How to Search and Respond to Jobs on Care.com

Use these tips to land a great job.

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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 throughout the process. How do you distinguish yourself among a sea of applicants? Member Care representative, Monica Carolan provides her insight on how you can navigate through the site to narrow down your search and carefully apply for the right position.

Searching for a Job
The easiest way to search for local babysitting jobs near you is to visit your My Town page on Care.com. Go to your Internet browser and type in http://www.care.com/ plus your zip code. For example, if you live in Boston, Massachusetts you would type in http://www.care.com/02114 . This lands you on the Care.com Boston Page. If there are babysitting jobs available, you will see a column on the right that reads "Babysitting and Nanny Jobs". Not all cities and towns always have babysitting jobs listed so you should check back regularly. You can also visit the Care.com Babysitting Jobs page to get started.

Another way to search for a job is to use Care.com's Tool Bar. On the top of every page you will see the Care.com "Tabs" labeled Children, Adults & Seniors, Pets, etc., and underneath that is a search bar. You can click on the little arrow to scroll down to "Child Care Job".  Once you select that, type in your zip code and select the number of miles you would like the job to be within.

One last tip to narrow it down: "When the job listings appear, sort by 'Job Post Date' to find the most recent jobs available near you," suggests Carolan.

Responding to Job Posts: The Do's and Dont's
Pay careful attention to the specifics listed in a job post and make sure your skills match what the family is looking for. If you meet the job requirements, you should reach out to the family. Here are some quick tips.

  • Don't send a generic response. "Hi, please call me" shouldn't be your response to a job post. Leaving out details shows that you didn't put much thought into something that should have more importance and it is likely you won't be considered for the position. As Carolan points out: "Even though a family already has access to viewing your profile, you still want to WOW them and give them a great first impression."  
  • Do spend time crafting a customized message. Most of us can easily spot a cut-and-pasted response. If you have your eyes on a certain job, put in the extra effort. "Applying to a job through Care.com should be similar to applying to any other job," says Carolan. "Rather than just replying to a job, you want to send a personalized message to each family explaining to them why you genuinely think you'd be a great match to their needs."
  • Don't Forget to Mention Your Skills. Giving a quick summary of what you are bringing to the table can help a family weed out other candidates who don't meet their needs.
  • Do Refer Back to the Job Ad. Be sure to mention a couple of the details that are in the job post. For example, if there is a family looking for a sitter for their active 5-year-old, say why you think you can keep up with his activity level.

It may take some time to find the gig you've been dreaming of, but when you do it will be even more rewarding knowing that you put your best foot forward in the process. 

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Comments (10)
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Lucille A.
I have found these tips very helpful. it seems that Care.com is "hit or miss"" like every other job search. i am very pleased with the exposure and hope to continue benefitting from the website.
Posted: October 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Kathryn
I am having the same problem...I have not gotten any responses! I'm not sure if I am doing something incorrectly, though. Every job I apply for I've sent a message to the ad. My message will show up if I go to my sent box, but nothing appears on my applied jobs list. Is that how it is supposed to work?
Posted: May 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Member Care C.
Hi Emily,
I'm sorry you aren't having luck finding anything so far. Sounds like you are very qualified so hopefully there will be something soon that is perfect for you. In the mean time feel free to check out other articles like this one for tips on using Care.com to its fullest potential. I have included a great one below. Good luck Emily!
http://www.care.com/child-care-14-ways-to-get-families-to-respond-to-you-on-carecom-p1017-q18735037.html
Posted: December 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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Emily B.
Very helpful!!! I'm very frustrated with applying and getting no response... What gives?! I have great references and an excellent history with childcare.
Posted: December 09, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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Cheryl M.
I was thinking why can't i find any one to look at my profile,and when they do they say may be next time. Is there something wrong with my profile Please I need to know This is very discouraging to me Please let me know if i'm doing something wrong?
Posted: July 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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Kathryn K.
They were good tips. However, I have been trying them all for over four months. I did get one job for one weekend. The mother was moving. Or that would have been a good job.
I have people that sound like they are interested, even reply back and then I hear nothing. It is very discouraging. I am not sure this is the way to get a good child care job.

Kathryn K
Posted: June 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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Alice B.
Thanks a lot. It's great to have good resources when you're getting back into the job market. I'm applying some of the tips now. I hope to land a job soon.
Posted: March 09, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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Dinelly P.
thanks
Posted: March 03, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Amber H.
Great information! I will be using some of it in my future job applications (: Thank you very much for this.
Posted: January 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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Angela V.
This information was very helpful! This is the first time I've used the internet to apply for jobs by advertising myself to literally hundreds of potential employers. As you mentioned, it is overwhelming. I wasn't quite sure where to begin and what are the proper ethics. I found this article to be a great resource towards taking the first step to landing a job!
Posted: January 07, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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