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How do I get my first job as a caregiver?

What are the biggest influences or attention grabbing facts/skils families look for in caregivers?

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I really had a hard time, and still do, but just explain how much you'd appreciate having the job, past experiences, and anything that can really hype you up. they love when you are honest and you will have to apply to a lot until you get one so it will be hard but don't give up! :)

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Lena in Plano, TX
June 23, 2019

getting educated and then getting the necessary classes you need such as CPR and first aid as well as food handlers licences

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Years of working experience, complete profile, education, background check,authorized to work in the country.

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Anna in Rockwood, PA
June 17, 2019

I believe that having a few years of experience and explaining your experience is an attention grabber. Another good influence is getting the Drivers background check and the regular Background check on Care.com, because this shows families that you are serious about safety.

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Rosie in Brooklyn, NY
June 15, 2019

Experience in working with children similar ages previously. Having a good attitude to want to work with the children. Also having lots of patience with them when/if you're doing homework with them.

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GET YOUR CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATES!

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Lydia in Odessa, FL
June 10, 2019

safety, transportation with a dependable car that is clean and tidy in and out and also their pets to receive the same love, they give

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Abraham in Hemet, CA
June 9, 2019

CPR background knowledge, experience with kids, and secure transportation.

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Post offering your services, contact family/friends

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Kayla in Salem, OR
June 3, 2019

Families love to see CPR and First aid certified. Id also list any experience you have with kids and make sure you have a photo on your profile and fill out your profile as much as possible. Make sure to add why they should hire you over other caregivers. These reasons could be anything from your great with kids to you'd be happy to help with cooking and cleaning or you're a great hide and seek player. Make sure your personality is shown.

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I find that no matter how great your resume is, its really more about how well you blend with their family as youll be working intimately with them.

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Experience, references, and RELIABLE.

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Giving a good honest explanation of who you are and what you do can go a long way

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First of all experience counts very much. You should also be presentable. By this I mean you should be neat and calm in talking to the family considering face to face contact.

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Hi Jenica, I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco because I have always worked in the Marin area and also I have a room in San Francisco. I have 18 years of experience with newborn up to 6 years. I have excellent references. If you would like more about me, please contact me. Thank you for your attention.

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Experience! In my time interviewing and nannying, the number one thing that parents look for is PAID and PROFESSIONAL experience. Unfortunately, this does not include the babysitting you did in high school. They also look for nannies who have unique traits (for instance, I am fluent in ASL) or who have credentials such as CPR or First Aid Certification!

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Stay as you are do the job. once you start everything follow, only the beginning because hard to introduce your self to the child. but once you start is feel great.

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Kayla in Sandown, NH
April 28, 2019

try putting in tons of applications for jobs.

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User in Des Moines, IA
April 23, 2019

Extensive experience; knowing what you are doing. Being able to control unruly children.

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Nadia in Jamaica, NY
April 22, 2019

Your confidence that you know about caregiving

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Getting your name out there

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Hi, my name is Lucrecia my friends call me Mily. I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco because I have always worked in the Marin area, and also I have a room in San Francisco. I care newborns up to 6 years, I m very tidy, punctual, honest, and I dedicate 100% to the care and protection of the children. If you would like to know more about me, please contact me. thank you.

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User in Vancouver, WA
April 18, 2019

Experience is a big attention grabber, but if you do not have it; then talk about what you do. Talk about your interested, hobbies, passions, and what you're willing to offer a family. Honestly, you'll find the right family. It just takes time and effort.

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Nicole in Sanford, NC
April 17, 2019

I got my first two nanny jobs after working in a childcare center. I worked there for a year and a half before leaving to nanny share for two families who's kids were in my class. I think it's a good idea to work in a childcare center first, that way you get to experience dealing with multiple children at once, and also get to see how challenging it can be and if it's something you enjoy. I was more then happy to go from watching 20 some kids all day long, to only watching 3! you can be a nanny without working in childcare first though, and I was just suggest listing any babysitting jobs you've had and any other childcare experience you've had. I would also highly recommend getting your certification in First Aid/ CPR because most (all) parents would prefer you have it.

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Skills, certifications and experience. Give the families the facts and then they can get to know you.

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Lily in Biloxi, MS
April 14, 2019

i included my hobbies and why i wanted to have a caregiving job.

