Most tutors use their experience
in the Writing Center as a key credential when they go on the job market after
graduating. But what is the best way to pitch this credential? In other words,
how should tutors describe their experience to prospective employers?
In “Strategies for Defining and
Marketing our Tutoring Experiences,” Writing Center tutors Lindsay Sabatino and
Jessica Showalter offer suggestions for tutors seeking employment. They
describe ways that tutors can “quantify” and “qualify” their experience. They
advise, “Since not all employers are familiar with the types of jobs tutors
engage in, tutors must explain their role more explicitly and find ways to
relate it to their future employment.”
Sabatino and Showalter encourage
tutors to talk about the interpersonal communication skills they developed
while tutoring in the Writing Center. Because writing centers are busy and tutors help many students during
the semester, it’s important to mention, on their resumes, the number of
students they tutored.
The article was published in the Spring
2014 issue of the Writing Lab Newsletter. Sabatino served as assistant director of
the IUP Writing Center from 2010 to 2012 and is now director of the Digital
ACT Studio at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Showalter tutored as a volunteer from 2010 to
2012. She was the Lillian Gary Taylor
Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia Library and now works for Penn
State Libraries. Both graduated from the
IUP English Department’s doctoral program.
The Writing Lab Newsletter has been published at Purdue University for
38 years and is the most widely read publication in the field. IUP Writing Center tutors have frequently been
published in this newsletter and other journals in the field.
This article can be found in The
Writing Lab Newsletter, Volume 38, Number 9-10, or online at The
Writing Lab Newsletter.
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