The tanking American economy has resulted in an increasingly more competitive job market for nannies, and many people who had never previously considered nanny work before are now entering the field. Consequently, regardless of a nanny’s skills or experience, professional nannies have to do much more than before to make themselves competitive. Here are the best things you can do to ensure that you find and are hired for a nanny job you love:
Do Your Research
Obviously nannies know a lot about children, but knowing about children isn’t enough to impress potential employers in an interview. Make sure all of your knowledge is up to date, and be sure to place a few special areas of interest in your resume, portfolio, or online profile.
Know Your Potential Employer
If you’ve taught a 12 year old to speak Spanish or a sixteen year old to drive, that’s great, but it has little relevance to a family with a newborn. Find out about the children in your potential employer’s family before interviewing, and make sure you focus on discussing your skills and experience that are relevant to them. Read up on topics relevant to your potential employer and be sure to discuss them in your interview.
Make Yourself Stand Out
All nannies love kids. Nowadays, you need a stronger selling point than a simple love of children. Think about what’s unique about yourself and your nanny experience, what other candidates won’t be able to compete with, and focus on this in your interviews and discussions with the parents.
Treat looking for a nanny job like any other job search. Show up in appropriate (but comfortable-in case you play with the kids) attire for the interview. Be on time or early, and be respectful in phone and in person exchanges. Make sure to thank your potential employer for the interview, and send a thank you not, even if you don’t want the job. Making a good impression can only improve your reputation as a nanny, and impressing a family you do not want to work for may help with a word of mouth job search.
Be CPR Certified
Almost all children have a choking or other first aid emergency at one point or another, and parents know this. If you are not CPR and first aid certified, become certified as quickly as you can, and be sure to put this on your resume.
Build a Nanny Portfolio
A Nanny Portfolio is more than just a resume. It’s a collection of references, childcare philosophies, craft ideas, and other things that may be relevant to parents who may hire you. This is the thing that will give you the true wow factor in your interviews, and if you leave a copy of your portfolio with parents, they are more likely to both remember you and to hire you. To learn more about how to make a nanny portfolio, check out these links:
Remember to allow yourself plenty of time for your job search, to stay in touch with old employers so that you may use them as references, and to treat nannying as a profession worthy of respect.