Being a nanny is exhausting work. There’s always a mess, a crisis, a tantrum, or some other form of melodrama, and this is just the exhaustion nannies feel when they’ve started the job! Finding a nanny job can be even more exhausting, and many nannies who are just starting out don’t know how to find a nanny job. Here are the best resources for finding a nanny job:
Where To Look
You have to start somewhere, and where you look can make a huge difference in the quality of jobs you find. Here are some preliminary sources:
Craigslist is free, which means posting is easy and you’re likely to get lots of responses. The downside is that, well, Craigslist is free, and thus there’s a huge proportion of slave labor jobs and/or crazy bosses. If you’re using craigslist, you should be practicing the utmost caution in your nanny job search.
A nanny agency is the place of choice to go if you’re an experienced nanny who knows what you want out of a family. A good nanny agency does extensive background checks on both the nanny and the family, and is accredited by the International Nanny Association.
Nannies For Hire
Nannies For Hire is an excellent resource that provides numerous ways to search for a family. For a nanny who knows what she wants but who does not want to go through an agency, this is a great start.
The Nanny Network
The Nanny Network is perhaps the most extensive nanny-related website on the internet. It has an active message board full of members who can advise you on everything from job transitions to finding a job and negotiating your pay. Their job search section is relatively small, but if you’re looking for assistance in finding a job, this place is worth a look.
ENanny Source is another excellent site dedicated to helping you find a nanny job that has been around for several years. With a paid membership you can see more information about the families and you are also able to search according to a huge variety of criteria for families.
Sitter City started as an exclusively baby-sitter searching site, but many families have started looking for nannies and tutors on the site as well. This site is typically not a good choice for experienced nannies because most of the jobs are part-time gigs for beginning nannies. However, the site does have several cool features, including allowing you to run a background check on yourself.