How to write a nanny resume to wow any family [with resume template]
By providing more personalized attention than a daycare facility and taking on more household responsibilities than a babysitter, nannies have one of the broadest and most dynamic job descriptions of any caregiver. What you’ll include on a nanny resume while job hunting will depend a lot on the circumstances.
Reading each and every job post thoroughly to identify specific skills or experiences parents are looking for can help guide you on what to highlight in your own personal resume. However, there are a few things you’ll want to include regardless of the position, including your contact information, education, certifications, work history, and skills.
Sample nanny resume
(Click here to download this nanny resume template as a pdf.)
Nanny Contact Information
While many might consider it an afterthought, your contact information is the most important component on your entire resume. Parents often choose nannies over traditional daycare facilities because of their accessibility and individualized attention. As a primary caretaker for their child, they want to know they can reach you to check in on things at home and that you have the details covered. That’s why it’s so crucial to double- and triple-check your contact information. If you can’t type your own address or phone number correctly, it doesn’t bode well for your ability to keep detailed notes for newborn care or administer medications at precise doses when needed.
What to Include:
Physical and/or mailing address
Cell phone number
The information should be at the top of every individual page of your resume so that parents or nanny agencies have no trouble finding out how to reach you for an interview or follow-up questions. In addition to the basics above, you can also include places for parents to find out more about you, such as links to your social media accounts, personal websites, or other relevant online profiles, like those on Care.com.
Summary Statement for Nannies
Parents looking for a nanny will often receive resumes from dozens (sometimes hundreds) of applicants. How can you make sure yours makes the cut? Include a summary statement at the top explaining why you’re the best fit for the job.
Also referred to as a “Summary of Qualifications,” summary statements are brief snapshots (three or four sentences or bullet points) of your qualifications, skills, and certifications that are -- and this is important -- specifically relevant to the job description. If the position is to care for a newborn, be sure to highlight your infant CPR certification. If the posting mentions taking kids to and from activities, put your “clean driving record” front and center.
When parents are presented with a giant stack of resumes, they might only skim the first few lines to weed out the ones that aren’t qualified. By telling them right away why you’re a good fit, you’ll increase the chance that they’ll read your resume all the way through.
What to Include:
Three to four sentences (in a bulleted list or paragraph form) that summarize details of your past experience, skills, or certifications. These descriptions should include keywords used in the job posting that most closely match your qualifications.
Optional: One to two specific accomplishments that might set you apart from other comparably qualified candidates.
Resume Experience for Nannies
Now that you’ve wowed them with a snapshot of your qualifications, you’ll need to back it up with your work history. This section is all about explaining how your past experiences have prepared you for the position you’re applying for now. That being said, you don’t have to mention everything you did in past positions -- or even every job you’ve ever held.
Just like with the summary statement, use the job description to guide you and only include roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments directly related to the position for which you are applying.
What to Include:
Who you worked for and where it was located
What position(s) you held and when. A simple Year-Year note is fine. (ex. 2010 - 2012)
What you accomplished at each position and why it mattered, in a bulleted list. Use strong action verbs to begin each description. (ex. Cared for, Cultivated, Coordinated)
Remember: Don’t limit your work history to only paid, full-time caregiving experiences. Personal, unpaid, or part-time work -- even those in an unrelated field -- can be included, as long as they relate to the job description. For example, if you took a break in your work history to care for your children, that experience is often viewed as valid and relevant for a nanny position.
Likewise, jobs not directly related to child care can still be mentioned if they help demonstrate skills or experience needed for tasks outlined in the job posting. As an example, if the position requires cooking, restaurant experience could demonstrate your prowess in the kitchen. If the posting mentions engaging children in physical activities, being a volunteer soccer coach might provide an opportunity to highlight how you would encourage and facilitate exercise. Think about your past jobs and what accomplishments you might have gained that fit the position. Non-nanny jobs can be and often are a good source of related experience.
Lastly, be specific, descriptive, and measurable whenever you can. For example, did you transport kids to after-school activities two to three times per week? Did you help improve test scores? By how much? Were the meals you cooked well-balanced and nutritious? How many days a week did you prepare them and for how many people? You don’t need to include a long list of details for every bullet point, but these small additions can add weight to your experience and show that what you’ve done in the past had an impact.
Education Requirements for Nannies
Not all nanny positions require degrees, but if you have one, it could help set you apart from other applicants by showing advanced training and/or relevant coursework that has prepared you for this specific job. This space is typically reserved for an associate’s degree or higher (not high school), but you don’t necessarily have to graduate from college to include it in your education section.
If you attended a few semesters or more of higher education, you can still mention it here, as long as you make it clear you didn’t receive a degree. An example of this would be: “University A, 2008 - 2010, New York, NY, Completed 24 early childhood education credits.” Similarly, if you are currently enrolled and have plans to graduate, you can include your degree along with your expected graduation date. (ex. “Bachelor of Arts, Expected Graduation Date May 2018.”)
What to Include:
Name of the school(s) you attended
Years you attended
Degree(s) or (if you didn’t graduate) number of credits you obtained
Optional: Three to five courses or pieces of coursework that directly relates to the job posting
Where you place this section will depend on how much experience you have and the level of degree you’ve earned. Generally speaking, experience matters more to parents than degrees. So if you have a lot of work experience (more than five years), you should place that section first. However, if you have a particularly impressive degree and/or not that much experience, you might consider placing the education section before experience.
