Advice for Special Needs Caregivers

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Learn how to be a special needs nanny, babysitter or caregiver with these tips and checklists.
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Every child -- and every family -- has a different set of requirements. When interviewing for a job caring for a child with special needs...
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Find helpful strategies for caring for a child with special needs in our Caregiver Guide.
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Do you have a caregiving safety plan? Have the families you work for given you emergency contacts? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for special needs caregivers will help you keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns for everyone you care for.
You're scrolling through the job listings on sites like Care.com and you spot your perfect job. It's the one you've been waiting for, and you know you're the best person for the position....
As a basic provider, you know there are plenty of tools available to personalize your Care.com experience. You can tell us your schedule and when you're available for work. You can add references and ask...
Many caregivers are also students, combining busy school schedules with demanding jobs. Finding the time to complete homework, manage your class and work schedules, fulfill your employer's needs and...
Between the hours you spend searching and applying for open positions, finding a new job is exhausting. The trickiest part about the whole process is the competition. How do you stand apart from the rest...
It's easy to check items off your to-do list when you have half a day free. But what about when you only have an hour or even just a few minutes with nothing to do? Maybe you're a nanny who has an hour...
Whether you are trying to find a nanny job or are just starting your career as a housekeeper, you'll likely need to go on interviews. Putting your best foot forward before, during and after the interview...
Job searching is hard. Sometimes you find a great job immediately and sometimes it can take a while. Plus, you're busy and it can be difficult to devote all of your time to a job search. At Care.com, we...
When Eric Gabrielson, of Trenton, N.J., and his wife were looking for a nanny online, they often knew at first glance if one had potential. They instantly disqualified one profile filled with misspelled...
You know that honesty is the best policy, but do you really need to tell prospective employers about those unpaid parking tickets from college?
One of the best things about the holidays is how it feels when we give someone a present we know they will love. When it comes to gifts for the people who sign our paychecks, however, gift-giving rules...
Other than being a superstar caregiver, you may have many other skills under your belt that can be extremely valuable to families during every time of year. Set yourself apart from other candidates and...
You polished your profile, wrote a strong cover letter and submitted an application for an ideal caregiving job. But what now? Don't sit back, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Keep your name at...
It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone -- especially people who care for...
When you're searching for a new job on Care.com, it's important to have a detailed and accurate profile. But what's one of the most important parts of the page? The reviews!Caregivers with...
For students, the breaks between school semesters can be a period for relaxing and refocusing. But many people also use it as a time to earn extra cash. Whether you're searching for a summer vacation...
Throwing yourself into the job market can be overwhelming. Finding a caregiving job that ultimately suits you takes even more dedication on top of it. Care.com has many tools and resources to assist you...
Back-to-school season is just around the corner and families schedules are about to get chaotic! In fact, here at Care.com, we see huge increases in the number of jobs posted during the summer. Families...
Ever noticed a feature on the left side of your "My Care.com" page called "My Connections"? If you haven't tried it out yet, it's a valuable tool for finding a job. What...
Finding the right fit should be just as important to you as it is to the family you're interviewing for. While the employer will do their part in covering the necessary questions, you should come with...
Whether your picture was rejected from Care.com or families aren't responding to your job applications, it might be due to a bad picture. Didn't bother to upload a photo? It's likely families...
Your profile is up and now you're waiting for some action. When you're looking for a child care job online, your profile is your first chance to make an impression -- now make it count. If you're...
Every child -- and every family -- has a different set of requirements. When interviewing for a job caring for a child with special needs...
Searching for a new job is a job in and of itself. And when using an online job platform like Care.com, it's crucial to be ready for businesses and families to contact you anytime. The new year is...
Do you have a caregiving safety plan? Have the families you work for given you emergency contacts? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for special needs caregivers will help you keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns for everyone you care for.
At Care.com we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny or nanny job can be a little overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more and more people turn to our site...
A Care.com job alert is a message our caregivers receive, letting them know about brand new job opportunities. When families post openings onto Care.com, you'll be notified of the new opportunity...
When you're looking for a new job, you need to put your best foot forward at all times. But with today's world of social media, it's not always what you say, but what you've said that matters...
Have you been looking for a job on Care.com and noticing that some of the openings sound a little similar or generic? Don't worry, it's not spam! Care.com has a Job Wizard to help families quickly...
