Attention private instructors! There’s a new peer-to-peer marketplace called Schedule Any Lesson (SAL), where you can connect with consumers who want to pay you for private lessons.
To help make consumers feel safe, the folks at SAL will be encouraging their instructors to get a background check and each instructor’s profile will indicate if the instructor has a background check on file.
Why would you want to add a background check to your instructor profile and what kinds of information will your background check reveal?
The focus of a SAL background check is a person’s criminal history. A suprising number of Americans have some sort of criminal record in their past. According to a report from the Sentencing Project, at the end of 2014, between 70 million and 100 million Americans had a criminal record. While you might fear that a criminal record will automatically disqualify you from being engaged for lessons on SAL, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Many people may evaluate the type of conviction and how it would relate to their situation. For example, if a person had a non-violent misdemeanor conviction, a consumer may find this criminal record to be irrelevant.
Some consumers might also consider the amount of time that has passed since a crime was committed and if you are honest about the criminal record up front. Just because a person has a criminal record, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will be automatically overlooked for lesson gigs on SAL.
Also, if you have any criminal records, getting a background check will help you discover what is being reported so you can be prepared to explain what happened.
Here are the top 5 reasons to get a background check for your SAL profile.
1) Fix errors on your report
Getting a background check will enable you to discover any errors being reported so you can work with the screening company to get these errors fixed. You can then submit a clean copy of your background check to the people at SAL and compete for lesson gigs with greater confidence.
2) Share good news
If you have a clean report, you can add a link to your profile so consumers can download a PDF of your clean report, giving them greater confidence to hire you.
3) Stand out from the crowd
For whatever reason, some instructors will not get a background check. If there are any instructors in your area that do this, consumer will be much more likely to select you over these people if your profile shows that you have a background check on file, and especially if you let them download a copy.
4) Speed up the engagement
Whenever a consumer is looking to hire a private instructor, they may have qualification criteria that needs to be met. This may include viewing your resume, calling references, meeting you in person and verifying your background. Getting a background check and letting them download a copy from your profile can help convince them to engage you faster.
5) Honesty is the best policy
People value honesty. It makes them feel safe. Getting your background check and letting consumers download it from your profile can help immediately establish trust. Even if you have a conviction on your background check, if you are up front about it, explain the circumstances and how long it’s been since the crime ocurred, you may be surprised by how this level of honesty can work in your favor.
The SAL background check is a great tool that can be leveraged to help instructors secure more business. Click here to get your SAL background check today!