It’s Laura back with my next video which is specifically focused on nanny resumes.
I personally interview dozens of nannies each week for placement with our Concierge Service families. A question I am often asked is:
“How can I increase my chances of finding an amazing family to work with?”
My first piece of advice is to always have a professional nanny resume ready to go that clearly shows why you would be an excellent choice.
In the below video, I will walk you through one of my favorite nanny resume templates and show you what I feel really makes a resume stand out. Plus, some additional tips about including hobbies, experience and a cover letter.
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A transcript of the video can be found below:
Hi everyone, Laura from Nanny Parent Connection here.
Today I’m going to talk to you about “How To Write An Amazing Nanny Resume”.
I go through resumes all week long when I interview nannies for nanny positions and sometimes people connect with me about a position and I’d say, “That’s great! I would love to interview you, please send your resume.” I’m always surprised at how child care providers don’t have resumes, and I think it’s a really important way to convey professionalism in the industry.
Some nannies share with me that they don’t have a resume because they don’t need one. That may be true because I know a lot of nannies get their next positions through referrals, from their family, friend, or neighbors for example. However, having a resume is a really important way to convey yourself professionally.
When somebody has their resume ready to go when I ask for it, it tells me that they’re organized and they are serious about their job search.
Do make sure to update your resume routinely. This could be a habit you get into each time you take a new nanny role. You can just write the start date until present and that leaves your resume open and ready to go for your next position.
A resume that needs updating tells me that you’re not quite as prepared for an interview as you could have been.
Do make your resume look nice and professional. Search online for ideas on resume writing or templates.
I’m going to show you a great template that I love from resumegenius.com.
We’re going to go over here to my computer and check out this nanny resume sample.
What I like about this resume is that it’s just very clear-cut.
It has different sections that tell me exactly where I’m going to find the relevant information.
It has a lovely header, it has your contact information on the upper left, it has a nice summary of the professional profile so you can highlight how many years of experience you have, you can highlight some of the skill sets you might not initially think would be relevant to nanny care.
Any music skills you have, any organizational or time management skills multitasking, the ability to work well under pressure, reliability. Make sure you list those relevant skills. I’ll tell you that a lot of parents tend to seek out these skills, such as musical abilities or language skills when they are searching for nannies. While these aren’t required often, they are the icing on the cake so it’s a really good way to set yourself apart from the pack.
Don’t forget to list your experience, you want to list your most relevant experience first.
In this example, the person has listed the most recent two positions and then there’s also a section on the left here towards the bottom listing “education and credentials”.
This person has a music degree, they have some nanny certifications and awards, they have their driver’s license.
One thing that’s important that is not listed on here that I always look for is CPR first aid certification. That’s something I think is nice to have in any nanny situation. Just because you’re working around kids, it’s nice to know that somebody is trained in the event there’s an emergency, they will know what to do. That’s the one thing that I didn’t see on here that I would recommend having. And don’t forget that many parents will REQUIRE First Aid/CPR certification!
Make sure that you have a professional-looking resume. Check out the different templates, there are a ton online, and again this resume example that I like is on resumegenius.com.
Make sure you spell-check and proofread your resume.
I can’t tell you how many times punctuation marks are missing or there are capital letters that are missing. Whenever you’re writing a resume, make sure you’re not writing in all lower case, for example. Grammar errors are really important and sometimes we don’t catch these things that we write ourselves. It’s really helpful to just ask a friend or a family member ”Hey, can you pick up this and just make sure that I didn’t make any errors or maybe give me some feedback if there’s anything that you would recommend changing!” That’s a really important piece.
Grammar errors are really common, and I’m always impressed by somebody who has a resume that’s well put together, with no spelling or grammar errors.
On a nanny resume, don’t leave out the babysitting experience.
If you’ve been a professional nanny for several years, you probably don’t need to include this, but if you’re newer and you have more recent experience, make sure that you summarize your babysitting experience. Don’t list every role unless it was a more permanent position. But, you could just say “I’ve babysat between 2018 to 2020”.
Make sure you list the ages of children, the number of children you cared for, you can word it like this, “Cared for up to three children at a time”.
And, make sure to list out some of the job duties. Some great, relevant skill-sets, safely driving children to and from activities, meal prep for children, etc.
Don’t leave out any relevant skill sets. These could be things like languages, musical abilities, artistic skills, anything like that.
Parents love to see a well-rounded candidate with some skill-sets and hobbies and things that can be incorporated into the nanny role.
For example, if you’re a master Lego builder, say that! If you are an incredible sensory bin, say that, have fun with it. That’s another great way to set yourself apart from the pack.
Have fun with it and lists those skills that are transferable into nanny care.
Do consider adding your interests or hobbies to your resume.
They can be a great way to provide some insight as to who you are as a person so that you’re a little bit more personable instead of just information on a piece of paper.
Make sure to include any special licensures or certifications. This could even be your driver’s license, any education, any special training that you have done such as if you’re a newborn care specialist, anything like that will make your resume pop.
Do make sure to include your contact information and make sure that your email address is correct.
I have seen resumes with incorrect or old phone numbers or email addresses, so just scan through everything and make sure that things are accurate and up to date.
E.g. If you have a resume that has your email address from when you created it back when you were 13, “Miss email@example.com” time to upgrade that to “Sashahjones@gmail.com” for example.
Consider switching up your email address, make sure it’s correct, it’s accurate, and make sure it has a professional tone.
Do translate your skill sets if you are transitioning from a different role into nannying or your experience is on the light side.
Make sure that you talk about your organizational skills, your reliability, any volunteer work, anything like that.
If you have been around children as a camp counselor, lifeguard, tutor, etc. All of those things really have transferable skill sets, so talk that up and make sure you include those, if your resume is a little bit on the light side with actual nanny experience.
I can’t tell you how many resumes I see each week where somebody has applied for a child care role yet there is no child care experience listed on the resume.
Make sure you help me connect the dots. If you have child care experience, great! Either have it on your resume or have a stellar cover letter that helps me to connect the dots and see why you would be great for the role.
Now speaking of cover letters, do make sure you include a cover letter.
It’s an amazing way to help personalize your resume for the role without actually having to personalize your resume.
It can be concise, it can just be a few lines ”e.g. Thank you for taking the time to read my resume. I think I would be great for this role because… I would love to discuss this position with you further.”
Something really succinct is great, but it’s a fantastic way to just show that you take an extra step, you’re going to go the extra mile and you’re serious about your job search.
Alright, that’s it for now. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch “How To Write An Amazing Nanny Resume”. I hope these tips were helpful. These are things that I see and deal with each week so they are out there and I hope that you find this information helpful.
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