Which Skills Should I Include on My Babysitter Resume?

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Applying to any job can be overwhelming. And what to include on a resume can seem like a daunting task. But creating a babysitter resume isn't as hard as it seems. Get started with this Sample Babysitting Resume Template.

Education, Skills & Qualifications:

Education: Listing your education helps the family know more about you. Include the name of your college or university, the degree earned, and your year of graduation. Even if you are still in school, list your major and the expected year of graduation. You may wish to include relevant courses (such as childhood education) or courses that may be of interest and spark conversation.

Skills and qualifications:  Any babysitting skills or babysitting qualifications you have should be outlined on your resume. List if you have CPR certification, if you are a certified lifeguard, or have First Aid training. Other qualifications you may want to include? Relevant tutoring skills, cooking abilities, or anything else a family would appreciate knowing about. These skills-especially those that deal with health and safety-are a valuable asset for a babysitter to have. 

Licensure: List here any certifications or licenses you have received. At the end of some babysitting courses, students will receive a babysitter certification or a babysitter's license.

Related Work Experience:

Not all work experience needs to be listed on a babysitting resume. (We've all flipped burgers at some point!) If you've held a lot of different jobs, list only those relevant to babysitting or child health and safety. Re-read the babysitting job ad to see what a family is looking for and match whatever work experience you have based on the ad. Most resumes include three previous jobs (starting with the most recent), but it's not uncommon to see two or even five if the work experience is relevant.

Responsibilities:  Be sure to list some of the different responsibilities you had at the job. Only 2-3 responsibilities are needed for each job. If you are not sure how to describe what you did, read this list of resume action verbs. If you no longer work at this job, make sure the verbs are listed in past tense-some families, especially those in need of an English or writing tutor, may be looking for good grammar, spelling and proper punctuation on your resume.

Cover letter:  Do you need a babysitting cover letter with your resume? It depends whether the family requests it. If they do ask for a cover letter, be sure to express your interest in the job and why you want to work for the family. A cover letter doesn't have to be long (no more than three paragraphs) but should highlight some of your skills and qualifications.

When families are done interviewing candidates, they may forget who has which skills. Listing your qualifications on your babysitter resume and/or cover letter is a good reminder of who you are and what you can provide.

You may also want to include your profile photo on your resume or cover letter.  This helps families have a visual reminder of who's who if they are interviewing a lot of candidates.

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Comments (49)
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Lynda M.
I am also frustrated because I email anywhere from 1-5 jobs a day and I might get one response in a month! Even after a response the families either cancel right before the interview, stop responding mid-conversations, or after you go through the trouble of meeting them and giving your references, they don't even have the decency to follow-up with you to let you know the status of their decision! I passed the background check and I have great references.
I do think that someone in a prior post is right on, "the market is saturated and there is just way more supply than demand".
Posted: April 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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Sharon G.
I too have been on care.com for sometime and for the time I have been with care.com I have only received 3 responses in over a years time and no interviews. I have read many posts stating of other positions that seekers have applied for but nothing in the housekeeping department. I am very well qualified myself with a masters degree in criminal justice and it shouldn't take a degree to get hired to do something as simple as housecleaning which I have been doing housecleaning for a number of years and I like to ask the client what they would like for me to use which natural or oil base cleaners are always the best. My opinion one should have knowledge of the chemicals that one is using on that item that are cleaning. Thank you for reading my response. Good Luck to all!
Posted: October 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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Janet W.
Hallelujah...I accomplished all steps required! I have had several replies back from jobs already!
Posted: August 05, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Wendy A.
I think something that would help, would be if your user name in the comments were clickable. There have been several times I read comments and wanted to go to the person's profile to see if they had job offerings (based on what they wrote in their comment), but Care.com offers no way to even search for that person, let alone click on their name.