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Hi, I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco because I have always worked in the Marin Area and also I have a room in San Francisco. I'm very tidy, punctual, honest and I dedicate 100% to the care and protection of the child, I have never an accident in these 18 years with the children. thank you.

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I know when landing your first job,Families look for experience, Education, recommendation,criminal background check,sometimes certification, ID and dependability.Trust and honesty plays a major role also.

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Kaylei in Paris, TX
April 3, 2019

CPR certification! As well as First aid certified!

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Dawn in Woodburn, OR
April 3, 2019

Good communication with parents of the child or children! Also-maintaining a smooth running household as well as good loving childcare for the family!

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Christine in Buford, GA
March 30, 2019

Think: If I am a parent, what would I want to see in a caregiver? Is their grammar correct in their bio? Are they there for a paycheck or making sure that my child is in the very best hands? What are YOU like as a person not just as an employee?

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Tristan in Martinez, CA
March 29, 2019

Experience.

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Kelly in Milford, MA
March 25, 2019

I would get CPR certified first. It's always a great thing to tell prospective families you have that skill.

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Jazmine in Sanford, NC
March 23, 2019

Tell the family that you are passionate about being a caregiver and making sure their children are taken care of while they are away from home. Let them know about you so they can be comfortable with trusting you. I would also display of any certifications or licenses that one would have as well.

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Carina in Oviedo, FL
March 20, 2019

I think the experience, certifications, availability,

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Jennifer in Gardena, CA
March 19, 2019

APPLY AT VISITING ANGELS OR BRITE STAR

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Andrea in Cleveland, OH
March 16, 2019

Your own sense of well-being and enthusiasm.

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CPR!!! Get CPR and First Aid Certification with specifications for young children and infants! It is the number one thing parents as for. It's also handy to have a copy of your driving record (if it's clean). Don't be afraid to mention providing help for siblings/cousins or any volunteering you have done with kids. Every experience counts. Do some research before interviews about what kids of that age group are doing developmentally.

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1) experience 2) education 3) certifications (CPR etc) 4) references

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Your ability to handle more than one child, your ability to not crack under pressure, being nurturing, and having amazing references.

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Nichole in Reno, NV
March 5, 2019

Warmth and a willingness to do things "their way". You are entering very personal space and parents want a caregiver that meshes well.

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Feb. 26, 2019

Dependability, honesty, and genuine interest in their child and particular situation Amy C.

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honesty, care, polite, educate, formal dress, and good listen.

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-Dependability -Responsibility -CPR and First Aid Certified -Previous Experience -Creativity -Patience

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User in Tulsa, OK
Feb. 21, 2019

experience

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responsibility, accountability, promptness, good communication, competence, quick problem-solving skills, able to remain calm during emergencies, can foster good manners and habits in their children

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Susan in Dallas, PA
Feb. 20, 2019

I'm not a premium member but the families that contact me are premium but I can't return a message. What do I have to do so I can respond to them?

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Gwenda in Sanborn, MN
Feb. 19, 2019

Someone who has a caring heart, someone who is patient, someone to have a listening ear for the person their caring for, someone who they can trust with their loved one, someone whose honest, someone who treats them with respect and love just like their own family, someone who would help anyone in need, someone who has compassion, & someone with an upbeat personality & is positive.

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Most families appreciate experience even if it's through volunteering or having younger siblings etc. Parents also love someone with a genuine love for kids and someone who is patient, flexible etc. Make sure to include that you have reliable transportation, you do not smoke and you are comfortable with pets in your application!!

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how well you are with the kids.If you are energetic and safe.

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I think the first look and voice tone important moment for plus or minus for the parents.(or vice/versa)Honesty,intro to parents what is your care giving plan ? They need to see you are doing the job safety vice, I think this is the number one for parents. They need feeling that YOU ARE completely prepared ,has a plan, if you flexible ,offer extra availability time . etc

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User in Golden, CO
Feb. 7, 2019

Experiences, specifically with children similar in age to their own. CPR and first aid certification. Willingness to preform household tasks, like laundry/tidying/dishes. Open and flexible schedules

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The two biggest influences, I have found, are experience and professionalism. Families want caregivers that have had experience with children of all ages, and especially caregivers who have cared for 2+ children at a time. Also, it is important to appear and communicate professionally. Not only does this mean making sure you text and speak over the phone professionally, but also knowing that it is a job so you must be punctual and appear appropriate for the day.

