So, you want to not only find a nanny job, but get one as well? If so, there are a few things you will need to do to set yourself apart from other candidates. Nanny jobs are becoming more and more popular for women (and occasionally men) who have hit a dead end in their careers, either due to layoffs or to some other insurmountable obstacle. Fortunately, nanny jobs are getting more and more plentiful, since among working mothers and two-income couples, working hours are getting longer and longer and workplace expectations more and more demanding.
First, to find a nanny job, you'll need to know where to look. There are many reputable online agencies around, so start with a Google search on the internet and see what comes up. If possible, use an agency that either targets your geographical location, or, if you are interested in relocating, find an agency in your desired new location. You should never have to pay any money whatsoever to register with an online or a “bricks and mortar” nanny agency: these fees, if any, are always paid by the employer.
If you don't find anything suitable online, then you may have to look a little harder. Look on your local Craigslist website for nanny job offers, as well as in your local newspaper or free ads bulletin. Also, word-of-mouth can work wonders: let everyone you know, even if they don't have children themselves, that you are looking for a job as a nanny. They may know someone you don't who could be the perfect match, and recommend you. Personal recommendations are always as valuable as gold when it comes to landing nanny jobs.
Once you've found a position you would love to have, then you will have to “sell yourself” to land that great position. At the very least, you should have a resume that outlines your prior experience with children, your stated objectives, your education and any relevant certifications such as First Aid or a childcare certificate, and contact details for references who have agreed to take calls or emails on your behalf. If you are very entrepreneurial, you might even consider having business cards printed up or even a brochure or flier describing your experience.
Dress neatly and conservatively for your interview. Cover any tattoos or body art that can be concealed: remember, you want to present a wholesome, fresh, professional image that any parent would be happy to have their children be seen with. Provocative or grungy dress is your personal choice, but should be worn on your days off.
Observe usual interview etiquette. Turn off your cell phone, have a pen and pad ready to take notes, and a copy of your resume that either of you can refer to during the conversation. Shine your shoes, make sure your hands and nails are clean and well groomed. Make up and jewelry should not be distracting: you want your prospective employer to focus on what you are saying, not wondering why you didn't take the time to take out that spinach caught between your teeth!
After the interview, be sure to send a personal thank you note, or at the very least an email, to thank them for their time and wish them the best of success in finding the best nanny for their children. This courtesy can go a long way in cementing you in the employer's mind. Also, make sure the answer message on your cell phone is professional and pleasant. Don't make your employer listen to in-your-face raw or sexually explicit holding music, or have your “please leave a message after the beep” message sounding like you're drunk or at a bar.
Remember, if you follow these instructions and have good references, it's just a matter of time before you land a nanny job. If you don't get hired, consider yourself lucky: the employer probably knows better than you if you would be a good fit for their family, and you don't ever want a nanny job with a family you don't click with. Good luck!