8 Ways to Ace the Job Interview

Looking for a job as a nanny, babysitter, tutor, senior care aid or pet caregiver? Here are tips to prepare you for the interview.

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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 is crucial to getting the job. From researching a family before the interview to knowing when to send a thank you note, having an interview for a caregiving position presents its own unique challenges.

Take these tips from two career experts, Steven Steinfeld, a job coach in Chicago and author of "3 Steps To Your Best Job Ever!" and New York City-based career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman, author of "Coach Yourself to a New Career," and put them to the test in your job search.

  1. Do Your Research
    Many articles on helpful career advice say that you should research the job and the company before going on an interview. As a caregiver, that can be difficult. While it's important to know a bit about the family you're interviewing with, it's trickier to research a family than it is to research a company. However, there are tools to help you find out more about a prospective family.

    "If you have the parents' names and know where they live, use Google to find out about them," Steinfeld advises. "You'd be amazed to see what comes up online." For example, if a parent is involved with a charity, you might get a sense of their passions. "You'll want to see if you have anything in common with the parents so you can establish a common ground," says Steinfeld.

    Other online tools include Facebook and LinkedIn. Both can inform you about a family's favorite activities or work history. You can also tap into your network and take your research low-tech by asking fellow caregivers if they, or someone they know, have worked for the family.

    When you actually meet the interviewer, you don't want to come off as a creepy stalker and recite their birthday and their childhood pet's name. But it can help you get a sense of who they are beforehand, and topics you may want to bring up.

  2. Refresh Your Portfolio
    A portfolio is a crucial component of the job interview. Steinfeld advises keeping letters of recommendation from previous employers, references and copies of any certifications or licenses relevant to your job, such as a copy of your driving record. Make sure your certifications are up-to-date and valid in the state in which you are applying for a job.

    For more information on what you need, read our article on 11 Things to Bring on a Nanny Interview

  3. Dress Appropriately
    It can be tricky to know what to wear to an interview for a caregiving position. You don't want to look too formal, but you definitely don't want to look as though you're ready to clean out the attic.

    "No matter what you are interviewing for, you want to look as professional as possible. If you have a suit, wear the suit. If you don't have a suit, wear business casual clothes, like ironed pants and a blouse," Steinfeld says. For an extra touch, add a blazer. You may be asked to interact with a child or pet, so don't be afraid to get your clothes dirty -- washing machines were invented for a reason.

  4. Arrive Early, But Not Too Early
    Plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes before the interview, especially if you are interviewing at the family's home. You don't want the family to feel rushed by arriving long before the scheduled start time. If you're worried about being on time, get there earlier and park down the block. If you're running late, call right away and explain the situation (but don't be late if you can help it!).

  5. Be Passionate
    Show you're interested in the job. "People get hired for their personality, so remember to come across as excited about the job," Brown-Volkman says, adding that smiling and nodding can go a long way toward showing your interest in the interview.

  6. Talk about Yourself
    Get ready to tell the prospective family what you can do for them. "Be as honest as you can be, but don't say anything negative, especially about a past employer," Steinfeld says. Limit yourself to two minutes when discussing your skills and accomplishments and try to bring in interesting or funny anecdotes when you can -- they will make you memorable and personable. Talk about an amazing craft project you did with a child or why you really enjoyed looking after a particular pet.

  7. Ask to Meet the People or Pets
    As a caregiver, you will likely spend the majority of your time with your charges. So focus on the child, pet or senior during the interview. However, they probably won't attend the initial interview with the decision makers. "During the interview, ask if you can meet the person or pet who needs care," says Brown-Volkman. By doing so, you are showing interest in the job and that you want to create a bond with the person or pet that might be in your care.

  8. Follow up with a Note
    After you've finished your interview, send a handwritten thank you note to the interviewing family that night. "Tell the family that you enjoyed meeting them, and that you are enthusiastic about the position. In addition, remind them of your qualifications in your note," Steinfeld says.

With a bit of preparation, you'll feel confident and eager during the interview process and you'll show the prospective family how amazing you are. After all, acing the interview is often the key to landing the job.

Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er. " She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I'm a Trader Joe's Fan. Her work can be found here.

