Part of our hiring process is answering one essay question. Check out the tips below as you work on your application.
Tip #1: Before starting your application, have ready:
- Any Relevant Certifications
- TEA ID number (if you have one)
- An official or unofficial transcript
Tip #2: You should apply to the position you are most interested in and for instructional candidates, qualified to teach.
Even though you have the option to apply for multiple positions, each application is reviewed thoroughly to ensure minimum qualifications are met. For instructional candidates, we will review your transcripts to determine what subjects you are qualified to teach to be admitted into our Alternative Certification Program upon hire. For example, if you majored in English or took many English courses in college, you might consider applying to be a middle or high school English Language Arts Teacher. You can learn more about teacher certification qualifications here.
Tip #3: YES Prep uses a "Holistic Review" process.
Not necessarily a tip but you can rest assured that we look at your application in its entirety – we do not just look at one component or use absolute floors and ceilings to make decisions. We will carefully review your academic background at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, past professional experiences and accomplishments, as well as your essays.
Tip #4: Here are specific tips for composing a strong response to our essay questions:
- Revise, Proofread, Revise, Proofread. Submitting carefully reviewed essays will show us how much you care about the potential to work at YES Prep. Consider reaching out to a trusted peer, mentor or supervisor to ask for help reviewing your essays and resume before submission.
- Answer all parts of the question. Read the questions carefully, and ensure you address all parts of the question in your response. Strong answers demonstrate an understanding of YES Prep’s mission and work, shows a passion for education reform and educational equity for all students, and shows vulnerability and humility on the part of the applicant.
- Ensure your essays are an appropriate length. We recommend a length of 250-300 words.
Tip #5: For references, reach out to current and past supervisors.
If you do not have work experience, reach out to professors. Refrain from including friends, family or peers. Be sure to inform your references that they will hear from us.