Do you love teaching? Do you enjoy crushing standardized tests, even if you’re embarrassed to admit it to your friends?
Then come join us at GMAT Ninja! We’re a tiny, unconventional company, and you’d be joining just three established, full-time tutors. So think of this as a full-time partnership — we’re looking for whip-smart people who are excited to grow, learn, and explore new teaching techniques with us.
Here’s what we offer:
- We’ll train you to be one of the very best tutors in the industry. Large test-prep companies tend to teach a narrow curriculum, and they like to “script” their teachers. We want you to be yourself, and develop your own awesome style. In other words, we’ll work hard to make you the best possible version of yourself.
- You’ll get to work with three supermodels. OK, maybe not. Fine: definitely not. But we’re fun, nice people who try to keep things interesting.
- The lifestyle is pretty great: you’d have a flexible schedule, and sessions can usually be conducted via Skype. So if you’re a traveler or an filmmaker or a novelist or a food blogger or something, tutoring can be an amazing way to support your lifestyle.
- The pay isn’t bad, either: if you’re successful, you’ll ultimately earn far more than tutors at any large test-prep company. If you kick butt and develop a following, we’ll raise your rates quickly — $100-$160/hour or more, depending on your performance.
- If you’re interested in growing into other education-related work – like writing books and curriculum, providing pro-bono teaching services for schools, or conducting workshops overseas – then we’re the perfect place for you. We’ve done all of those things, and would be thrilled to do more of them.
Required characteristics and qualifications:
- Proven ability to kick the snot out of standardized tests. If you’ve never touched the GMAT or GRE before, that’s cool, but we’ll need evidence of elite test-taking skills in some form or another.
- Incredible perceptiveness and interpersonal skills. To be a great GMAT tutor, you have to be great at getting inside your students’ heads. So if you have that talent, let’s talk.
- Interest in tutoring as a long-term, full-time career. It will take a few months to become a good tutor — and years to become a great one. It’s not worth going down this path unless you’re pretty sure that you’ll want to invest the time to become amazing at it. Sorry, but we definitely aren’t looking for part-time or short-term tutors.
- Some teaching or tutoring experience — but not necessarily with standardized testing. As long as it’s clear that you have great instincts and a passion for teaching, we can teach you the rest.
- Schedule flexibility. It might take several months to learn everything you need to know about GMAT tutoring, depending on your experience — and our students often prefer to meet outside of normal business hours. So if you have some schedule flexibility, it will make both training and tutoring much, much easier.
- Collaborative spirit. If you start working with us, you’ll be only our fourth tutor. So there’s plenty of room for all of us to find creative ways to collaborate, make each other better at tutoring, and provide a better service for our students.
- Good question- and explanation-writing skills. We develop a lot of our own practice materials, so we definitely want partners who can contribute to those efforts.
Desired but not necessary characteristics:
- A strong academic background. Most of our students are interested in attending elite MBA programs, so it’s a plus if you’ve attended some sort of elite university.
- Physical presence in a major city with a large GMAT test-taking population.
- Some talent for marketing. We have a great base of students and an outstanding reputation, but there’s always room to improve our ability to reach a new audience.
- Familiarity with the MBA admissions process.
Things we really don’t care about:
- GMAT or test-prep tutoring experience. We’re happy to train the right candidate — so if you have teaching experience but have never done GMAT tutoring before, no big deal. As long as you have great teaching instincts and a demonstrated passion for teaching, we’re all good.
- Whether you have an MBA. An MBA is not a teaching degree, and I’ve still never met a great tutor who has one.
- Your country of residence. Most tutoring can be conducted via Skype, so we’re open to the right overseas candidates.
Still interested? Send over a detailed resume, a rundown of your standardized scores, and an informal introduction to firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal cover letters are boring as hell, so please be yourself, and tell us about your passions in life and why you’re interested in becoming a GMAT tutor. No phone calls, please.