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Tips For Live-In Nannies Seeking Employment
Whether you’re looking for your first live-in nanny position or moving on from a longtime post, live-in nannies provide an attractive childcare option for families seeking flexible, consistent childcare.
While a majority of nannies used to live with their employing families, that trend has since changed; most of today’s nannies live in their own homes and commute to and from their employer’s home each day.
Before the rise of nanny recruiting websites, live-in nannies relied on word of mouth, local agencies and newspaper classifieds to advertise their services. Today a live-in nanny can search for a new position anywhere in the United States from the comfort of her own home by visiting reputable nanny recruiting websites like www.eNannySource.com, www.nationalnannies.com or www.nannypro.com.
Since live-in nannies must find not only a good employment match, but also a good housemate match, live-in nannies should cast their net wide and advertise their services broadly. In addition to using a nanny recruiting site, live-in nannies can list with nanny placement agencies in the area they wish to secure work, utilize their social media accounts to advertise their services, and peruse nanny job classifieds, such as those found on www.nannyclassifieds.com.
When advertising their services, live-in nannies should leverage their experience, education and any special skills they may have. If you’re bilingual, have experience caring for multiples or a high needs child or have a college degree, you’ll want to use that information to your advantage. Utilize a personal statement outlining experience, educational background, special skills or talents and the type of live-in positioned desired, as well as a few comments that provide insight into your personality and temperament to attract families who may be a good match.
As you prepare for your job search, you’ll want to be sure to have an up-to-date resume that reflects your education and work experience as well as any specialized training or certifications. While searching for a live-in nanny position, you should also touch base with past employers and let them know you’re job searching and you’ll be listing them as a reference. References can be listed on a separate sheet and provided upon request.
Many live-in nannies also create a portfolio that highlights her care giving style and discipline philosophy and showcases sample projects and activities she’s done with charges, as well as photos of her engaged with children in her care. Awards, workshop attendance certificates and notes from past employers and charges are also often included in a live-in nanny’s portfolio.
Once a potential family has contacted you, it’s imperative to remember that the interview process is for you too. Live-in nannies should take advantage of both phone and in person interviews and ask detailed questions about the parent’s expectations of their nanny and the family’s lifestyle. Live-in nannies should observe the family’s home environment and be sure it’s one that they feel they could comfortably live in. Live-in nannies should also ask potential employers for references. Speaking with past nannies and family friends can provide additional insight into the family.
If relocation is in the cards, live-in nannies should be sure to have a written work agreement that outlines who pays for relocation expenses prior to the job starting and once the job ends. A detailed work agreement outlining the duties and responsibilities of each party, as well as a comprehensive termination clause can help to prevent any misunderstandings and miscommunications down the road.
10 Reasons Nanny Jobs Will Always Be Available
Job security is fast becoming a luxury in this volatile economy and while few industries can escape from downsizing or outsourcing, nannies can feel somewhat secure in their positions, especially if they are well qualified. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nannies can expect to find employment relatively easily, at least through 2016. With the combination of so many households where both parents are employed and high turnover rates in the industry, jobs are readily available for skilled candidates.
Here are ten reasons why these jobs will continue to exist:
- Busy Lifestyles. Grandparents used to step in and help when life got hectic for the family. Today grandparents are often busy or simply live too far away to provide daily help. It is important to have a reliable person to look after the children no matter how chaotic the schedule gets.
- Increasing Day Care Costs. Day care can take a huge amount out of the family budget. If a parent is late, the fee can be ridiculously high – sometimes as much as $10 per minute. Care for more than one child can mean a considerable increase in cost. Nannies provide constant care for the children regardless of the situation.
- Management of Multiple Children. Households with multiple children encounter multiple challenges. Nannies provide help with scheduling, chores, transportation and a host of other things, easing the strain on parents as they try to meet each child’s needs.
- A Desire for Better Health. Since the children are not in public day care, it means one less place where they are exposed to the germs of others. When they do get sick, the nanny is there to care for them and Mom and Dad can go to work knowing their little one is in capable hands.
- The Need for Adult Time. Families with nannies often take them on family vacations and trips, allowing parents personal/private time with the security of knowing who is minding the children.
- Tutoring Help. Many nannies tutor their charges in their studies, giving the children an edge in academics with the extra attention they receive. Parents are very aware that any edge they can give their children academically is a worthy investment in the children’s future.
- Housework Assistance. Part of the duties of the nanny may include helping with housework as it pertains to the children, such as doing their laundry and keeping their areas neat and tidy. This can free up time for Mom or Dad who otherwise would need to attend to these chores.
- Chauffeuring. So much time is spent taking children from one activity to another these days that it’s amazing anything gets done at home. Having another person available to share in the transportation responsibilities can make a big difference to everyone in the household.
- Individualized Care. The truly committed nanny gives attention to her charges and they thrive under this attention. Because her sole job is to be there exclusively for the children, she has the ability to focus on them in a way daycare providers are unable to.
- Gap Coverage. For dual income households where parents have to be at work long before the kids need to be at school and don’t get home until hours after the kids, nannies can help ensure the children are cared for during those gaps of time. Live-in nannies often take on household responsibilities once the children reach school age, which for some families is a huge bonus.
A nanny can be an asset to a busy family, particularly if both parents are working or if it is a single parent household. As more families include nanny care in their budget, the industry will continue to thrive; and of course, as long as children continue to be born, the world will need nannies.