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User in Westwood, MA
Feb. 2, 2019

put an ad on care.com, apply to jobs every day that are local, start with one time gigs and build your reviews up and your references, then go for a stable weekly job.

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discipline techniques

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first aid cpr loving and caring

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your demeanor integrity honor respect

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experience, experience, experience. Another tip is connections and good relationships with family, friends is a good start.

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care.com has some great columns on this topic under the advice tab.

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Get a background check for sure and (positive) reviews always help with credibility. Then make sure you write personalized cover letters for each job!

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Families seek out caregivers with considerable childcare experience. If you don't have many years of experience, I would be sure to highlight what skills you have that will make you a strong candidate. My first Care.com family loved that I worked as a group counselor at a summer camp. It showed them that I love working with children and have the patience required. Flexibility is also key when looking for your first job. Families love someone who is willing to put in extra hours and take initiative.

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Donna in Cypress, TX
Jan. 13, 2019

Be yourself always and you can't go wrong. Families want someone honest, helpful and caring to take care of their loved ones. If you aren't all of the above you shouldn't be a caregiver. It's a demanding job and children are children and you have to have patience, kindness, and love to get through a lot of days! Good luck, I hope you find a wonderful family to be a part of.

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Show that you have experience. Provide a story or a way to show them that you are trustworthy and are able to take care of their children. I always tell parents that I have 7 nieces and nephews that are ages 9 and below that I have babysat since they were born. Try to think of something similar that can grab their attention.

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The clients I have interviewed or worked with wanted undivided attention to their child. They requested a person who can create a lasting bond with their child. The families were not looking for someone who runs out of their child's life. They were and are looking for someone who would be a companion, friend and caregiver as well a be a part of their family for the long term. Becoming attached to a child is not a light switch you can turn off and on it is a commitment to their family's life personally and professionally. The term caregiver to me means (care)giver. My advice is give your best self and do your best the child's life is in your hands. It is a responsibility but also a blessing to everyone involved.

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They like seeing any kind of experience with child care. For me, I worked for special needs organizations before nannying and a lot of families have mentioned how that is something that caught their attention. Any background work in childcare would be a huge plus.

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If you have never been a nanny before, look for volunteer jobs with children, help out at a family center that provides care for low income families, or perhaps help out in a church nursery. You can offer to babysit for friends kids for free, in exchange for a good reference once you feel you have gained some skills and confidence. Then, go get your first paying job!

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Great references, CPR, First AID current

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Brooke in Petal, MS
Jan. 2, 2019

What is your main goal for babysitting? Mine is to earn money to take my mom on a trip. I am 14 and I have an older brother and we want o treat her.

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User in Carson, CA
Dec. 31, 2018

cpr certification experience lots of availability drivers license love of children

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You need to have at least two years work paying experience, how to relate to families, know what to do, how to do and when to give care, have first aid, CPR, clean drivers license and back ground and must be able to help a little with children home work and some light housekeeping.

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Honesty,interaction with the children,and parents,your idea of punishment,how you deal with it?be flex,but don't burn yourself out!ask for a contract,with your duties,your hours,your pay,holidays,sick pay,be professional.good communicator!!

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Parents like a fun yet clear profile picture of you. Especially in today's world of social media, so much is based off of a single picture. It is very important to pick a picture that you think best describes you.

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Your profile needs to out good by giving out your working experience,education level and by giving out background check.

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Katelin in Dover, NH
Dec. 4, 2018

To get your first job as a caregiver you have to put yourself out there and show your passion for children.

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Experience, solid reviews, actively pursue open jobs on here with a quick hello, then a summary of what experience you've had that makes you great for the job, and finally, a picture that is just 100% you! -Angie

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Be honest with the families that you are seeking employment from. In my experience, you just have to find a family that is willing to give you a chance. Tell them you are available to come to the house prior to being hired as a "test" day, where they can teach you things you may not know, as well as giving you a chance to show off your skills and confidence in caring for children.

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well you need to be upfront and honest about what you really have done in the past . and being a babysitter does not count as a caregiver.

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By applying for the job and setting an interview to meet with the family. By showing up on time and having good communications with the employer .

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