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Monday, February 18, 2008

Opportunities for Educators from McHugh & Associates

McHugh & Associates, Inc. provides an array of services for educational publishers nationwide. We are currently in need of professional correlators to join our team. Correlators work on a contract basis from their home office and are responsible for creating documents which demonstrate the alignment of textbooks and other educational materials with state standards. We currently are in need of correlators for the following subjects: Math, Spanish, French, Science, Language Arts and Social Sciences.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Accurately complete assigned correlation work in a timely manner.
-Submit daily updates regarding work progress.
-Work cooperatively with other correlators on assignments as needed.

Requirements and Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree plus teaching certificate in applicable subject (certificate need not be current)
-2-5+ years of teaching experience at the middle or high school level preferred.
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-Accuracy and attention to detail.
-Superb organizational skills.
-High speed internet connection.

The amount of work will vary from time to time. Candidates must have flexible schedules and be able to begin working on projects with little notice. Typical projects require ten to twenty hours of work with a turn around time of three to ten calendar days.

Compensation based upon experience ($15/hour typical starting rate).

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Jessica Mandell at Applicants who meet the requirements may be asked to complete an aptitude test prior to working on any projects.

Laura's note: The email accompanying this announcement said they have a strong need for science correlators.


Liz said...

Thanks for posting this info -- I emailed my coverletter and resume today and they sent me an 'aptitude' test to complete about correlations.

This Scientist said...

Does anyone know about these guys? I "accepted" a "correlator" position two months ago and have not heard anything back since my paperwork went through regarding assignments. Is this a scam??

Anonymous said...

I am wondering about this company, too. $15 an hour is very low pay--and if they require an aptitude test, really. What's up?

Anonymous said...

I've searched the internet for an hour, and haven't found anything negative about this company. The contract says "In consideration of $25 paid and my work or continued work for McHugh & Associates, Inc. and the compensation paid to me as an independent contractor by McHugh & Associates, Inc., I, __________________________, of ___ hereby agree as follows:"
blah, blah
Does this mean they're asking for $25.00?
Does anyone else know about this company (i.e., are they on the level?)

Anonymous said...

They will ask you to sign a non-compete contract which means you will not be able to work for any competitors or any of the clients that they have even if you get do other work on your own for these clients and you get the work through your own channels. They will not pay you for doing the test, which they should. I would not work for them because of the non-compete issue. It isn't worth it.

Heather said...

Just a heads up...I do this type of "correlation" work for K12 already and I get paid $22 an hour, so $15 an hour seems pretty low for what's involved. I've never heard of this company, however, so I can't speak to their reputation.

Anonymous said...

I worked for this company doing correlation work for about a year. The non-compete was negotiable, at least for me. I don't think anyone hiring freelance employees should ask for a non-compete, but that's another story. They paid on time and I got plenty of correlating work. But I did find them to be very low-paying compared to other companies, and they had tight and demanding deadlines, with requirements for daily updates on work completed. It got too inflexible for me. But as for the company, they are legitimate and on the level. For the "$25 paid", they pay you $25 on the first invoice. I don't really understand why, but I assume it's a legal thing. But you don't pay $25, so there's nothing strange going on there.

Anonymous said...

I would be vary of any company who, like McHugh, has extremely low pay rates and non-competing clause, which is non-enforceable in the freelance world. In addition, asking for daily updates is very strange and reeks of inexperience if not incompetence. It sounds like he hires (or wants to hire) folks who have no experience at all and pay nothing. Freelancers should be paid for training. If you don't demand this, you will in many instances end up spending 5, 10, even 15 hours pouring over technical and content guidelines. The economy is terrible for a lot of people, but accepting work like this for a ridiculous amount of money doesn't help the business in the long run and runs quality into the ground. Garbage in, garbage out. If we stop accepting such low-paying projects, publishers and developers will catch on. But the more we accept unprofessional projects, the lower the rates will go. Also, be careful of folks who ask you to take a tests or deliver huge amounts of samples. Most reputable publishers and developers want experienced, reliable, and bright freelancers do are well connected in publishing and do not need to rely on such tactics. There are plenty of publishers and houses out there that pay well. Please don't give in to $15 per hour -- think about it, that's a lot less than a house cleaner makes.

Shirley said...

I did a correlation job for them several years ago after taking a little test. The pay then was $17 per hour and they wouldn't budge. They set my number of hours it would take to complete the job and that was the amount I'd earn. They paid promptly on the job completion, but I found them to be very specific about everything and you'd need to be detail oriented to do this sort of work. I turned down their second request (and never heard from them again, even with secondary science teaching experience) to take on a much higher paying freelance job. They are legit, but it's low pay.

Anonymous said...

I've done plenty of correlation work for other developers in the past; my assessment of McHugh is that the pay is low, the deadlines are extremely tight, and the process is way too complicated. It wasn't worth it to me. They are extraordinarily picky about standard "hits"; there's absolutely no fudging allowed.

Anonymous said...

I work for a major publishing company and we use McHugh frequently for correlation work. We have been very pleased with their work and they are one of our better vendors to work with. I can't speak much for the low pay, however I can say that the tight deadlines and requirements of daily updates come from the publishing company they work for. Our company requires tight correlations and we do a check on our end to make sure they were done correctly. If they are not, then we ask the vendor to go back and fix them. So, you can imagine why they demand high quality work in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I worked for them for almost two years. On the last assignment they gave me an upper level Spanish text that I told them I was uncomfortable with. They needed me to go ahead anyway. After that assignment, I never heard from them. I emailed them and the major supervisor had changed from Jessica to Isabel. Isabel told me that my last work was substandard. I asked them for opportunities to redo or to improve after all the time I had worked for them. Isabel's response was that she had chosen to go another way. I was really disappointed. The pay was low, but I could do it on my own schedule and did not have to work certain hours.

I would be interested to know what other companies I could work for to do correlations.

Laura said...

I've got an older post that discusses some correlation companies.
I haven't checked if the links still work, but it might help you broaden your opportunities.