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Writing Center Tutors Tell How to Market Tutoring Experience

Posted on 5/20/2014 11:31:57 AM

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.