We very frequently have nannies contact us looking for job placement services. We strongly encourage that and we are more than happy to interview and pre-screen them in order to have them in mind for appropriate families. Since we have a deep partnership with eNannySource we request that you submit your application there. We will utilize that system to contact and screen all nanny candidates for openings with National Nannies. Here are some of the current nanny jobs in our system:
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To be considered for any of our nanny jobs please register at eNannySource as our agents will require you to have a valid account there before setting up an interview with you.
10 Tips for Landing Your Next Nanny Job
Finding a family to nanny for is no easy task these days as people continue to try to cut back on their expenses. Because it’s getting harder to find a viable nanny position it’s important to find a way to set yourself apart from all of the other potential nannies out there. The next time you’re looking to land a new nanny job, keep these points in mind:
- Join different Nanny networks: You’ll be able to land interviews much more quickly if you’re involved in some of the different nanny communities. You should look into joining different nanny-related websites, such as eNannySource or NannyPro, where potential families can seek out nannies in their area as they need them. It’s much easier to find a job when you have some help being paired with families then it is trying to seek them out on your own.
- Dress appropriately: While you may want to skip the suit when you go in for a nanny interview, you also want to make sure that your clothes aren’t too suggestive or revealing. Your attire should reflect your position and should be professional and conservative, but also kid-friendly. You can never get a second first impression so make the first one count. This means arriving in clothes that show that you are mature, professional, and prepared for dealing with kids.
- Arrive to the interview a few minutes early: It’s a good idea to adhere to the policy of “early is on time, on time is late”. Showing up to the interview a few minutes early will show that you’re professional and dependable. Most families will need the nanny to get to work a few minutes early because getting to work any later than that can cause everyone to be running behind.
- Get all of your certifications: Before you start interviewing get certified in as many different ways as possible. You should have up-to-date first aid and CPR certifications, and you may also want to look into taking the Nanny Basic Skills Exam and Nanny Credentials Exam that the International Nanny Association offers. Having these types of certifications shows that you are willing to go above and beyond to set yourself apart from the crowd.
- Bring a Nanny Kit: One good tool to bring with you is a kit full of goodies such as coloring books, books to read, and small toys, that you can bring with you and your ward if you end up leaving the house during your on-duty hours. This will show that you’re prepared, that the kids can leave their own toys at home if you’re out, and will be a good change from the toys the kids regularly play with when they are at home.
- Have practical salary expectations: While you may want to lock in a high paying salary right away it’s important to be prepared for a salary that is indicative of your nannying history and reflective of the hard economic times. Most people are still trying to find ways to cut back on expenses and while you may not want to take a job that pays too low, you also don’t want to miss out on an opportunity because it’s not as high as you may have originally wanted.
- Don’t forget your resume: Just because you aren’t going into a formal office and interviewing for a desk job doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to bring a resume complete with references. Being a nanny is a sensitive job because you are watching over the most precious thing in the world to the parents – their kids. You should have strong references that will attest that you have been a highly successful nanny and to all of the best attributes you have that differentiate you from other candidates.
- Be prepared with relatable anecdotes: A lot of interviews will include possible scenarios that will require a decisive, intelligent response from a nanny, and you need to be prepared to answer how you would respond to these situations. Having stories that you can relate back to these hypothetical situations, complete with how you responded, why it worked or didn’t work, and what (if anything) you would do differently should the situation happen again is a good way to show that you are prepared and reliable in stressful situations.
- Don’t forget to ask questions too: As much as you are interviewing for a job, you are also interviewing the family to see if they would be a good fit for you. Ask intelligent questions that show you’re interested in getting to know how they would like you to respond to situations that require disciplinary action, who to contact if something happens to the child, etc.
- Ask if you can play with the child(ten): Interviewing with the parents is obviously important, but it’s also important to make sure that you are compatible with the child or children that you will be watching. During the interview ask if you can meet or play with the kids. It will not only give you a glimpse of who you’ll be spending the majority of your days with, but it will also show the parents that you care about forming a relationship with their child.
Finding the perfect nanny is hard for a lot of families because it’s such a personal decision. By doing everything you can to set yourself apart from any other nannies you’ll land a new nannying position in no time at all.
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