Steps For Finding Employment as a Nanny:
- PREPARE AND SEARCH
Prepare your resume or work history document related to childcare. Families need to see something that details your professional experience, education and background. It does not have to be fancy or long, but it must contain: Name/ Dates of Jobs With Children, Names/Dates of School/Training
- GATHER REFERENCE LETTERS, CERTIFICATIONS, CPR, FIRST AID
The more documents you have, the better. Ask former employers to write letters of recommendation so you have them as you need. Also, take photos of Baby Training Courses, CPR, First Aid Cards to be presented upon request.
- GET LOOKING!
In addition to posting on places like the Mommybites nanny board and Facebook, also try contacting agencies directly. I run my own nanny agency called the Tammy Gold Nanny Agency and you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another alternative is to ask friends if they know of families looking for nannies. Additionally, sign up with with online databases like Care.com or Sittercity.com, and look on free websites like Craigslist.com.
- MAKE CONTACT WITH SELECTED FAMILIES
Conduct a phone screening call or email to: 1. Learn the job requirements and 2. Schedule an in-person meeting.
- GO ON AN INTERVIEW
Meet the family and see if it matches your professional capabilities and personal needs.
- ARRANGE A PAID TRIAL
Ask the family for a trial period (one or two days to “see if it is a match”) and ask for compensation. Ask the families what they believe would be an acceptable trial compensation and if you agree, do the job as a trial to see how you feel.
- OFFER/CONTRACT PHASE
The family will make you a formal written offer. Then you and the family will go over the job agreement so that you are both in agreement. When you begin the job you will communicate the training needed in order to successfully begin.