New Year = New Job
- job creep
- sudden hour decrease
- disrespectful employers
- abusive children
- unpaid overtime
- STAY ALERT TO NEW AND BETTER POSITIONS. It’s vital that you keep your resume fresh and filled with a wide range of experiences. This will make you more attractive to nanny agencies and more sought after by parents. While it is important to build up solid references and maintain a reputation of loyalty, if your vocation is childcare, you will want to have a keen sense of where your career is heading. Staying with a family beyond seven years isn’t a badge of loyalty it’s a big red flag that suggests you procrastinate and lack focus. Misplaced loyalty will simply stagnate your skills and deter new prospects leading you down a dead-end road of decreasing hours and income.
- SPECIALIZE! Niche nannies like baby nurses and tutor nannies often earn more per hour than generic nannies. Being a niche nanny does require more flexibility but if you’re willing to specialize you could find yourself in demand. But how can you specialize? Are you good with infants? Have you built up a client base that can attest to your experience? Ask those people if they would consider acting as a reference down the line. Consider taking some evening courses that add credibility to your resume. Basic certificates like CPR and First Aid can be obtained easily through local health centers. If you have built up experience with babies and are self-educated in sleep training, common infant conditions and pediatric nutrition, why not add a feather to your bow and apply for jobs with multiples? Parents with twins are willing to pay more for competent, experienced care-giving.
- OWN YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS! Do you have a background in education? Are you proficient with numbers, in the sciences or in literacy? Do you have experience helping your own children with their home-work? Transfer those skills into your resume and apply for jobs working with older children. Are you involved in the arts? Are you are an actor or an artist? Do not be shy! Seek work experiences that enhance your natural skills. Consider supplementing your weekday nanny job with weekend work over the Summer in children’s camps or city programs. Look for low-cost evening courses that you can take and add these to your resume. Agencies like Smart Sitter actively source care-givers with additional skills and gifts.
Move on.Urban nannies generally earn more per capita than rural or suburban nannies. Elite nannies who earn high incomes often work for the 1%. This type of employer tends to live and operate in large metropolitan centers like NYC or LA.
Here’s what eNannySource recommends that nannies follow in their job search.
3. Go online and make online registrations at all of the online nanny agencies and job sites such as Indeed.com you can find.
4. Go to local nanny agencies in your city and make applications there. Find out from your friends which nanny agencies are the most reputable in your area.
5. Have a good picture of yourself to post in your online registrations. Appropriate dress, smiling and it should include only you or you and a child, no one else. Be sure that you’re close enough to be seen in the picture.
6. Write out in a word processor what you want to say about yourself and be sure it’s well written and free of grammar and spelling errors. Be sure to use complete words and punctuation—this isn’t text messaging!
7. Go online and search for appropriate nanny jobs and make your applications for the jobs.
8. Respond promptly to all emails and phone calls.
- You might hate the new job or the culture or the boss. People tend to see only what they want to see when they’re considering a new position, but this is a time when you should be as clear-eyed as possible. Don’t let yourself overlook danger signs or you might jump from one bad situation into another.
- The new job might pay more, but it also might lay you off in three months. What do you know about the new employer’s financial stability versus your current employer’s?
- Are the things that are driving you away from your current job things that you might be able to change by speaking up? Or that you might be able to live with more or less happily by changing your perspective?
So keep your eyes open for new opportunities, enlist now with reputable nanny agencies and build up your network of nannies as often jobs arise through the nanny grapevine. If you join a nanny agency but are not ready to change jobs, ask agents not to contact your current employer for a reference.