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Comments (62)
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Jessie R.
Sometimes I feel that because of your age you are not considered.It doesn't matter how much experience you might have am 71 but very active health is good,a retired preschool teacher with credentials and have applied for Date Night Sitter as well ad part time Nanny as of yet no response.
Posted: April 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM
Peg M.
I love Care.com I've gone on a few interviews. As a woman who has 20 years cleaning experience 2 things bother me. First, why do people who only want a one time cleaning not say that up front, rather than lead us to believe they are hiring us to stay on? Secondly, I have given out my references to 2 people who really bothered my references on the phone before I even met the homeowner. Why would anyone give out personal phone numbers and names to strangers? I've lost one reference due to this. Never again will I give out personal info before I meet the homeowner!
Posted: April 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM
Paula D.
Paula D. I am new to Care.com but I have had very good luck with getting jobs. I applied for 3 when I first started and 1 answered me and they live about 1/2 mile from me so I was able to not charge them as much as I normally would because I don't have to drive very far at all. Overall I think it is a good site for people looking for work but you're definitely not gonna get rich working from the ads on here
Posted: April 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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Judith S.
I just joined care.com as a senior care giver. Since I am not a CNA I was wondering if it would be inappropriate if I was to wear scrubs or something similar on the job? Suggestions on appropriate attire would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: April 18, 2014 at 7:20 AM
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Shavonne W.
I have been with care.com for a few years now and I really like the web site. The only concern I have is when they changed the website and now you can contact the families personally but you have to pay to do that. I don't think that fair to charge caregivers money in order to contact families by phone or email and there is no guarantee that you will get the position. I just stick with sending families messages through the site. One of the reasons we apply to the positions posted on this site is so that we can earn a living and to have to pay money when you aren't making any doesn't make sense to me. I do really like the site though. I have found some really good families on this site.

Posted: April 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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Kate H.
This is very helpful! I'll make sure to use these tips in future interviews!
Posted: April 07, 2014 at 10:51 PM
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Lisa K.
Love Care.com....but there is one thing that really, really bothers me.

I have my pay scale posted on my profile. I NEVER apply for a position that is above or below my pay scale.

When I go for an interview, I am constantly told I am out of their price range and am I negotiable. What?????

Why do these people post a dollar amount and then say they cannot afford your fees? So now I have sat through 1 hour interviews .....and then being told I am out of their price range.

I just don't understand this. If you want someone for $5 an hour, then hire a teenager....not someone with tons of experience and many certifications.
Posted: April 03, 2014 at 6:05 AM
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Clara J.
I have been with care.com since 2007 (I believe), and have had several senior care jobs through this website. I have referred countless other caregivers to care.com, too. It takes a while to get a match, but all the clients/patients and families that I have worked with through care.com have been excellent. I just said goodbye to my most recent patient at the beginning of March when she transitioned into eternity. I miss her dearly, she was a dear heart who often made me laugh. I am once again looking for another patient to care for and I know that care.com will come through again.

