline falls at your knee; there is a time and place for mini skirts and a job interview is not it. Wear shoes that you can walk in. If you wear high heels, you may risk looking awkward as you try to walk. Instead, we suggest opting for a low-heeled shoe that is discreet in colour, such as black or cream. For men, please don’t wear something overly casual – e.g. no boardshorts, singlets, flipflops or tight-fitting gym gear. To dress to impress we suggest wearing well-tailored, ironed slacks that are comfy yet still professional. Again, shoes should be discreet and not over the top. Avoid wearing sneakers – you can wear them to the gym.
A few final words
Finally, some general housekeeping – follow through. Be sure to send potential employers your resume promptly. Please don’t call at odd hours- who really has the time to take a phone call at 11pm? Particularly in the tutoring industry – we already work unusual hours, please don’t assume it’s fine to call at 6pm. Above all, just put in the effort. Employers ultimately want motivated, trustworthy employees that they can rely on to provide their students with the best results. So without further ado, go out and do!