As for getting replies, I have not yet had replies because I have not yet found a single job listing to apply for! Near as I can tell there are about 700 babysitters for each job listing. When searching this site I come across literally hundreds of babysitter profiles in my zip code (just my zip code, not in the towns/miles around it). Guess how many families are listed in a 50 mile radius of my zip code? Exactly 57, and only a handful of them have jobs available, but none that match me. See, I don't do infants and toddlers, I deal with preteens/teens, but there isn't a single listing within 50 miles of my zip code for a child over the age of 3.

My conclusion is that sitters are not getting responses, because the market is saturated and there is just way more supply than demand. It appears that while all the sitters know to come here to look for jobs, very few families know to come here to post jobs, thus each family that does post a job, gets swamped with more replies than they are able to respond to.
Posted: July 08, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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Faustina S.
I have been writing to so many family,but I have not receive any response .I also upload my photo and it was not approve,right now I do not know what to do any more
Posted: June 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM
Vedette O.
I applied so many times with Care.com; I am waiting and waiting ; I don't know what happens I have a perfect background and references are available when they want too. I have nothing to hide and I have a long experience with all kind of patients( Alzheimer, stroke, Diabetic etc.)
Posted: June 07, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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Sydney R.
If you're not technically certified like in CPR or lifeguard training, but you know how to do both anyway, is that something that could be listed as a temporary measure, or is it just better to get certified?
Posted: May 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Kishonna B.
I've only applied to jobs yesterday and I'm being patient. My problem is that I'm under 18, what are my chances of being hired? I've read some comments about people waiting extensive amounts of time and others getting immediate replies. Can someone explain my chances? Thank you.
Posted: May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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Alesha T.
This is a good and helpful guide! Thanks!
Posted: April 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Member Care.
Hi Shelby L,

Care.com does review all information that is going to be publicly posted on the site. "Pending Approval" means that our Approval Team is currently reviewing the information. Basically, they are looking out for personal identification information, spelling and grammar errors, and any safety concerns. If it does not meet the necessary requirements you will receive a message stating that it has not been approved. Generally, information is approved within a business day.

Once your profile is approved, all of your pending applications will be sent. You can view your current pending applications under the 'My Applications' section on your account. Typically, families will begin to respond within the week from posting.

I hope that helps!
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Member Care.
Hi Cheryl W,

I am sorry to hear that you are not getting the responses that you had hoped for. We always encourage our families to send a reply, even if it is just a 'no thank you' message. Many of our families receive a large influx of response to their job postings so don't feel discouraged if you don't hear back right away. Additionally, please make sure to be checking the profile strengthening tips we offer on your welcome page. Here is an article you may find helpful: http://www.care.com/child-care-14-ways-to-get-families-to-respond-to-you-on-carecom-p1017-q18735037.html

Best of luck!
Posted: March 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Shelby L.
I just created my account and I applied to some different nanny jobs. Under date applied it says pending approval and I was wondering what that means. Approval from the family I applied to? Approval from care.com that I am on the site for the right reasons? Also how long on average does it take to get responses from interested families?
Posted: March 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Cheryl W.
I am fairly new to care.com and have only received 2 replies to my job applications. One reply led to a job, which I really enjoyed. It seems that a number of applicants have had the same experience, despite adequate training, education, etc. I'm being patient and appreciate the many possible reasons for lack of response...still, a response would be courteous and welcome. Further note: The 1 response( which did not lead to an interview) stated that the respondent "already had enough interviews" scheduled....With the unemployment rate so high, I guess that this is possible. But I will always wonder how many interview are "enough" in filling positions where trust is SO important.
Posted: March 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Maria B.
I am new to Care.com since last November. I've applied to lots of job posting and had very little (1) or no replies. Yes it would be nice to receive a message from the job poster letting me know the position has been filled. I recently received a message from a family asking me to send my references. Is it okay for a family to check on references without offering you an in person/and or telephone interview? Please advice. I did reply back to the family asking to follow up with me. Thank you.
Posted: March 07, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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Jocelyn S.
To those of y'all who haven't gotten replies, just keep trying, i was on care.com for a year with no response then all of the sudden i got 7 out of the blue. i have also been on the hiring side and five hours after posting a job i had over a thousand replies, we keep it open because when we need someone new we go back and go down the list looking at profiles so keep the profile up to date on availability and skills and background checks and it'll work out eventually! :)
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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Cynthia B.
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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Dawne R.
Ok recently i have applyed for jobs and no answer at all.I don`t have a problem with spelling so that`s not my issue. I use spell check and also my own dictionary. Can i please get some help? I need a job ASAP.
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Madison S.
I have been on Care for less than a month and I get plenty of responses. They dont always turn into a job though. I get interviewed or a phone call and then they find someone else. That's life. I move on. I am not the most qualified caregiver, meaning I do not have a degree, but if you just be yourself you will find what you are looking for. Its probably really hard for the parents. They get slammed with applications and sometimes you just get lost in the horde. If it's been a while, send a follow up message. I do agree that a lot of parents do not respond. Its quite frustrating, however I get it. Grammar is very important. You are a role model for these children, you should be able to practice proper grammar. Now that doesn't mean you have to perfect. Little typos and errors are okay, but parents would see these and look at the more correct application. Always, always, ALWAYS spell check. If something looks weird, ask a friend. Take the time to double-even triple check! Imagine if you applied for a job at a bank and misspelled more than five words on your resume, you probably wouldn't get a call back. Being a nanny/babysitter is very different though. You job is more relaxed and little mistakes should be overlooked, but if you are spelling EVERYTHING wrong and not putting periods, then I think there's a problem.