Thank you, care.com for bridging the gap. Because of you so many people are connected and have needs met. You're a true lifesaver!
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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Vaida R.
To Dina P. ... 15$ per hour for cleaning house ... Is family provides chemicals and cleaning equipment ? Are chemicals natural ? If not that is not fair pay, you have to pay for gloves, mask and rest of supplies to protect your self from germs and inhaling chemicals, which could lead to health problems and more money from your pocket to pay your medical bills. Some chemicals could cause asthma, especially when you clean houses daily.
Good luck and take care yourself Vaida
Posted: March 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM
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Leisha H.
New to the care.com team looking forward to getting good respond in the HHA field I try nanny but have not received any job yet.
Posted: March 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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Liliana B.
This article is very interesting and a good experience to read because sometimes people get so nervous in the interviews that forget the simple things of it.
Posted: March 07, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Anna-lisa F.
I have raised 2 wonderful,smart,,mannerly children ( a girl 21 in college majoring in special education & a son 16 an honor student). My entire adult career which spans over 30 years I have worked with newborns,special needs children,and children of all ages & have enjoyed it all. I've worked in a hosp, for 4 yrs,a pediatric practice for 20 yrs & the past 5 yrs as a Nanny.
I know these days it takes 2 incomes to run a family ( I'm a single Mom),but some of these people want you to do everything for their children,from Drs.appts to taking kids for haircuts & then want you to take care of their home to the point of cleaning ( I love the term "light tidying up" means laundry to making meals for the entire family,to completing homework for 3 kids in 3-4 hrs time & get annoyed if 1 little thing isn't done. Everyone gets sick or has a emergency in the family at 1 time or another ( and I'm NOT talking about the Nannies that take advantage of this),and then the family you work for gets annoyed,because THEY don't have a plan B. My son last year had a operation on his knee & I told the family the day,time,etc. Till this day I don't remember if they forgot or just figured I was going to leave my son @ home after being discharged,because it was same day surgery,or what. I couldn't have been more clear,but I got a call at 11AM asking me where I was? When I told the story all over again,they asked if he really needed me to stay with him,I was stunned. Stupid me being afraid I'd lose my job went to work & left my kid alone with a bucket in case he had to get up to go to the bathroom,till my daughter got home 4 hrs later. Both families I worked for were almost never on time getting home ( I'm talking an hr late,mainly cause someone went shopping or had nails done)& just assumed I had no life & let's face it,was I really going to leave 2 small children alone? After we had a massive hurricane "Sandy",even tho the state called Marshall Law I was expected in. I got stopped 3xs by police & had to use my old hosp ID to get through,I was 15 mins late & they stayed home from work,not even a thank-you.
I have had people set up interviews & then call me the last minute to say can we do it another time? or after we talked it over we are not sure what we are going to do. I've had people tell me the position that says they need someone within weeks turn around & say we need you to start in 4 mons. More then likely if you're looking for a job there isn't a lot of people that sit around & wait 4 mons with no pay.And most of these people are educated (even tho they think I;m not till I tell them & even then it makes not much difference),think you're below them. I've asked for contracts & it's rare someone will agree to one. I feel if someone was taking care of my children & everything is done & they know it's the best of care,I'd treat them with the upmost respect,keeping in mind the fine line of employer/employee. BUT the very best was when I had a couple that belonged to a very exclusive country club ( which mind you my parents belonged to years before),that had a pool. The 3rd hottest Summer on recorded in NJ was that year & they demanded that the kids went to the pool for 6 hrs a day. The news,Drs,and the weather people were warning NOT to be out in it for more then a few hrs at a time even with a pool. The 4th day came around & I couldn't even pick up my head,was dizzy,and sick to my stomach. My kids rushed me to the hospital & I knew I had heatstroke. Made no difference at all to the parents "they paid for it they wanted them there",there were many days that there was 4 or 5 people there only.
I love Care.com,but maybe before parents join up some of these things should be put in writing to make them understand in any other case the labor board would come down on them & the same rules apply.Not to mention offering $5.00 an hr. Maybe they should have a background check run on them to let us know they just didn't get out of jail for murder,rape,or drugs,afterall our safety is just as important. I'm sure Care agrees with that. Thank-you
Posted: February 13, 2014 at 4:15 AM
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Cathy W.
I have been a Professional Nanny for many years and mainly found people through agencies and/or people who knew other people who needed help. Then heard about care.com and joined 2 years ago. I have found both my last 2 families with 1 year agreements (until I found something else usually) and loved each of these families which I see quite frequently. Was hired on the spot of the interview.

