Which Skills Should I Include on My Babysitter Resume?
Tiffany Smith, Senior Associate Editor
Articles> 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.

>>Have more babysitting questions? Return to the main Babysitting FAQs.

 

Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite

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(20) Comments
court. b
court. b
I have a question , do you have to have a babysitting license to become a babysitter ? or have a babysitting job ? If so where or how can i get one ?
December 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM
Eleonora B.
Eleonora B.
I think it is not working...I am here for a a years and every day I sent 2-5 resume...and I am still siting at home
June 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM
Naima S.
Naima S.
This article really helped! I havean interview next week and now I feel more prepared! Thanks so much
June 13, 2014 at 1:41 AM
Christy K.
Christy K.
It seems most caregivers are having the same problems on this site. I do as well, however it frustrates me to try deciphering many of the ads. These are people looking to fill a specific position and they don't bother to check the ad before posting it. Many times I find an ad looking for "full time, no transportation required, care for one child" and then reading the actual ad clearly that is all wrong. They are looking for part time, driving the children and then the one child actually turns out to be three or four children. That really frustrates me, because they don't seem to know what they want nor care how their ad is presented. These are usually professionals looking for care. Another good one is parents wanting care for their newborn only and state "games are important in our house". They seem to cut and paste from many other ads. Employers need to put more effort into their ads. They want professionalism and consistency from their caregiver so I feel they should do the same. That also applies to the pay rate. I will not even apply to jobs paying $5.00/hr. That's ridiculous and against the law. I also refuse to apply to any jobs that seem like they will pay under the table. I have more respect for myself as a professional and need to be able to earn social security credits and unemployment benefits.

Also, how do people clean a house, run all errands (with their own car), cook for the family and do the family's laundry also manage to take care of children? That's the work of several people. Some try to rationalize that a stay a home parent would do the same thing, however the parent can't be fired for not getting everything done or neglecting the children while they have so many other obligations. It's unfair to ask that of one person and then expect perfection. Something will get overlooked and many times it's the children. I am not good at multi tasking nor cleansing or cooking although I AM great with children which is always my focus. I know my strengths and weaknesses and will never put my charges nor my job in jeopardy by taking on too many responsibilities.
May 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM
Dacia R.
Dacia R.
I bookmarked this and I am ready to write my resume!
May 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM
Lynda M.
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".
April 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Sharon G.
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!
October 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM
Janet W.
Janet W.
Hallelujah...I accomplished all steps required! I have had several replies back from jobs already!
August 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Wendy A.
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.
July 8, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Faustina S.
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
June 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM
Vedette O.
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.)
June 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM
Sydney R.
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?
May 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Kishonna B.
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.
May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Alesha T.
Alesha T.
This is a good and helpful guide! Thanks!
April 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Member Care.
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!
March 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM
Member Care.
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!
March 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Shelby L.
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?
March 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Cheryl W.
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.
March 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Maria B.
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.
March 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Jocelyn S.
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! :)
March 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

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