Advertising Open Positions

If you’re going to hire some mentee teachers, you need to find them! Assuming you’ve never had employees before, this is like adding a HR department into your studio for the first time. Be patient with yourself as you learn about this new area. The mantra “Slow to hire, quick to fire” is a good one to live by. For me, that translates to extra extra care when hiring so that I don’t have to face firing anyone!

If you happen to have a student or former student lined up as your new mentee, you can skip this module and make a note to review when you need to hire from the outside. Skip ahead to module 5 so you can get the onboarding started. 

Where to Advertise

Like many things, the popularity of job sites and other places to advertise for positions will vary depending on where you are. Here’s a list of potential places for you to try:

  • Job listing sites like Gumtree, Indeed, etc. Be cautious about ones which charge a fee and check if there are other similar listings in your area before posting.
  • Your Facebook page – remember to ask folks to share it so you reach people outside your circle.
  • Relevant Facebook groups. For example, there is an Irish one called “PROFESSIONAL Substitute Music Teachers and Conductors in Dublin” which allows posting of independent positions.
  • Notice boards in colleges and other music institutions.
  • Contacting teachers at local colleges and explaining the opportunity. 

These are just a few places to start, but hopefully it gets things going for you.

Anatomy of a Good Job Post

A great job post has two jobs to do: It has to dissuade those who are not qualified from applying, and it has to sell the job to those who are a great fit. 

Have you ever read a job listing which sounded more like a threat? Yeah, those HR folks missed the memo on the second part.

Here are the sections I recommend you use in your job advertisement:

  1. Introduction to the position and why it’s AWESOME (1-3 brief paragraphs.)
  2. Candidate description, including qualifications or experience (Bulleted list)
  3. More detailed information on what the job will be like (3-5 paragraphs)
  4. Summary of why the job is awesome (1-3 brief paragraphs)

If you do this clearly and craft your words well, you’ll simultaneously attract the perfect candidates and repel those who aren’t qualified or who are just looking for a temporary fix for a financial conundrum.

More to Explore

Check out my own job description and application form for mentee teachers. Don’t copy this word-for-word, but feel free to use as inspiration.