Why isn’t it good to use a template?
- If your proposal isn’t crafted well, it won’t get you jobs. Period.
- Once you have a template, you may start skipping the job description and apply robotically. You should always read the job description and requirements. There may be something that doesn’t fit your skills, or you may find you aren’t actually interested in the project.
This being said, you should never apply to jobs that you’re not confident you can complete successfully. Getting the job is just the beginning; the final goal is to have great results and offer a good customer experience. If you are not good at what you were hired to do, you will not get paid, and you will receive negative feedback. That feedback will stick to your profile, no matter what. And it will most certainly drag you down.
How to craft a good proposal
I think I tested eight or nine templates before I found the one that works best. Currently, I get three or four responses to every six applications. So, my success rate is between 50 and 70 percent—which is great, in my opinion. Initially, I got one response for every 15-20 proposals I sent.
Here are the five things that I’ve found make a good proposal.
1. Keep your proposals short
My first proposals were long and I tried to include everything I could in them. Long proposals won’t convince anyone, as no one will read them. People run from big blocks of text, and no one has the patience to read your life’s story.
2. Capture the student’s attention fast
You have just a few seconds to win your client’s attention, so you need to be witty in the first two or three lines. One trick I use is to look at the feedback on the student’s OnlineTutorLyprofile when applying; other tutors will call them by their first name in the feedback. This lets me start my application with their name.
By doing this, I leave the student wondering how I know their name, which draws them to my profile to see if they know me. It also shows that I am very interested in the job and in teaching them; I paid attention to their job description and looked even further. Finally, it makes the application more personal.
3. Add your samples to the beginning of your application
If there’s one thing in your proposal your students are interested in, it’s your teaching samples. If your samples are good, that is your main advantage for winning the job. So keep your samples as high as possible, maybe after the first paragraph.
4. Answer the “Why should I work with you” question
Every student wants to know why they should pick you instead of any other tutor out there. This is basically what your application has to be focused on.
No, don’t start your application with: “You should hire me because…” Present the advantages of a collaboration with you, as well as your qualities. Don’t brag, but be honest and present real facts:
- Talk about experience (i.e. how many years)
- Mention your excellent feedback (if you already have some)
- Mention the number of jobs you have worked on so far (inside or outside of Campus Doozy)
- Tell them about your education, if it is relevant to the job
Point out anything that makes you look good as long as you can prove it, via samples or your profile. You should leave the rest out.
5. Be professional and friendly
I have also become a student on OnlineTutorLyin the last couple of months, and I have noticed that many tutors need to improve their customer service and professional manners. “Dear Jane Adeniji,” will always sound better than “Hi.” “Thank you for taking the time to read my application” is a great closing line. You can make your proposal more professional or warm with a friendly closing, like “Best regards,” or “Kind wishes.”
Test everything until you find what works for you. The first few months as a tutor are definitely not easy and you should expect some tough times. But, if you arm yourself with patience, will, and perseverance, results will eventually show and you will get better at it every day.
This article was submitted by tutor and does not reflect the views or opinions of Campus Doozy.