8 Ways to Find a Job Faster on Care.com
Need to get a job quickly? Here are helpful tips to speed up your search.
Julia Quinn-Szcesuil, Contributor
Articles> 8 Ways to Find a Job Faster on Care.com
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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 want to help you find a match as quickly as possible. Here are eight secrets we've picked up along the way about how to use Care.com to find a job fast.

Need more advice? Read up on the 14 Ways to Get Families to Respond to You on Care.com »

  1. Apply to Less Jobs
    Yes, you read that right! Believe it or not, you may be applying to too many jobs. It's not always about how many jobs you apply to, but if they're the right jobs for you. Think quality, not quantity.

    Pay attention to Care.com's job alert emails, but take the time to run specific searches to narrow your focus and sort opportunities by categories, such as distance, experience, relevance, name, membership length, city and age. Apply only to the jobs that are a good match for your experience.

    Then use the time you save to craft individualized messages about why you're a good fit for each job, and follow up if you don't hear anything back.

  2. Write Personalized Responses
    It's definitely fast to cut and paste a quick response to a posting, telling the family or company that you're interested and they should check out your great profile. But these generic applications are often a waste of time and probably won't get you the job.

    Take a few minutes to say why you want this position and why you would be the perfect person to care of their child, pet, house, older family member, etc. You don't have to tell a family or company your life story -- and you shouldn't. Write a few brief sentences about why you are excited about this specific job, how it relates to your previous experience and why you're a good fit. Then suggest they check out your profile.

  3. Update Your Profile
    Members with new or updated profiles usually appear at the top of the page when families or companies are searching for candidates. Commit to updating your profile every few days. You'll jump in the results and get viewed quicker by families and companies.

    Add new information to your profile that sets you apart from other candidates. Have you picked up any new hobbies, read any new interesting child care books, learned a great cleaning secret or signed up to run a 5K? Be creative. This additional information will give a family or company a more complete picture of who you really are and why you might be perfect for them.

  4. Add the Right Photos
    The photo is one of the most important elements in a profile. If you don't have one already, ask someone to take a conservative headshot of you. The results will be worth it.

    Then add up to five additional photos that continue to tell your story and your personality. Families are looking for someone who will fit in with their family's values, personalities and interests, and a variety of interesting images will help.

    Want more advice on what photos to include or having problems uploading photos? Check out this article on Is Your Profile Picture Hurting Your Job Search? »

  5. Change Those Photos
    Updating your profile pictures regularly can help you get a job faster. When people see a new face, they assume it's a new profile and may click on your name again. More clicks mean an increased chance of finding a job.

  6. Increase Your Availability
    Another important area of your profile is the "Availability" section. Take a hard look at it. Is it up-to-date? If you really need a job ASAP, can you add more days or hours that you're free to work? The more open you are, the more jobs you'll fit and the faster you may get hired.

    Did you sign up to be a backup care provider? In your profile under the availability section, select yes when you're asked: "Are you available for last minute care?" Then when families unexpectedly need last-minute care you will get a notification. Who knows? A one-time job may lead to a full-time position.

  7. Get Checked
    Families want someone with a complete background check because it saves them the time and trouble of getting one for a potential employee. If you don't have a background check listed on your profile, you may not even make the first round of choices.

    For more information, check out our Background Checks Guide »

  8. Promote Your Profile
    Now get the word out to your network that you're ready and willing to work. Share your profile on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Email it to friends, family, former co-workers, your first-grade teacher, etc. Anyone you can think of! You never know who is looking for care.

The big secret to getting hired fast is being detail-oriented. You need a job now, but don't rush into applying for everything immediately. Figure out what type of job you're best suited for, make sure your profile is detailed and up-to-date and take the time to craft individualized applications to the jobs that fit your expertise. Then spend some time each day on Care.com and you'll finally find that perfect job.

