I agree with the posting suggestion from #11 regarding the term of "consultant" listing on a resume. It appears as though some posters are skeptical of listing one's involvement with enotes, but I must disagree. I know that this kind of "consulting" with specific questions makes me a more reflective and involved professional. I challenge myself to answer questions with works I haven't necessarily taught in years, and this is a positive experience for me. I don't consider myself an expert on every piece of literature, but I do consider myself well read, and I enjoy the opportunity to dig back deeply into those works that I no longer have the opportunity to discuss with my class due to schedule changes and the like.
I hadn't thought of including it on my resume; although I make a little bit of money from it, I don't see it as a job, really; it's a bit like some of the blogging I do that provides a small amount of compensation. I also agree, despite being called "editors" what we do on here is not really anything like the professional editing I do...nor does it pay as well!
I like the idea of consultant. I have been puzzling over this question as I think my e-notes work is valuable and I always counted it as a hobby until my husband pointed out that it is a form of freelance work. I was uncomfortable using editor as this didn't feel like a clear enough descriptor of what we do for those not in the know.
I think enotes editors would probably need to refer to themselves as consultants on their resumes. Unless we are submitting lesson plans and study guides, we're not really writers. And even though enotes calls us editors, we're not what is traditionally thought of as an editor. Our work is freelance in the sense that enotes employs us on a work for hire basis. So that's my suggestion: consultant.
I also add enotes in my resume as additional experience especially in gaps in my career whe traveling overseas for a long time or having a baby. It is a great reference so you sgow them that your keeping up with your education and not just on leave for A WHILE
I would have to agree with post #4 in regard to being cautious because some people who are not very familar with the site might think it is a "cheat site."
In listing enotes on your resume, I would put it under 'Freelance Writing" and focus the description more on contributing teacher materials and writing lesson plans rather than answering questions.
I currently list eNotes on my resume, since my most recent job searches have been of the educational variety. I certainly think it is a positive example of a very pleasurable work experience.
Agreeing with epollock partly, I only list it on my resume if I am applying for a job or a post to do with teaching English Literature. I wouldn't bother for anything else. I guess you need to think about what being an e-notes editor says about you to potential employees. For me I hope it says that I am committed to keeping updated with the kinds of texts and issues and questions that students are asking nationwide. It also demonstrates a certain level of IT ability and a commitment to sharing and being part of an online community. Can't be bad messages to come over to a potential employer!
Since I've freelanced for a few places over the past years, I put "Freelance Educational Writer for educational publishing companies" on my resume... something like that. If you really analyze e-notes, it is full of wonderful resources and teachers who don't write students' essays for them, but point them in the right direction. However, I know many people see these online sites as "cheat sites," and truly, some of them are. But if you haven't really looked at them, you wouldn't know which ones the kids are paying to write their essays, and which ones kids are going to to read study guides that help them understand a text better. I'd much rather have my students visit e-notes and get help figuring out what the text is all about than sit there lost and unable to get involved in class discussion.
I would be worried about people thinking that it is a way of enabling plagiarism. I do not think that it necessarily is, but I would worry that I might be hurting myself in the eyes of the people reviewing my resume.
I think we do a good job on here of trying to explain things to students rather than just giving them answer for their homework, but I'd be afraid that someone with power might not see it this way.
I would think a person could list it on a resume or vita as an item in the same category as professional memberships and/or positions held in professional organizations. I haven't done that--but now that you mention it--it might be worth considering!
What a fascinating idea!
Very interesting topic! I want to share my own experience. I have recently updated my resume adding that I am working as the debater and an expert at eNotes in the "co-curricular activities" section. And, what I've felt is that this has helped my CV be enriched. I've been saying this getting positive evaluations.
It all comes down to the frequency. If you are answering 100 questions a day and it is more than a hobby, then by all means you should list it under employment since you receive remuneration for it. If you only answer a few questions a week, then it should not be listed. It is not always necessary to list everything, more is not better, better is better.