How to Update Your Profile for the Holidays
Get a holiday job by making your Care.com profile stand out this season.
With the holidays fast approaching, people become very busy and can often use a helping hand. Whether you care for children, seniors, pets or homes, this is a great time to shine up your Care.com profile so that everything is up-to-date. It will help you stand out from the crowd and pick up extra work around the holidays -- very beneficial come gift-buying time.
Here are things to remember when revising your profile for the needs of the season.
Update Your Availability
If you only do one thing, change your availability. It's important to be as accurate as possible when communicating the hours that you're free. If you're a student or teacher who will be on break over the holiday season, update your profile to reflect that new availability. Now when someone needs a caregiver for holiday parties, or wants to take a day off and go shopping without the kids, your profile will pop up as available. Conversely, if you're going to be out of town or need to take some time to finish your own holiday errands, make sure that this is clear too.
Take Advantage of the Description Field
This part of your profile is great for communicating your experiences and stand-out skills. Think about what specific needs people have during this time of year and point out how your abilities can help make their lives easier. If you're a whiz in the kitchen, offer to help with holiday party prep. If you're a cheerful person, talk about how you can help seniors overcome the holiday blues.
Mention if you're available to help out with odd jobs that may pop up during the holidays, like decorating for holiday parties, running errands, cleaning up after the party or watching the kids during the party.
Talk about how you've helped other families during this time of year. Mention specific instances where you made someone’s life easier and cut down on the holiday chaos.
Post a Seasonal Picture
A lot of people are visual and like to see who they're potentially employing. Post a fun picture that showcases your personality while still being professional. To stay with the spirit of the season, add in a holiday photo. Stay away from images that are too cheesy, but upload ones like you playing in the snow or decorating a tree.
Learn more about what the photo should include.
Get Holiday Reviews
Did you help out any families last year? Ask if they can write a holiday-themed review about how you made their lives easier. It might prompt another family to reach out for the same help.
Find out How to Ask for Reviews and References »
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.