How to apply to a job and contact students?

Many teachers contact me and say: "I never get a reply from students."

The time, effort, and care you put in your job application (first message to student) matters a lot. Most people send a hurried one line message. They are obviously at a disadvantage as there are a lot of people who are willing to make an effort to craft their application. 

An example:

A Russian student posted requirements for an English teacher. The teacher who got the job applied in Russian itself. That's personalization. That's showing that you care. She showed that she is the best they can get. Other teachers who sent a generic, thoughtless message like "WhatsApp me at xxx" didn't stand a chance. They didn't even get a reply from the student. 

If you apply to jobs and students don't respond - this is what you need to do.

Write your application/first message in such a way that:

  1. Shows that you understand their requirements.
  2. Shows that you care.
  3. Makes the student feel that you put thought and spent time to understand their problem. 
  4. The response looks customized. If the response is really customized, even better.
  5. It doesn't look like a copy paste of a standard cover letter. Humans can sense a template response.
  6. It shows that you spent more than 10 seconds in applying for the job. (I am being sarcastic.)
  7. It showcases your understanding of their demographic.

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