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(78) Comments
Florence R.
Florence R.
The 8 ways suggested here are really great. I just wish I had known about them since a few years back. I still appreciate care.com for posting them though.
July 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM
Makayla M.
Makayla M.
How do you know if you've already applied for a job? Also, how do you know if someone's taken that job or not?
March 22, 2015 at 10:05 PM
Velma C.
Velma C.
I will love to take care of Eldery person .because I work in a hospital .with good experience and good personality
March 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Sabrina M.
Sabrina M.
I've just started out on Care, and I've noticed that the older people will apply to most of the one time jobs at night. I can only do night jobs.
How do I stand out from them? I'm 16, while they have their own children.
What could I say?
December 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Member Care Representative
Member Care Representative
Hello Ellen, thanks for the comment, we are glad you enjoyed the site and appreciate the feedback! Fortunately, we have a "No Thanks" feature that allows families to decline offers from caregivers. We always strongly encourage all of our families to use to this feature so that the process can be smoother for other caregivers. I hope this was helpful and glad that the job you received is working out so well!
September 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Ellen P.
Ellen P.
This is a great site and I got a great part time nanny job here 2 years ago. The family is great and I love the kids! One thing I think the site should add though is a feature where potential employers can let prospective nannies and babysitters know that the position has been filled or that they're just not interested. It's hard applying for jobs that you know you are very qualified for and not getting a response at all.
August 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Sarah M.
Sarah M.
Hi, I have 2 concerns> Please write an article to the families.

If you set up an appt. to call or interview and then aren't going to do it, for what ever reason, send an email, you are canceling.

I have had several people say they art going to call 3pm and don't call. I waste my time, making sure I am home and rearrange to accommodate.

This is happened 3 times in the last week, was home for call, and didn't make plans another time.

Also lost job because Mother was upset one day, Paid in advance, a do I owe her the money? she paid for that week. I honestly was here fault and I lost employment for 8 weeks, and put me in financial hardship?

Thank you, I hope to hear response.
July 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Deborah G.
Deborah G.
Thank you for referring me to this article. I plan to try some of the tips. I currently am not on Facebook, Twitter, etc. though I may sign up on Linked-In.
Thanks again.
Deborah G.
July 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM
Tanya E.
Tanya E.
Great tips. I'm going to edit my profile now. Thanks
June 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Nancy C.
Nancy C.
Thank you Barbara for that helpful tip to make my job search much easier. I appreciate the fact that this family took time out to look over my application.
June 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM
Lauren V.
Lauren V.
This article was so helpful! I feel more confident now when applying for jobs!
May 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM
Ivette D.
Ivette D.
Great information, thanks for all the help.
April 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Elaine C.
Elaine C.
Thanks for all this information:))
April 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Corrine W.
Corrine W.

Thank you for this helpful information.

February 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM
Amada L.
Amada L.

Thank you for supportive and great advice.

Most greatful,

January 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Care.com Member Care
Care.com Member Care
Hi Ripley,
Great question! It's important to include your history in your profile, and also let families know in your messages to them the experience that you have. Here is a great article on ways to get a Teen Babysitting Job: http://www.care.com/child-care-how-to-get-a-teen-babysitting-job-p1017-q26406246.html
We hope this helps!
November 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM
Ripley B.
Ripley B.
I have a question as well. I'm a 16 year old care giver, and it's often harder for me to get jobs even though I do have experience. How can I show families I am the right person for them?
November 23, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Renee R.
Renee R.
Hi everyone,Ive been a member since August 2013. (free membership) I've had 3 interviews total but get a pretty good amount of replies/feedback. I've gotten 2/3 jobs. 1 was date nights & one was part time. But she had to let me go because shes gotten very sick. I've been lucky so far on Care.com, It gives me something to look forward to when I get a message. The only cons are that there isnt always jobs in my area, or new ones, and most of the time when I try to update my picture it doesn't go through. Best of luck everyone!
November 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Care.com Member Care
Care.com Member Care
Hi Katelin,

Great question! Whenever you add any new information to your profile it always goes through an approval process. What happens sometimes is you will create a service profile, and start applying to jobs before the profile is fully approved. If you are applying to jobs before your profile is fully approved, they will be in the "Pending Approval" stage. Profiles typically take 24-48 hours to be approved before your applications will be fully submitted.

I hope this helps!
Care.Com Member Care Representative
November 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Katelin M.
Katelin M.
I have a question concerning the application process - when I look at the applications that I have put in for jobs it states that the status or date applied is "Pending Approval", can someone tell me what that means and how I can remedy this? I have not heard back on any of the jobs that I have applied to and now wonder whether I was even considered because they may not have recieved it. Thanks in advance!
November 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

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