How to Land Your First Nanny Job

So You Want to Be a Nanny?

Whether you have been out of the workforce raising your own family and are ready to work again, want to change careers, or starting your first job fresh out of high school or college, here are some tips to finding your first nanny job.

1. Education:

Education and training always help job seekers land better jobs. Consider taking child development or early childhood education courses at the local college or nanny training workshops offered at professional nanny conferences. Consider specialized training as a Newborn Care Specialist, Doula, or Lactation Specialist.

2. CPR/First Aid Certification:

All nanny candidates need to become CPR/ First Aid certified for children and infants. Also consider getting the following certifications: take the International Nanny Association Nanny Credential Exam, get a Water Safety and Lifegaurd Certification, become a Child Passenger Safety Technician, and learn about Food Handling Safety.

3. Get Experience:

Do as much babysitting or working with kids as possible, including volunteer opportunities.

4. Use Hobbies to Your Benefit:

Caregivers that are strong swimmers or gifted musicians can offer to teach kids to swim or give piano lessons.

5. Resume:

Click here to see how to make a stand out resume. No matter your previous job experience, make a resume focusing on your best attributes.

6. References:

Get your job references lined-up.  Be sure to ask former employers directly if they are willing to be contacted for a job reference before sharing their contact information with potential employers. Do not list someone as a reference unless you have their permission.

7. Apply with Nanny Agencies:

Most nanny agencies have applications to complete online. Click here to see how to fill out a nanny agency application. Note that nanny placement agencies never charge a nanny candidate to apply with them. Parents pay for the background checks so do not get scammed into paying for the background screening.

8. Use Online Job Sites:

Be very cautious when meeting a parent for a job interview for the first time if you are introduced online. Be sure to meet in a public location, like a coffee shop, and let your friends and family know where you are meeting.

9. Network with Everyone:

Tell anyone and everyone who will listen that you are searching for a new nanny job. Plenty of great jobs are found word of mouth.

10. Arrive Prepared for the Interview:

Here is our advice on preparing for a nanny job interview. Before going to the interview, pick out a few of these questions you would like to ask the parents during the interview.

11. Make a Great First Impression:

Make a great first impression by being on time, being polite, dressing in a clean business casual outfit, bring all your paperwork including your resume and photo identification so the parents can run a background check on you, and be prepared to answer the questions we list in the link above. Also be sure to interact and play with the children if you get to meet them.


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