Premium membership is neat, you can see stats and the like, but it doesn't change from the basic service much at all.
Posted: March 03, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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Denise M.
I would like to comment on the rudeness of the lady who said "families are going to notice if we can't put two sentences together". Then at the end she writes "hope this helps". This was a cruel statement and I'm sure it only helped lower the self esteem of the women who previously posted! You could have been a little kinder. If you come across that way to parents they may not consider you for employment. You should actually take a look at your post and find your own incomplete sentence. Just because there were errors in some of the posts doesn't mean this occurs when emailing potential employers. This is a question and answer blog between nannies. I think we should be able to relax a little and not stress about punctuation!
Posted: January 27, 2013 at 1:33 AM
Linda Y.
Linda B
The first thing I do in the morning is check this site to see if I have had any response. I too am educated, have had many years experience and am sooo disappointed in this site. I have had no responses. I would agree that we
should get some response for those whom we have responded. I have several friends who have tried also on this site and have experienced the same problems. Looking at all the comments, changes need to be changed to make this site successful.
Posted: December 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Alyson G.
I agree with Mary C. Many of you have so many grammatical errors that it is hard to take you seriously. That being said, it does not mean that you are not qualified or educated, but it may send a message to families that you don't take the time and effort to present yourself in the best light. I wouldn't say that I get as many responses as applications I put in, but over a 2 year period, I have found three jobs through this site and have been on at least 10 interviews. When I send a message, I make sure to specifically address it to the name on the profile "Hi John, ..." and proceed to explain that I came across their posting and explained how I fit their needs. In the closing, I said I looked forward to hearing back from them if they thought our needs met. I have even had a number of people message me about their interest in me for jobs I never applied for just based off of finding my profile, and I am not a premium member. I have never paid for the site.
Posted: December 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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Patti W.
Hi Everyone, please don't get discouraged. I am not a premium member and do not have a problem getting responses. It doesn't mean I get hired every time I apply, but I do hear back from a lot of people. I always keep my first contact with them very light, and friendly. Def. check your spelling and grammar, I read posts on here a lot, and can't believe how badly the words are misspelled or used incorrectly. The person who said we need to pay attention to that even though we are not applying for jobs as secretary's or editors etc, are correct. I've read posts and said to myself, I wouldn't contact this person if they can't put a sentence together correctly. I'm certainly not an English major, but we need to spell correctly and sound like we are intelligent if we want families to hire us to be around their children. I also make sure to ask questions in my first contact, such as "please let me know exactly what you are looking for, as I am very flexible in my hours etc." This site is great, but when employers are checking off boxes, it doesn't always allow for them to put exactly what they may need, so I think perspective families like to know that we are interested in meeting their needs however we can. As I said, I certainly don't get every job I apply to, I am looking for one now, some are to far away, or the hours aren't what I want, etc, but I do hear back from a lot of people. As I'm writing this, I just applied to a new job a few minutes ago, and my phone just sent me a text telling me they have responded already. So, I'm going to check out their response, but I hope some of this helped some of you. There are a lot of people out of work who use this site, so as someone said, an employer may get hundreds of responses, so don't get discouraged when you have to keep applying! Good luck to everyone!
Posted: December 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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Debra K.
These resume tips have helped me to update my resume and also my profile on here. To those other babysitters on here that have commented that they don't get any responses from some jobs they apply to, well that happens to me too. I don't let it get me down, because the families probably get a ton of messages from so many potential sitters that they don't have the time to respond to everyone. You just have to look on the bright side and keep on applying since the right job will come to you when a family feels that you are the best sitter for them.
Posted: December 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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Mary C.
