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Your Nanny Job Search

Working as a nanny can be a personally and professionally rewarding career choice. If you find a position with the right family, you’ll make a real difference in the life of that family and build relationships that will last a lifetime. As you search for a nanny position, keep in mind that all families and all positions are different. For this reason, you must take all the necessary steps to ensure that you choose the right family and nanny position for you. 

Important Things to Consider When Searching for a Nanny Job

For you to successfully work as a nanny, it is essential that you feel comfortable with your employers and with the children who will be placed in your care. Unlike working in retail or even in a large corporation, your customer service skills are not just for show, but have real meaning in terms of the way you are able to communicate your worries, your intuition and your hopes for the future of your charges. In short, working in the right situation for you will be the determining factor in how well you are able to do your job and how good you feel about doing it at the end of each day.

As you consider a career in in-home childcare, step back for a moment and take into account a few important factors that may determine how well a job as a nanny may suit you.

  • Do you know yourself well?
  • Do you value being part of an intimate team?
  • Are you confident in providing child care without supervision?

It is true that knowing yourself well makes you better able to get to know those around you. Parents look to fill openings for nanny jobs with caregivers who are competent and reliable team players. Parents also want to hire someone they feel comfortable being around. They want to be able to talk freely to their caregivers and relate to them on a personal level.  These things are important to nannies too. As a nanny, if you know exactly what to look for in a family you are better able to narrow down your potential employment matches.  

Before starting your job search, consider making a list of things to look for in a potential family. Review your prior caregiving experiences and consider what worked for you and what didn’t. Consider what you loved about the job and what you hated. Think about what your “must haves” are and what things you are willing to be more flexible on. Understanding and learning from your past experiences will make it much easier to find a nanny job that you love.

If you have never worked as a nanny before, you will have to do a little research to find out what job situation may be best for you. Browse through Internet listings of nanny jobs and find out what different families are offering. Make a list of which situations sound appealing and which do not. Also, ask other nannies what they think is important to look for in a potential family. Making friends with other nannies and understanding first-hand what they like and do not like about their nanny job will make it easier for you to understand exactly what an ideal nanny job may involve.

When looking around for the best nanny job, consider some of the following:

  • Are you willing to relocate? If you are, consider physical changes such as climate, as well as social opportunities you will have in a new place. Some nannies find it hard to adjust to live-in situations far from their hometown, while others love to travel and experience new places.
  • How many hours do you really want to work? Some nanny jobs involve long hours of intense supervision, while others are fairly relaxed. Think about what you normally do in your free time and how important that is for you.
  • How directed do you want your job to be? Some parents prefer to hire full-charge nannies who have the authority to plan their own days while others prefer to micromanage their children’s care and provide a specific daily schedule for the nanny to follow.
  • Are you prepared to make a career out of working as a nanny, or are you simply researching nanny jobs as a way to save money for school or travel? What are your goals for the future? Would you like to stay long-term with a family or would you prefer to just commit for one year.
  • Do you have what it takes to be a nanny? Do you have the childcare skills and experience to be a viable nanny candidate?

Evaluating your skill set, experience, personality type and priorities will help you choose the right nanny job with the right family.

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