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The Professional Guide for Nannies

How to find and thrive in a nanny job.

Getting started: Position yourself to find the right job

You’ve decided you want to pursue a job as a nanny — congrats! Being a full-time or part-time nanny can be a very rewarding profession. If you’re wondering, “What now?” don’t worry: You’re not alone, and we’ve got you covered.

There are many ways to find a nanny job, whether you tap into your network, look online or work with an agency. But before you launch your search, it’s important you have a few job-hunting essentials ready to go. Like with any job search, you’ll want to show off your best self and tap into multiple resources to find the right role for you.

Follow these steps for a successful search:

  • Contact references: Reach out to your personal and professional references, and ask for their permissions to be contacted by prospective employers. Make sure you have their most current contact information.

  • Update your resume: Now is the time to update all of the pertinent information in your resume. First and foremost, make sure your contact info is current. Then make sure to detail all of your applicable qualifications and work experience, like CPR certification or house cleaning gigs. Even if you don’t have years of work history, think of volunteer experiences or personality traits you might want to highlight.

  • Professionalize your online presence: We live in a digital world today, and one of the first things a prospective employer will likely do is look up your online profiles. Set anything you wouldn’t want your manager to see to private, and polish your profiles on professional sites like LinkedIn or Care.com. [Hint: If you’ve updated your resume, this last step should be a snap!]

  • Add to your skill set: If you really want to stand out as a candidate, consider taking relevant training courses to show that your job skills are up to date. This could mean getting a CPR and First Aid certification or taking a course on nutrition or child development.

  • Widen your search: You never know where that perfect household employer will come from. That’s why you should consider all options in your search. This means looking at online job boards and parenting sites, joining groups for local caregivers, tapping into social media and asking your friends, family and other professional nannies if they know of nanny jobs. The more you put yourself out there, the better your chances of finding the right job.

You’ll also want to take some time to consider what kind of job you’re looking for and what’s most important to you. Maybe you don’t want to commute too far or you want a role working with school-age kids. Write your ideal job preferences down and reference your list during your search to help narrow your options and keep your career priorities top of mind.

Remember to always take caution during your job hunt. Unfortunately, there are job scams out there designed to trick people looking for honest work, and professional caregivers seeking jobs get targeted, too. If a nanny job offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is, so make sure to familiarize yourself with common online scams.

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