After reading the comments posted, one thing I noticed was a lot of mispelled words, bad grammar and punctuation, etc. Although I have been a nanny for many years, before that I was a medical secretary. I typed and edited medical articles and books that the doctors wrote and had to be grammatically correct. Even though we're not looking for a clerical job, families are going to notice if we can't put two sentences together. They want someone who is fluent in the English language and who will relate properly with their children. They are educated people who will pay well for the right caregiver. Be sure to check and double check your messages and have a friend or relative check them as well. It's hard in today's job market, so we have to present ourselves as well as possible. Hope this helps.
Posted: December 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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Nancy F.
I find that I have only had one answer in over a year, and I am a professional with a degree. I think that the advertisers need to agree to at least respond back with a NO instead of hearing nothing. It is a waste of time to apply if there is no one looking at my application.
Posted: November 04, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Member Care C.
Hi everyone,
I can see there are a few members with similar concerns asking questions here. As a part of the Membercare team here at Care.com, we want everyone to have a good experience on the site. When questions come up often we do our best to address them. In regards to not getting responses from families I can direct you to one article on the site with lots of tips and advice on making your profile stand out to families. http://www.care.com/child-care-14-ways-to-get-families-to-respond-to-you-on-carecom-p1017-q18735037.html For photo issues we also have this resource available.
http://www.care.com/child-care-is-your-profile-picture-hurting-your-job-search-p1017-q18730505.html In terms of sizing the photo must be 450x450 pixels. The article addresses all of the issues regarding content. Good luck everyone! Keep asking questions and we will keep answering them.
Posted: October 03, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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Mary Ann P.
I'm really disappointed with this web site. I am charged 20.00 a month for using this site and it hasn't proved to be valuable in a job search. I have been on this site for almost 1 year. I'm a nursing student with credentials, CPR for healthcare workers, experienced in home health care, and I also paid for a background check. It also took 3 months to get my senior care past approved but only after I signed up to pay 20 per month. I beginning to think this is more like Angie's List where the only people benefiting is the company hosting a Virtual Job Board. Any one have simuler thoughts?
Posted: October 03, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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Kimberly N.
I am not getting any responses from jobs I have applied for
Posted: September 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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Ruth T.
I agree with Jeri J. regarding the site being difficult to navigate.
Posted: September 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Martha V.
I have problems loading my picture. Could you help me?
Thanks in advance.
Posted: August 03, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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Mary E.
Your program won't accept the name of my college because it's in England. What should I put in that space?Help Please
Thank you
Posted: August 01, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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Christina G.
here's a little tip for fellow job seekers:
If you are not CPR certified, you probably should take the time to get certified. It is a major plus that will allow you to stand out from others. It also shows that you are dedicated & take being a caregiver seriously!
You can get certification through your local American Red Cross. Just go to www.redcross.org to find a local office or take an on-line class.
I hope this was helpful to ya'll!
Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
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Jeri J.
I am happy to read the above concerns, I thought it was just me. I am very new to care.com and disappointed. Navagating around this website is not user friendly. I have a few issues with posting photos and getting back into my main statement of qualifications. I can't find it even after entering my profile update. Whats is up with this. I have yet to apply for a position because I want to polish up the statments and qualifications about myself. I am more the qualified for both child care and senior care. This is unexeptable. Can some one help me? I went as far as posting an email requesting help and have yet to hear back. By the way my Facebook friend want to leave a character references and recommendation and its not easy for them also. This site is making it to complicated for people with busy lives to leave a comment for friends or past employers. S.O.S
Posted: July 29, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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Sheila F.
I also dont receive any call backs.I am not happy at all .
Posted: July 02, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Jatania B.
To everyone asking why they haven't heard back from people they've applied for a job with, I'll share something I've learned in working with people from this site and others as well.