Did you know that using too many exclamation points or misspelled words can cost you a job? Over and over again, families complain about one thing: caregivers with sloppy profiles and messages with lots...
How to Find Special Needs Jobs
You’re back from an interview -- and it seemed to go really well! But then days go by and you hear…nothing. One of the most frustrating aspects of applying for a new job is when the family...
When you're applying to jobs on Care.com, what's one of the most important things to have on your profile? A great profile picture!In fact, you're more than twice as likely to be contacted...
Start the new year off right. It's no longer plain old January. It's now the month you're going to finally land that dream job (or jobs). In your honor, we're renaming it #jobuary!When...
No matter the job you're seeking, you are bound to be competing against worthy candidates. To stand out from the crowd, start with a great profile that helps you shine on paper and reflects your strengths...
The bio section of your profile on Care.com can be your biggest selling point -- or end up costing you a job. But when you sit down to fill it in, it's easy to get hit with a big case of writer's block....
Finding a great caregiving job -- whether you're a nanny, sitter, senior care aide, housekeeper, pet sitter, etc. -- can be tough. Many people take the same old approach. They apply to a job, wait to hear...
There’s no question that the competition is tough for finding a caregiving job. There may be lots of great candidates in your area. So how do you make your Care.com profile really stand out?Potential...
At Care.com, we love getting feedback from our members -- it helps us to understand the thoughts, issues and concerns of families and caregivers on our site. We also love giving our members an opportunity...
Could a respite care job be in your future?Not sure what that means? Read up on What Is Respite Care? »This type of job might be tough and demanding, but if you have compassion and empathy and a...
Have the dust bunnies made themselves at home, not only under your bed, but also on your profile? Use this time to spring clean your information on Care.com so your profile stands out from the crowd. Here...
When you're looking for a job -- whether it's one caring for a child, a pet, a home or someone who is elderly or has special needs, etc. -- it's important to be aware of all your options. While many of...
Interview Tips
When you're a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter or other type of caregiver, finding the right job and right family involves so many factors, many of which are simply out of your control. "This job...
While a well-tailored suit and button-down are expected attire when applying for a job at an investment bank, it’s not the norm when applying for a caregiving position. When dressing for an interview,...
Pay Rates, Training, References and Safety Issues
Working as a nanny or other type of caregiver can be unpredictable. The parents both work late one night and then they also need you on that weekend. In a blink, you have a 55-hour work week under your...
Working as a caregiver is rewarding in many different ways. You have a flexible schedule and get to help people on a daily basis. But if your bank account needs a little extra boost, use Care.com to make...
The holiday season shakes up everyone's schedule. The kids are off from school, families travel and social calendars become filled with family get-togethers, holiday parties, church activities and...
When you were first hired, you may have jumped on the job because you needed the money -- any money. But have you taken the time to make sure you're being paid at least the minimum wage?About 23 percent...
 As a household worker, you should view yourself - and demand to be treated - as a professional. Part of being a professional is being paid legally rather than under the table. Yes, there are taxes,...
Unfortunately online scams and fraud are becoming more common. And among those that fraudsters are targeting are nannies, babysitters and caregivers.Online safety is extremely important to us at Care.com....
It's summertime and you're all set to visit friends across the country for a few days. Your bags are packed and you booked a ticket. But wait, did you check with the family you work for first? Remember...
As someone who makes a living caring for others, you offer your best work every day. If you’ve held the same job for a while and your pay rate hasn’t increased -- but your experience and responsibilities...
When you’re a caregiver, you know life is unpredictable. Families move, children grow older and families face financial hardships -- all of which can result in you losing your job through no fault...
You can make a great living working for many families instead of just one. Maybe word has spread about your reliability as a pet sitter and you work for 15 regular families every week. Or maybe you juggle...
The health insurance industry went through a major change in 2014, as the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- also known as ObamaCare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
When you get any job, one of your first questions is often "How much money will I bring home?" Take home pay for caregivers can vary widely, but should always be based on gross pay -- not net pay. When...
As a caregiver, you know you’re considered a household employee, not an independent contractor, so when your new family tells you they’d rather not pay taxes, you’re a taken aback. In...
When you spend your days cleaning houses or caring for children, pets or adults, things can get messy. Very messy! It's easy to throw on sweats and t-shirts every day when you're a caregiver. But a caregiving...
Families sometimes see household workers like nannies, senior caregivers, etc., as independent contractors, not as employees. You may have even heard from friends that have hired caregivers before...
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