Hobbies that May Help Your Nanny Career

img_7442Your hobbies and interests may actually increase your chance of being hired as a nanny. For example, if you are a talented musician the parents might appreciate your willingness to give the children piano lessons. Here is a list of hobbies and volunteer opportunities that could help you during a nanny interview and that you may want to list on your nanny resume.

1. Cooking or Baking

Planning a menu, organizing a shopping list, comparing prices, and cooking and baking for families is a very desirable skill for nannies to have. Busy parents who don’t have the time to go to the grocery store and cook nutritious meals every evening are often willing to pay nannies more to cook dinner for the family.

2. Playing a Musical Instrument

Playing a musical instrument is a healthy way to reduce stress. Plus, if you are skilled in playing an instrument you may be able to offer teaching the children to play the instrument you enjoy.

3. Sports or Fitness

If you like to swim, run, bike, hike, or work out at the gym it shows potential employers that you have a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is always a great way to cope with stress. If you play on a sports team it shows you can get along with others and would encourage your nanny kids to enjoy an active lifestyle and enjoy fitness.

4. Gardening

Being out in nature is wonderful. Gardening is a hobby which most parents would encourage you to do with their children, especially if you will grow some vegetables with the children.

5. Volunteering

One of the biggest benefits of volunteering is to boost your resume. We have included baby, child, and pet-related volunteer work below but any volunteer opportunity shows potential employers that you have an interest in helping others and are involved in your community.

– Babies on Nicu Unit: Comforting infants at the local hospital shows parents that you have a passion for caring for children. Good references from NICU nurses can be most influential for parents choosing a nanny to hire.

– Reading Partners: Volunteer reading partners make a lifelong difference for kids who struggle with reading.

– Girls & Boys Club: When you volunteer at a Boys & Girls Club, you show parents looking to hire a nanny that you want to make a difference in the lives of youth and give back to your community.

– Animal Shelter: Many in-home child care providers don’t want to care for family pets. If you volunteer at an animal shelter or animal rescue, families with pets will gladly take notice.

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