I'm a teen caregiver, how do I get hired?

User in Lakeland, FL
March 11, 2017

I offer pet sitting & tutoring for ages 6-11. I'm only fourteen but I'm expierenced with taking care of cats,dogs,gerbils,chickens,and rabbits. I'm also an honor student currently enrolled in three highschool classes but have taken some in the past. I don't know how to get hired as I'm only fourteen but I am very focused.

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User in Ione, CA
May 30, 2017

Hi Emily!  It's great to hear that you're an honor student and doing so well in school.  As s teen care giver, you can have a parent monitored Care.com account.  You can create a profile for each different type of job that you are interested in.  It sounds like you will want to create a Pet Care and a Tutoring and Lessons Service Profile.  Once these profiles have been approved, you will be able to apply to local jobs in your area.  If a family is interested in learning more about you, they will be able to respond to your application using our internal messaging system right through your Care.com account.  Good luck in your job search! 

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When I was in high school, I found babysitting jobs through family friends. They were a lot less hesitant about my age since they knew me already and saw how mature I was! I did volunteer childcare for my church and scouting troop, and when the moms saw how good I was with their kids in those settings, they were eager to hire me as a sitter once they hear I was interested in that kind of work. Use the network you have- parents' friends, your friends' families, your church, scouts, or other organizations. People who already know you are likely to trust you. Good luck!

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I think the best way to get started is to work for close friends and family. This is a great way to gain letters of recommendation and build your resume. 

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You're definitely going places, girl! But you need to build your resume first. Ask all your neighbors if you can pet sit for them when they go on vacation or when they work late, and volunteer at your local animal shelter. Once you've shown that you are good at what you do, ask for recommendations. The same principle applies to tutoring. Check with your neighbors or ask your teachers if there's a mentoring program at your school. Use these experiences to boost your resume!

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You seem like an upstanding person. However, regardless of the experience you may have, when I look at the age of someone, I can fairly enough judge their maturity and ability to act under emergency situations. You're probably not getting hired because of your age. Try going through people you know. Friends, family friends, family members, first and then build your contact list through them personally.

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Try starting out as a mom's helper.  I had a 12 year old girl come help me with my son last summer while I was home for summer break and taking care of an infant. She would come about 2-3 hours a day.  She would take my son to the park, play with him, make his lunch, etc.  I was able to build up trust in her and eventually we began to have her babysit for date nights and such.  She is now 14 and we call her occasionally to help out.  She showed us how mature and responsible she could be and that helped ease my fears about her inexperience.  Good luck! :)

Great answer!!!

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User in Dallas, TX
May 2, 2017

I'm having the same problem. I am fifteen and nobody seems to want to hire me even though I know I would be a good sitter.

User in Las Vegas, NV
April 28, 2016

Hey Camille, In order to get hired, you must be different (in good way) than other candidates in this site. You must represent why they choose you over others. Wait until 16 or until you earn your Driver's License because it gives you ability to go to their homes (if it is too distant) to babysit.

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It is very hard at age 14 to get hired because some parents think that the person tutoring their child should be a college student or someone much older than their child. I have the same problem also, I'm 16. Sometimes if you can get references from two or more people, you might have better luck. You should also try to advertise at local businesses with flyers or maybe even a few business cards. Good luck!!

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Don't give up! I'm 17 and having similar problems. Definitely keep mentioning all of that to potential parents. Do you have past experience as well? That might help! If not, consider joining a group or club at high school that could give you volunteer hours for tutoring. 

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hi im a teen care giver to. and im in the same hole as you lol. but once my account got approved i was able to apply to jobs. but u have to think, others might be applying to the same jobs to and the person that is hiring will pick the better offer.

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User in Irvine, CA
May 2, 2017

I'm fourteen as well, and i have issues getting hired. I suggest asking around and posting flyers in newer neighborhoods.

User in Las Vegas, NV
March 11, 2017

In order to get noticed, you must be different, equipped, and ready. It all depends how you represent. Most people say in their application are: I'm outgoing I'm passionate I'm caring I'm loving I love children All of those are junk. They do expect them some degree but those phrases are irrelevant. They already know that "you love children" otherwise you won't apply for that job. What they really looking for from you are how you manage certain situations and your coping skills such as these: Skill #1 Coping with different children (patience) Skill #2 Time management Skill #3 Handling "disabled" children (if family has one) Skill #4 Handle or manage chaotic/hectic situations Skill #5 Cooking or Meal Preparation Skill #6 Your availability (must be there on those days and times). This one, you can negotiate with your "future employer" to see if there is common ground or agreement. If you aren't available on certain days, don't apply. Another way to represent yourself is through your experiences. If you have babysit your younger siblings, then you must represent them so that care provider can sense how much you know about the job. I hope this helps. Good luck, Sarah.

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