People who place advertisements for any service get a LOT of responses within a short period of time after placing their add. The lady I currently work for placed her add here and on craigslist, and she said within 2 hours, she had over 400 responses. They get a TON of responses, and they have to sort through all of those responses, and choose the candidates they feel are what they want. Then, in the process of interviews, and then once they find their ideal person, they forget the add is even up, so they are STILL getting responses, and are just no longer looking, so they no longer think to check the add/take it down. It's usually nothing to do with you. Best of luck to all who are searching!
Posted: July 01, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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Charo E.
what should i put when I am intrested in a job what should i say besides "please look at my profile"
Posted: July 01, 2012 at 6:03 PM
Lisa P.
dont feel bad ive applied to about 35+ jobs on care.com and have gotten very few replies. I had a profile picture up but recently took it down thinking with how people are these days if they judge a book by its cover they would disqualify me simply because I am not a barbie doll. Also I am downgrading my account when my premium status expires because I have found paying the $40.00 to be completely useless. Overall, I am not happy with my experience using care.com.
Posted: July 01, 2012 at 1:12 AM
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Nicolette C.
If you have applied for a position and the person has not responded, is it tacky to re-apply? And if its not tacky, how long should you wait?
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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Jenni G.
I agree with Marion above I am a feature subscriber and no replie from families about appling for jobs.
Posted: June 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM
Christina H.
same here I have applied to many jobs,and have not heard anything back to any of them.
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM
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Meghan A.
I also am wondering the above. I have filled out 27 applications from resent job postings. I am more than qualified, yet only have received one reply. Please help!
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM
Jenn M.
I have applied to many House cleaning jobs what Do I need to do to get they to even right back to me and say no thank you the spot has been filled. JenniferMorehouse
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Patti D.
I agree with Marion D. and Trisha B. and I have friends that have also been trying and none of us have received any replies at all!!!!
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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Trisha B.
I am also confused as to why I haven't received any replies back to jobs I have applied for with my extensive experience and open flexibility. I have a background check completed,upgraded my profile, added 2 connections and I have a profile picture as well. Can you please tell me what the problem could be!!!
Posted: June 28, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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Susan R.
Your article includes valuable content. However, towards the bottom where you talk about tutoring and writing skills -- specifically talking about grammar -- you said, "....good grammar..." when 'proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation...' should have been written instead. And notice the last comma after the word 'spelling' -- style point here. Spelling and punctuation are independant of one another versus, as an example ... sugar, milk, salt and pepper. I've been word-smithing for 30+ years as an exec admin and I've seen three style changes in business correspondence during that time. Currently, style doesn't like the third comma, but I think it adds definition and clarity. In the end, it all depends on how clear, concise and clean the author wants their piece to convey.
Posted: June 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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Ramona P.
i agree with the above. i'm confused with that as well
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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Christina B.
I have tried to upload several different pictures, but none of them have been approved please advise me of what type of picture you are wanting. Thank You.
Posted: June 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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Marion N.
I do not understand why I do not get any reply from families, when I replied for a position on Care.Com? Please advise me on behalf of me getting a job.
Posted: June 25, 2012 at 6:29 PM
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Rosalin C.
I do not understand what type of picture you need me upload on my profile. Please advise.
Posted: June 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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