NANNIES AND HOUSEKEEPERS PLEASE READ
Having interviewed thousands of Domestic Candidates over the years I thought I would post some helpful hints regarding the interview process. Today I will begin with THE RESUME.
Many of the Housekeepers and Nannies I interview have wonderful experience – years of working for families acquiring priceless skills from newborn or twin experience, full charge child care to cleaning finest of furniture and antiquities. I can not stress to you enough the importance of a resume. Any interview you go on be it with an agency or a prospective employer you MUST bring a resume with you.
If you were hungry and went into a restaurant to have lunch and there was no menu – how would you know what to order? Or you go the movie theater and there is no sign to display what movies are being shown – how could you make a choice on what you wanted to see? This is how an interviewer feels when they are meeting with a candidate who comes to them without a resume.
Domestically speaking – the resume itself can be simple. Below is a list of MUST haves.
- Your full name
- Your objective (ex: To obtain a position as a Full Time Nanny…Housekeeper)
- List your certifications and achievements put any and all here (CPR, CNA certification, bilingual, Newborn Specialist,
- List of your previous employment starting from the most recent job
Start with the dates of employment
List the Family’s last name
City and State of employment
The position you held (include either FT or PT)
The ages of the children UPON HIRE
The reason for leaving the position (put this in italics)
Do not put your previous employers telephone numbers on the resume if you are working through an agency. Provide the agency the numbers directly to do the references. Once a client is interested in hiring you they will contact the agency if they would like to speak to your prior employers personally.
Objective: To obtain a position as a Full Time Nanny.
Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Development
2002 – 2005
The Smith Family
Santa Monica, CA
Full Time Nanny
Ages of the children upon hire: 1yr, 3yrs, 6yrs
Responsibilities included but were not limited to the following:
Full charge care of 3 children on a daily basis
Driving children to and from activities
Scheduling play dates, doctors appointments, children’s activities etc..
Laundry for the children
Traveled with family on vacations
Reason for leaving the position: Family relocated.
1999 – 2002
The Pilar Family
…..and so on
This is obviously the most basic resume to have but it covers the most important facts an interviewer needs to know about you. The interview itself should be spent answering questions about your experience – not explaining it play by play.