Nanny agencies always tell me to update my resume every six-months. But, who really does that? Since I am happily employed, I am not looking for a new nanny job. I have a full-time nanny job and since I work such long hours each week, I seldom even take on extra weekend babysitting jobs.
Each summer I get two-weeks paid vacation. When an owner of a nanny agency asked if I'd be interested in working a few evenings for a friend of hers during those two-weeks I decided, "Sure, why not make a few extra bucks?"
But, the agency owner needed my resume, written references, and identification to run a background check before she could introduce me to her client.
Thankfully, my resume was already on my computer and all I needed to do was update the resume with my current job. Having the resume, copy of my CPR/First Aid certification and driver's license, and five written references all stored in my personal computer I was able to email my information to the agency owner quickly. Even the parents mentioned how impressed they were at my organization and ability to provide so much important information so quickly.
I am happy to say I not only got that extra babysitting job at a great pay rate, I babysat for a celebrity family!
I highly recommend updating your resume and getting all important documents scanned into your computer so they available at a moment's notice, even if you aren't looking for a new job.
Well Before Your Next Job Search Prepare the Following Documents:
- Your Standout Resume: Click here to learn how to make a stellar nanny resume.
- Written Letters of Reference: Click here to learn how to obtain written letters of reference.
- CPR/First Aid Certification: If you already have your CPR/First Aid certification scan the card or certificate into your computer to provide to potential employers. Or, take a class now so you are certified before you have to start looking for your next job.
- Driver's License: Driver's licenses are the most common form of identification. But, more imporantly, nannies that can drive are more in demand. Be sure to scan your driver's license into your computer so you can have it when needed. If you can't drive, consider getting your license as most parents want to hire a caregiver that can drive.
- Nanny Portfolio: Finally, start organizing all this paperwork in your nanny portfolio.