Unless the job description specifically mentions education as a requirement, you don’t have to include it on your resume. If you think it might hurt your chances of landing an interview, feel free to leave it off.
Nanny Certifications and Training
Like education, highlighting your certifications can help give you a leg up on the competition. Many nanny positions, for example, stipulate that applicants must be certified in infant CPR and pediatric first aid. Others might give preference to those who have obtained the Child Development Association (CDA) credential for early childhood education.
Even if the job listing doesn’t specifically call out certifications, it might still be a good idea to mention any training you have that could prove useful in your role as a nanny, such as water-safety courses or positive discipline training.
What to Include:
Training course and the date it was completed
Certification course and the date it was obtained and/or will expire (if applicable)
If space is limited, you can also combine these certifications and trainings with your skills and other qualifications.
Nanny Skills or Qualifications
Creating a separate section to highlight skills is another way you can show families at a glance that you are qualified for the position. You’ve already taken time to list the experience and various responsibilities you’ve held, but this section allows you to specify just what you’ve learned over the course of your career that might not be apparent in your work history.
This list tends to be a combination of “hard” skills that are fairly easy to quantify and “soft” skills that are slightly more intangible but nonetheless important.
Examples of Nanny Skills
Fluent in Spanish, both written and spoken
Certified in infant CPR and pediatric first aid
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Clean driving record
Experience in housekeeping tasks (ex. cooking, cleaning, laundry)
Computer programs (ex. MS Outlook)
Families will often specify what skills they’re looking for in the job listing. As you read through the position description, highlight any specific skills or qualifications mentioned and include as many as you can in your own resume, along with any others that aren’t specified but are directly related to the new position.
Other Tips for Writing a Nanny Resume
Do your homework. The single-most important thing you can do to create a great resume is to read the job description very carefully. All the experience in the world won’t matter if your resume doesn’t match what the parents are looking for. Don’t just skim the job posting -- go through and highlight or underline the various skills and experience specifically mentioned, and include what you can. Parents don’t want to read between the lines to see if you’re a good fit, so tell them directly by using the criteria they’ve already outlined in the job description.
Be honest. Caring for someone else’s child is a monumental responsibility, and one that requires a lot of trust. Fudging facts, plagiarizing from other sources, or including skills or experiences you don’t actually have tells parents that you aren’t trustworthy and won’t be a good role model for their kids. You don’t have to be modest -- you want to put your best foot forward, after all -- but be prepared to support and elaborate on everything you put in your resume with a demonstration or anecdote.
Don’t go overboard with designs or flourishes. While a well-designed resume can help grab the eye of the person reviewing it and set you apart from the other applicants, cutesy fonts or clipart can backfire by making you look amateur and unprofessional. A resume should look neat and clean, but most importantly, it should be readable. Use an easy-to-read font at a standard size (ex. Arial at 10-12 point font), and create headers for each section to make them simple to find at a glance. Many programs, such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs, have formatted templates you can use to build your resume that are both attractive and legible.
Proofread! Parents often want someone who can be counted on for the little things, so be sure to read and reread your resume several times to catch any typos or inaccuracies. Keep a particular eye out for incorrect word usage that might not be caught by spell-checking software (ex. it’s vs. its). Errors in your resume -- even small ones -- can sometimes disqualify you regardless of how qualified you are.
Sample Nanny Resume Template
(Click here to download this Nanny Resume template as a pdf.)
178 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012
555-555-5555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of Qualifications
Patient, compassionate nanny with 5+ years of experience caring for children ages newborn to 10 years. Highly skilled in infant care, with extensive knowledge of safety precautions; feeding techniques; and educational activities to stimulate physical, social, and cognitive development. Child Development Associate (CDA) with a clean driving record and certified in infant CPR, pediatric first aid, and water safety.
Live-In Nanny, 2016 - present
New York, New York
Provide daily care for three bright children under 8 years old, including planning age-appropriate activities that encourage and prepare them to achieve developmental milestones.
Perform housekeeping tasks, including cooking healthful meals for the whole family, doing the children’s laundry, and cleaning common areas and play spaces.
Maintain the children’s schedules and transport them to school, play dates, and extracurricular activities.
Freelance Nanny, 2015 - 2016
Nanny Agency | New York, New York
Served as an on-call and short-term nanny for five families, often caring for sick children with only a few hours notice.
Drove children to school, appointments, and other commitments.
Recognized the signs of an allergic reaction in one child during an activity and sought medical attention before the symptoms became life-threatening.
Babysitter, 2012 - 2015
Babysitting Agency | New York, New York
Provided short-term child care for more than two-dozen families, caring for as many as five children at one time.
Tutored primary school children, improving test scores by as much as 20 percent.
Bachelor of Arts -- Early Childhood Education, 2012
NY College, New York, NY
Child Development Associate (CDA), 2017
Infant CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certified, 2017
Fluency in Spanish, both written and spoken
Clean driving record
Strong communication skills
Adaptability and calm in difficult situations
High energy and creativity when planning activities
Trustworthy and professional
Trained in redirection and positive discipline
Proficient at playing piano and guitar
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