Nannies looking for a job sitting with children or even the elderly should be prepared. Families will want information about you and your nanny jobs in the past. There is no way to be a better nanny then to be prepared with information about yourself as well as receiving information about the family you will be working for.
Background checks are part of the normal hiring process these days and having one on yourself up to date when you arrive for the interview would be a good idea. You could even do a little research about the family in advance or even request one from them. This way everyone is knowledgeable about the other party from the get go.
References are a good idea as well, up to date phone numbers of course. When you meet with a prospective family they will want to talk to past employers and check out the services you provided for them. You should also be prepared with a few references of friends and family just in case they ask. Word of mouth referrals always work the best.
Anytime that you leave an employer you should ask for a letter of recommendation. There are many reasons nannies move on from families, but if there are no regretful circumstances then by all means ask for a letter of recommendation. Depending on how many times you have left employers you could have quite a collection to display.
Meeting the child or children is a necessity when trying to decide whether or not to continue the process of applying for a job. There has to be a certain amount of chemistry between you and the little ones. Not to mention all child are not well behaved and if you don't have the tolerance then you will know now.
There should be some kind of contract either written or verbal between you and the parents if you both agree you are the right person for this job. Make sure your desires and limitations are known up front as well as theirs. An example would be that they definitely need someone to live in and that is not an option for you.
If at this point everything is moving along smoothly then discuss the probationary period that will help you be able to leave with notice if the job isn't for you. Sometimes you might find yourself in a situation that is not appropriate either by you or the employer. Or maybe they see that the children are having a hard time becoming close to you and would like to try someone else. But either way it will still be a good referral for you when applying somewhere else.
No matter how long you have been a nanny there will be times when your services are not required any longer for one reason or the other. If at that time you are prepared the transition will be easier getting into another job quickly. Build your portfolio and if working through an agency it will help there as well.
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