Now I am searching again and have had a Great experience so far with interviews yet find some do not want to pay for the experience you have in this career which is sad plus hard to make a living.
Posted: February 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM
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Bwezani Richard M.
Thanks for the tips . Am a CNA/Caregiver and when i have an interview its usually with the decision makers .
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 7:22 PM
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Eastan D.
I love care.com I have received 2 great jobs by using care.com I also just had an interview for another job. What I would like to know is if anyone has an example thank you note for a child care interview?
Posted: January 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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Olga L.
Hello! I'm new to Care.com. I'm excited to receive some feedback from prospective jobs. I'm hoping all works out. I just love kids and pets! Fingers crossed and best wishes to everyone!
Posted: January 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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Dina P.
To all you house cleaners. I make 15 dollars an hour cleaning top to bottom in a 4 level home in Winchester. I do laundry and bed changing and childcare. I don't believe this is a fair pay. Please let me know what you think
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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Nelia V.
I'm just new here in care.com, I hope i can find a job here, being nanny or baby sitter,that is my best skills, for how many years taking care with my kids.and a lot of experience being mother at the same time babysit with them.
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 5:36 PM
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Je'nette K.
i had to write down these helpful tips, thank you
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Care.com Member Care
Hi Cindy! We have both options. You can pay for a background check to have on file in your account. If you have one on file, then families can request access to it. Families can also choose to run a background check on you, and if it's one that you don't have on file then they would pay for it. To purchase a background check to have on file, log in to your account and go to the "My Background Check" section on the left column of your home page! Hope this helps!
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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Maria Z.
I am new to care.com I'm 24 yrs old I don't know if that's going to be a problem because I don't have that much of experience like others but I'm passionated with what I do! Number one thing is to love what you do and I love kids! Good thing is that I have great recommendation letters because I been working since I was in high school as a nanny and a housekeeper !!! I hope for the best! Good luck to all of y'all !!
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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Linda C.
I would just like to add one comment here. Everyone that answers an ad in writing should check their spelling. Some of these comments didn't even make sense. If you have trouble writing, please have someone check it for you. It makes a bad first impression when you mis-spell words and your sentences don't make sense. Just a word of advice. Thanks and good luck to all.
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM
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Cindy D.
This may seem like a silly question, however I was wondering if the person that is seeking a position ever has to pay for a background check when the family request one? Or does the family pay for it?
Posted: January 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM
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Maxilene F.
Hi i am so proud to be a part of this amazing website care.com had change my life i sign up with this website one months after i got hire by a wonderful jewish family i recommend this site to everyone that looking for a good opportunity be patient and you will get to.
Posted: December 02, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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Mary I.
I am new to Care.com and am happy to say I am well qualified for one-on-one senior care for single or couples. I have raised a large family and am very experienced in many areas of in-home care and assisted living. An extensive history of positive references has kept me busy through the years.Widowed in 2006, am now remarried to a wonderful man. We are both healthy and active with an very large and growing extended family. Am looking forward to connecting with a caring family focused on giving the best to their loved one(s). Care.com is a new and exciting avenue to cultivate new clients in my career.
Posted: November 19, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Kay B.
Im 17 and im alittle nervousabout all this but I love to work with young children...
Posted: October 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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Valerie B.
A lot of jobs are looking for people who will cook meals also, I'm not a bad cook but a meat and potato cook, Now everyone is into really healthy eating...is it okay to ask them to be specific about how to cook for their family, or does that make me seem clueless? Help! THERE ARE SO MANY JOBS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR COOKD AS WELL...
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 9:23 PM
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Valerie B.
First SHANNON, you're not going to find unsafe perspective employers on Care.com! Every on is different however, I have gone on interviews and met some really stuffy people...unfortunately the more money the stuffier. Don't worry about experience, my dear, motherhood...first of all...is the BEST you got going for yourself. Thats huge. You managed to raise a couple kids and you all LIVED through it! We all gotta start somewhere! I am 58 and honestly, a lot of employers are seeking out more mature women for these positions because we've gathered much knowledge and wisdom over the years. When you go on interviews, ask a lot of questions about the kids you'll be watching...not ad nauseam, but you know....
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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Shannon E.
I am nervous. I read all the comments here and just about to take the leap of Faith into this new adventure. I am 50 years old and just moved to Austin, Texas. I have raised two children of my own and they are 23 and 26 years old now and living on their own. I was married for 27 years and my husband has passed away. So it is just me now. Growing up I did a lot of baby sitting. Then when I got married we had two children. I was a stay at home mom who did everything myself. Before my husband passed I attended school to become a Registered Dental Assistant. I was actively looking for a job when my husband passed. I have the RDA from school but have not worked in a job pertaining to that yet. I have found that most all Dental offices want their employee to have on the job experience and how do you get that if you just graduated or if you don't have current experience the they want yet be bi-lingual which I am not. So I thought I know he to run a home ad tea are of children so I thought I would try this but All I have is my two children to vouch for me as a care giver as well as my mother watching me be a mother and wife. I need as much feed back from everyone on here as to how to put my best foot forward and become a nanny full time. Please offer me as much feed back and advice to help me as you can. I need to get a job......I am kind of afraid to post an add due to so many weirdos out there and my safety. Any suggestions? My name is Shannon.
Posted: September 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Member Care
Hi Denise,

We are so glad to hear about your positive experience with Care.com! We work hard every day to help care providers, such as yourself, to connect with the best possible family given your situation, and we love to hear our members' success stories!

