We have been discussing how to find a great nanny job during an economic recession.
I would never say a professional, experienced, reputable nanny cannot find a great salary and good benefits during the economic recession. But it's common sense that there are less nanny jobs available, and more nannies looking for jobs. During these tough economic times job seekers need more time to find good jobs.
If you have enough time to search for a great job there are still some awesome nanny jobs available. If you walk out on a job, or get laid-off but didn't pay taxes (so you won't be able to collect unemployment benefits), there is more urgency to find a job -- any job. If you are desperate for work, the salaries being offered may be lower than you are used to in the past.
So, if you are desperate to find a nanny job right now, you really must ask yourself if your salary and benefit demands are competitive with others in the same boat as you.
The fact remains that many parents have lost jobs. I know so many nannies that had to cut back hours at work, or take on a second nanny job to make ends meet when their employers are cut back at their own jobs.
To remain competitive nanny candidates should keep their salary requirements reasonable. Caregivers should speak with all local nanny placement agencies to determine the going rate where they hope to work. Nannies should be flexible and professional when asking for salary and benefits.
Our best advice is to get paid-on-the-books so you can collect unemployment benefits if you are laid-off and if you want a new job, start interviewing while you are still employed. During tough economic times you need more time to find a great job.
Were you laid-off? How long were you unemployed?