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The Importance of a Tutor Photo

A profile with a photo = 300% more likely to be considered. 

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Which tutor profile would you least likely look at?  


Close to 40% of the tutors in our network of over 3,000 tutors have NOT uploaded a photo and only about 6% of them have received any requests.  


What is that all about?


Top reasons (excuses?) for a tutor's not posting a photo:

      1. didn't have time to post one when I created my account 
      2. too busy 
      3. too much trouble 
      4. don't know how to upload a photo on your site
      5. don't have any good photos
      6. don't have any photos on my computer
      7. don't want people to see I am on the web
      8. don't like to be photographed
      9. don't like how I look
      10. don't want people to see I am associated with Tutoring Match????  
      11. combinaton of the above???

If your profile is missing a photo, do these reasons/excuses resonate?   


If so, how do imagine your choice impacts on possible clients who have a choice between tutors with photos and those without?  Read on... 


Here's how many parents/students view profiles without photos:

  • Must not be that serious a tutor  
  • Shy? Secretive? Fearful? Sorry, I'm looking for a tutor with confidence.
  • Not sure I can trust a tutor who does not identify himself or herself.  
  • If you are going to meet my child in person, I would like to know what you look like.
  • I am not hiring a tutor based on appearances, but a first impression helps open the door.

Here's a sample of a typical search for study skills:

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ere are some advantages for having a profile photo: 

  • Your photo says something about your unique identity.
  • Your profile is more noticeable.  
  • A photo says something about your approachability, warmth, openness and attitude. 
  • Your photo encourages parents and students to click on your profile.
  • Tutors with profiles with photos (+ other required fields) will have another major advantage: 
    • the opportunity to use all 70+ marketing, payment and support services, tools, features, discounts and options. See Professional Membership.     

 Here are some tutor profiles with effective photos:   

Here's what happens to your profile without a photo: 

  • Your profile will continue to attract fewer parent/student visitors/VIEWS than profiles with photos.
  • In 2012 photo-less profiles will be placed at the end of all search results. 

Ask our Help Desk.


What is a "good" photo for my profile?

How is posting an unclear photo almost as bad, maybe worse, than not posting one at all?

Can I call your office and have you take me through the process?


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