We are also happy that you have taken advantage of the resources available to you on the site and otherwise. Our Member Care team works tirelessly to respond in a timely fashion to all member inquiries, and to provide the best information available.

We are so happy for you and wish you all the best with your new position!
Posted: September 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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Denise H.
Hi, I would like to say that after one year of the free service, and many heartfelt applications with no results, I finally looked at and took the advice of the Care.com staff. I emailed questions and they got back to me, usually within a day, with helpful tips and advice. Most of the things they coached me with are already on the website. I had to get very serious, as I needed to be working within one month. I upgraded my profile, spent the very reasonable $20, and it became a full time job seeking a job! I am happy to report I now am working at a job I absolutely love. I had to make some concessions, especially with the net pay, after taxes. It took the family and I a while to figure it all out, but although I will not be getting rich, I know what to expect and hopefully can stay afloat. In this economy, unless you happen to find that lucky family that has enough to spare, we do have to take their budgets in mind, as well. As long as it is all clear, things should go well with a little give and take. As long as ALL the GIVE is not one sided, with people TAKING advantage of our good hearts. Figure out your bottom line and don't accept anything lower, that's not sustainable.
I also look at my job as an opportunity to spend time with the children, who are the most important people in the equation. I am grateful to Care.com for the help, professionalism, experience, and mostly for the opportunity to connect with families who are potential employers and their children, who are potential lifelong friends!
PS) I found out after I upgraded my profile that you can google Care.com coupons for a code that gives you $5 off.
Posted: September 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM
Carmen R.
Hello ladies, I just signed for care.com at the end of the month, and I had three interviews. Still nothing concrete but I am hoping something will come up. Do not give up there is a job wit our names on it somewhere just keep up.
Good luck to every one,
Posted: September 09, 2013 at 9:19 PM
Roxanne L.
Evening ladies , thanking all of you for your great feed back and sharing your personal experiences . @ Rehannah I believe , you asked for an opinion on your picture .. I will be honest and say that you should take another one . Frankly , with all due respect to everyone ... as a black woman you have to be more than most ... not trying to play the race card .. personally , I'd have a picture with NO glass in my hand , a lot more conservative , a blouse and skirt , solid colored dress ( no bright colors ) and a close up with little make up .

I can't remember all names the 62 yr old nanny , and Rebecca .. I totally relate . Age and not paying monthly dues .Two months no hits . Good luck ladies , stay strong .
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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Zaphesheya D.
Rebecca A. has a point there. People want everything but are not willing to pay. And when you are good at what you do, people take it for granted just because you are the "help". For me care.com has not yielded many results and I was looking at the number of applications I have sent. My word its a lot. Also wanted to ask do you guys have a generic application that you send or do you construct an application every time you apply?
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM
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Melissa C.
Rebecca, you are exactly correct. A WHOLE LOT OF SOMETHING FOR NEXT TO NOTHING!!!

As a housekeeper, babysitter and organizer, a lot of people think they can get all my services for a dirt cheap price. I just experienced someone who thought I was going to clean her home from top to bottom for only $10 an hour. I mean she wanted EVERYTHING done. A lot of families on care.com are unrealistic of pricing just because we are individuals and not companies.

A combination of families trying to save money and workers trying to make money is not a good combination!
Posted: August 09, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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Rebecca R.
I have been on the site for several years... I wish I could say my experiences have been good. It seems like most families want a whole lot of something for next to nothing. :( Atleast in my area this appears to be so. People that post ads need to start responding to those that take the time to answer those same ads. It's just common courtesy and, in my opinion, makes the family look better. I had one woman who seemed nice over the phone, but kept rescheduling the meeting... I would get a message the day before saying something came up or I will call you this day... Went round and round with her for a month... Maybe it's time to make the families do background checks and post their references IE: former sitters/nannies.... Just a thought!
Posted: July 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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Diane C.
Thanks for everyone's advise. I am also having a hard time getting people to reply back to me. I wonder is it my age (62)? I have been a nanny for over 10 years. I have great references and don't know where to go from here. HELP!
Posted: July 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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Cheryl C.
I find that inquires do come my way,and mostly through clients that I have not contacted nor have their ads online.. I will also say that not everyone that contacts me is an option for me as well. Some are not in a position to pay the fees that you may require.

