How to Get Jobs for Teens in Tutoring. Teens who excel in a particular subject area, and those who are interested in careers in education, should consider jobs in tutoring. Not only are tutoring jobs an excellent way to earn some extra spending money, but they'll also help keep your fundamental academic skills sharp. It's also highly rewarding to help others while working in a field you enjoy.
Volunteer to participate in peer-to-peer tutoring workshops organized by your school. This will add vital experience to your resume and demonstrate your commitment to helping others. Many schools run such workshops during lunch breaks and after school.
Create a resume that emphasizes the academic success you've had in the subject area in which you want to tutor others. Go into detail regarding the grades you've achieved and be sure to list any awards and honors you've won. Also, make sure to highlight any relevant tutoring experience you have.
Get references from your teachers and from the parents of any teens you have tutored on your own. These endorsements are vital, as employers generally want demonstrated proof of your ability beyond what appears on your resume. Include this information on your resume rather than waiting until you're asked for it.
Find tutoring companies that operate in your area, call them and ask whether they are hiring tutors with expertise in your strongest subject area(s). Speak to a person with decision-making authority, and detail your strength in the subject area while you have the person's full attention. Even if a particular company is not hiring at the moment, ask whether you can forward your resume anyway, and get the name and direct contact information of the person who handles the hiring of tutors.
Follow up. Continue to keep your name fresh at every tutoring company you submitted a resume to, and when a job opens up, your name will be among the first considered by the company's human-resources personnel. Bear in mind, though, that some companies prefer to hire tutors who have at least Bachelor's degrees in their fields, which may disqualify high school teens from many tutoring jobs.
Be innovative. Don't limit your options to tutoring companies. Instead, be proactive and get your own tutoring business up and running. Advertise online, on school bulletin boards and by word of mouth, charging rates that are significantly lower than those of professional tutoring companies to give yourself a competitive advantage.
Look for a tutoring job on a site dedicated to teens, such as GrooveJob.com (see Resources below). Jobs on this site are categorized by state.
Some employers might ask for a copy of your academic record to confirm that you meet their requirements for becoming a tutor. You can easily access this through your high school guidance office if you're asked to supply one.