How to write a professional looking nanny resume?
Your nanny resume or as we call it your “nanny profile” is the first thing your potential employer will see. In other words, if you have a professional looking resume you will automatically attract more interested families, which means more interview invitations and this will lead to potentially more job offers. And wouldn’t it be great not to feel forced into a new position just because you feel the pressure, but to be able to actually choose a nanny job that is right for you?
You probably think now “I’m so busy, I don’t have the time to list all nanny jobs I have ever done”. Nannies believe us – writing a great nanny resume can be super simple and doesn’t take much time at all. Furthermore, just think about how time-consuming it is to search for countless jobs, register with numerous nanny agencies and then eventually only get invited to a few interviews. For this reason, we know that investing a little more time in a professional looking nanny resume will save you lots of time in the long run.
Here are a few tips on how to write a professional looking nanny resume:
What if you have “too much” nanny experience?
Especially very experienced nannies are often worried that they have to list every position they have done in the last 20 years. In this case, we always recommend focussing on the last 10 years. However, you can still use the “About me” section in your My Nannies profile (or a cover letter if you are not registered with us) to give a brief overview of your overall childcare experience.
What if you have “too little” nanny experience?
In this case, you should include every experience where you have ever worked with children, even it was only for a short time. For example, did you ever give tutoring lessons? Or maybe you have babysat your neighbour’s children or volunteered in a school? Moreover, try to write a few sentences underneath every experience, including what you have learned and why you think this is beneficial for your next position.
What if you had a lot of short term positions (e.g. maternity nurses)?
There is no point to list every temporary job you have had in the past years. This applies in particular for maternity nurses, because there is not much value if you include every single booking you had. As an example, let’s say you have worked as a maternity nurse for the past 5 years, you could summarise your experience like this:
2014 – 2019 – Date
Materntiy Nurse in London for various families – Position title and location
Age of the children: Newborn – Assume that the family has no idea what a maternity nurse is
Duties: Teach and advise parents on newborn care, help to implement a routine, integrate baby into the family, …. – Explain to families what kind of duties you covered to give them an understanding on how they can benefit from your experience
How you should list your childcare experience?
For you, it might be very obvious what a nanny does on a daily basis. But put yourself into the shoes of a family who has never hired a nanny before. Most of the time, they have no idea how much their children can actually benefit from your experience. Therefore, list your childcare experience as clearly and detailed as possible. We listed a good example on how to do that for you below.
September 2016 – March 2019 – State the exact date
Full Time Live Out Nanny in London – Job title and location, always mention if this position was full time/part time, live in/live out
Children: 2 children (3 months and 2 years) – Number and age of the children you looked after
Duties: supporting both children in their development, organised various educational activities, nursery drop offs and pick ups, prepared nutritious meals, planned playdates, light housekeeping related to the children (such as laundry, tidying up the playrooms, changing bed sheets), responsible for the safety and welfare, supervised bath and bed time, read stories, …. – Assume the reader of your nanny resume has never heard about the actual duties of a nanny
And finally, don’t forget to mention your educational background or any courses you have attended
Even if your studies weren’t childcare related – include every school you went to or course you have attended. This will give families a better overview of your personality. As an example, what if you have studied “Fashion Design” and both of the parents are working in fashion? All of a sudden, they see that they have something in common with you and your nanny resume stands out to them. On the other hand, it shows families that you are a creative person, which might be exactly what they are looking for.
We truly hope that this guide was helpful to you. Now, let’s get behind your computer and show families why they should hire you as their next nanny.
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