I can say I am extremely overall satisfied with the care site. I have been using this site for my employment for 3-4 years now. Even though job offers only come my way a few times a year, I have been able to make them my full-time income and I am a single lady. :) ( I have worked for more than one family at a time as well)

One comment about no response from those you apply with... I have this happen all the time as well. I attribute this to most not being willing to pay the membership fees in order to make contact.
Posted: July 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM
Kha'raven S.
I have been doing Care.com for a few years and what i learned is the more information you give the family, the better chance you have of getting a call back. give them various ways of contacting you not just through Care.com. also continue to educate yourself by taking free online classes on childcare. majority has certificates that come with it. it cost little to non. most no more then 6 to 10 dollars, thats only for the certificate the classes are FREE.
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Wendy F.
I have found myself very busy intgerviewing and able to earn a living.I am always very passionate about what I do...and take notes girls when your on an interview.It is very professional.
Wendy F
Posted: July 15, 2013 at 4:45 AM
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Marie E.
My name is Marie I would like to thank care.com,I can say you're the best and I am proud of you.
Posted: July 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Kazia C.
Hello care.com, My name is kazia and i recently joined care.com in hopes of landing a positon...Everyone on here seem really nice....Im just worried about some families expectations of a nanny. And not so much the job duties, but the actual appearance of the nanny...Any thoughts????
Posted: July 07, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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Monika R.
I joined several months and had applied for a lot of different jobs. Had one bite,but she decided to do something else and than I had an Interview which went very well,but I had to turn down b/c the gas would have cost more than what I would have gotten paid. Now I found a House cleaning job and so far Im loving it,but I need more than one gig to pay my bills.Dont give up,I think this a wonderful site :)
Posted: July 06, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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Rehanna A.
Does everyone see the picture chosen from care.com for me? I tried twice before this one to put up a nice smiling picture that mostly showed my face while sitting down. Care.com rejected both pictures. So then I chose this current picture and surprisingly it was chosen. I kind of think that picture actually detracts people.
Also, I think many families are more attracted to the more mature women. Many job seekers actually put that in their requests. I can definitely understand why. If I was seeking a babysitter, especially a nanny, I'd feel more comfortable choosing a more mature person as well. I just think these wonderful women don't have as much of a challenge as so many of us do. But I am encouraged to know that I am not the only one having problems of landing a job. I'm glad I read these comments. So, I will continue to work as hard as I have been. Thanks everyone. Oh, let me know what you guys think of my current photo :).
Posted: July 05, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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Susan H.
I LOVE care.com! I have landed several positions with wonderful families. Tomorrow I will interview for a summer nanny position. I'm so excited to meet the family and possibly nanny for a five month old baby girl. I love all the info on being a great nanny. It is excellent advice. Thanks for your excellent site!
Posted: June 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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Leah S.
I joined care.com a few days ago, but I've applied to countless positions and I haven't received any replies. I'm only 17 so I know the competition is pretty high, but does anyone have any tips on how to at least get a reply? I may be younger than many of the members, but I know that I'm qualified for all of the positions that I applied to and I have a lot of experience. Please help!
Posted: June 09, 2013 at 8:29 PM
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Victoria B.
Yes, Sydney R. I believe dressing business casual to an interview is best but if you land the job tennis shoes, a T-shirt, and jeans will be your new dress code. Ha ha.
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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Sydney R.
I'm wondering if dressing up for the interview, means the family will expect you to dress up for the job itself??? I don't know about you, but as a nanny or a pet sitter, DIRT is your new best friend. Hahaha, any advice?
Posted: May 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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Denise T.
I think your biography is so important. This is your chance to let potential clients know why you are perfect for their job and to set yourself apart from everyone else. Having certification in CPR and running a background check on yourself make you a very attractive candidate too. This will definitely improve your chance to secure a job.

