Help me apply to the same job where I screwed up big-time as a teenager.
April 10, 2007 8:06 PM Subscribe
Help me apply to the same job where I screwed up as a teenager.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I was 17, right out of high school, I taught some SAT prep classes for Kaplan. It was a great job and I was good at the teaching for what that's worth, but I was also pretty slack and unprofessional — it was my first "real job" ever and I just didn't know how to behave. Ultimately, though, it was one big mistake that did me in: I agreed to teach a class at another location, got lost en route, showed up late, and then lied about it to my supervisor. They fired me, obviously, and that was that.
After almost ten years in the work force it's perfectly clear to me why that was a dumb thing to do, and I sure as hell wouldn't pull it again. I'm also pretty sure I'm on a list somewhere as "not eligible for rehire." Once or twice during college I tried to apply for Kaplan jobs (at different locations, in another state) and despite good test scores and solid interviews I couldn't even get a phone call returned.
Now I'm moving again for grad school and a part-time job teaching GRE classes would be just what I need. There's a Kaplan location on campus, my scores are good enough, and I'd love to apply — but for all I know, I'm still on that list. What can I do to demonstrate that I'm not that flaky kid anymore and at least get my application considered?
Yeah, I'll probably apply to Princeton Review too. But Kaplan's got a more convenient location — and, silly as it sounds, it would be nice to be able to clear my name. So while I know the odds are against me, I'd like to try anyway, and I'm wondering what I can do to improve my odds.