Job Search Tips for Part-Time Nanny Jobs

If you are looking for work as a part-time nanny, you might find the following job search tips useful.

Nanny Agency

One good way to find part-time work caring for children is to register with a nanny agency. Often nannies working for agencies are paid more than those who find jobs on their own. Many times agencies offer continuing education courses that will help you become a better caregiver, and, as a result, increase your value to a potential employer.

Other advantages of using an agency are that it will take care of your job search for you and negotiate with clients on your behalf. Just make sure you let the agency know that you are only looking for a part-time position. The agency will do background checks and screen families for you, but some may also charge you a fee, so be aware of this when you are considering joining a particular agency. However, if you do decide to become part of an agency, you can use it as a mediation resource should any problems occur between you and the family once you are placed in a nanny position.

Before choosing a nanny agency, interview with several and find out what each one has to offer. You can look for ones in your local area or choose from one of the many online nanny services. When you find one that you believe will meet your needs, fill out all the required paperwork and make sure you understand all the procedures you must follow.

Help Wanted

If you decide you don’t want to work for a nanny agency, you can look for a part-time position on your own. You can check the “Help Wanted” section of the newspapers in your area. Once you find a position that interests you, follow the directions in the ad-whether it be mailing a resume, sending an email response, phoning a given individual or faxing the specified information.

Other Options

Other good places to look for listings of nanny openings are Craigslist and groovejob.com. Groove job will allow you to look for positions within a certain radius of where you live. You can also network, telling friends and family that you are looking for a nanny position in case they know anybody who might be interested in hiring you. You might even consider placing your own ad to let people know that you have nanny services available. You can post it on bulletin boards in grocery stores, churches, and college campuses. Creating your own web site describing your services is a good idea since then you can refer prospects to your site, so they can learn more about you and what you have to offer as a nanny.

Interview

When applying for any type of nanny position, you will at some point go to meet with the family and interview for the job. Make sure you are prepared for the interview by bringing your resume and references. You may also be asked to provide a copy of your driving record, a statement from you doctor verifying you are in good health, and any certifications you may have like CPR or educational credentials. For your own protection, do not provide your social security number or drivers license until after you are hired.

During the interview, try to get to know the family to see if you will be a good fit for them. Prepare some questions in advance and don’t be afraid to ask the family for references. Find out why they need a nanny and why their previous nanny left. Do your best to anticipate the questions you will be asked so you can have some answers ready and be confident in your responses. Also make sure you feel comfortable and that atmosphere is a safe one. If you are not interviewing through a nanny service, it’s a good idea to let some people know where you will be during your interview-just to be on the safe side.

Agreement

If you are offered a part-time nanny position and decide to accept it, make sure you get the employment terms written in a formal agreement before starting work. Specifically you’ll want to spell out what your duties will be, what hours you will be working, what your compensation will be, and what other benefits they are offering you.