Another very important issue is to be sure your sentences are clear, well structured, and to the point. Check and double check your spelling. Nothing looks worse than spelling errors.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful. Best of luck in your job search!
Posted: May 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Leela W.
Thanks for the advice Jeanette. It can be discouraging to not hear back quickly from families, but it's nice to hear that your situation has worked out so well.
Posted: May 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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Mika S.
Sandra m,

Might want to post a picture, the families want to be Able to see who they are going to interview with. It's vital.
Posted: May 11, 2013 at 2:56 AM
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Ann A.
I joined care.com about a week ago and I am so happy to report that I have 2 interviews. I think its all about selling yourself and making yourself shine. I really love to cater to the parents and make them feel at ease. I hope this helps!! Good luck to everyone!!
Posted: May 06, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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Tiffany D.
I have appreciated all of the comments and advice to others that I've read. I joined Care.com one month ago and I applied to a job on Thursday and receied an email yesterday and I have an interview Tuesday. I am a full-time nursing student, so finding a job where I can work evening hours and weekends without disturbing my class time during the day has been challenging. But I have found what appears to be a great family and hopefully I will get the job. Wish me luck, will write back with an update. Good luck to all, keep the faith and don't give up.
Posted: April 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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April K.
I appreciate all the comments and advice ladies. I recently joined care.com and am hoping to land my first interview soon! I am a big fan of sending out a hand written thank you card after an interview. In the past it is what separated me from other nanny applicants and in turn, landed me the job-according to the mother whom I interviewed with! I wish you all the best of luck in your journey and thank you again for all your comments and tips of the trade. :)
Posted: April 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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Viola B.
I feel Sandra M. I applied to quite a few and it seems they never reply back and i been doing this for over 3 years 1 interview and nothing else
Posted: March 29, 2013 at 1:29 AM
Sandra M.
The looking is frustrating,but far worse is when you apply and never hear a word.I think common courtesy says at least acknowledge the application.Sometimes i send a short note about a week later and ask how the interviews are going for their new caregiver and still nothing. Makes me wonder if these are real people or just robot ads.
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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Ellen T.
Cinthia, I have an answer for you... Get some cards printed out on line, like Vista print then go to places where lots of kids go, like day care centers. Leave your cards with them and other places where kids go. Base ball games, skating rink, etc. you have to get your cards out there for people to see your services. Also, go to a Nursing store and buy scrubs that have kids logos all over the front like colorful animals and go around and hand out cards at kids businesses. You can also have two magnetic signs made to stick on your car door stating you are a Nanny Service. I hope this helps.....
Posted: March 26, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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Cinthia W.
I have a question, I have been trying for a while and I just can't get people to notice me. What can I do?
Posted: March 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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Valerie B.
I know one thing...now that I'm searching again, I'm changing my interviewing technique to include a lot of questions about the family...speceially the children. BE PREPARED! Last year I lost an opportunity of a lifetime with a seemingly great family because I thought my flashing smile would be enough. NOT! I agree ... you have to present a very passionate and interested demeanor. Tell them GOOD things about your self too...you can accomplish this without coming across like a saint and a no-it-all! Choose your words carefully and really suck up to those kids when you first meet them. That makes a good impression also. Just a little humor, guys!
Posted: March 07, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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Honghao V.
you are lucky but waiting for 2 year maybe homeless no money pay bills :-)
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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Carmella F.
Thank you, Jeannette for the sound and encouraging advice. Like you, while I do have one family I work for now and I love them as much as they do me, they only require a few hours of care a few days a week and my search for a second family is proving difficult because I will not sacrifice the commitment of the time requirements I have already made with my current family. But, I believe like you that if you remain faithful to the searching process, with determination and patience, the right match will eventually come to fruition.
Posted: February 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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Jeannette E.
To all of you looking for a nanny postion and it just seams like you just can't find a job, or a family that's a good fit for you; please do not give up. Review the information given by care.com to help you with interviewing and finding out beforehand what type family you may be working for. These tips are great and help to put you at ease and make you more confident.

I have been trying for 2 years or more and finally I have found a great family to work for. I think they are just super and they feel the same way about me. I hope this is the last job I ever have to look for. Thank you so much, persons at care.com.

Posted: February 08, 2013 at 8:35 PM
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