Any time you are considering applying to jobs, it’s important to align your resume to best highlight your relevant experience. The resume is often the very first thing that a family (or any employer) will look at and you want it to be a strong reflection of who you are as an employee. Your nanny resume is the first impression you will make on a family and you want it to be a good one.
Nanny Resume: Professional Appearance
Just as you would (hopefully) show up for an interview looking professional and neat, your resume should do the same. This shows that you take your job seriously and consider it to be a career (not just a stopover) and that you take pride in your previous work. Always check for grammatical errors and typos and be sure that the flow of your resume is easy to read. There are lots of great resume templates, for free, online to help you get started!
Provide Complete Information
When sharing in your resume that you have nannied for previous families, or worked in different childcare related settings, be sure to be specific. Provide dates of employment in terms of the month and year you started the job as well as ended it. Specify the ages of the children you cared for and provide bulleted points of your job responsibilities.
Within your job responsibilities, show examples of ways that you engaged the child(ren) with hands on activities. Parents will want to feel from your resume that you interacted directly with the children and understand early childhood development.
Include Education, Relevant Certifications, & Trainings
Including any schooling or coursework in the field of education, child development, or related fields is always a good thing. If you have certifications in special needs, teaching, or CPR & first aid, be sure that they’re listed on your resume. Include any relevant trainings as well. For instance, trainings could include safe sleep, transportation safety, learning through play, baby sign language, and others.
Providing this information shows families that you have additional knowledge and see the importance current professional development to stay up to date with child trends and safety procedures.
Offer Strong References
When thinking about references it’s important to provide people that you have worked with in a professional capacity. Stay away from friends and family who may not provide a completely objective viewpoint. When parents are looking for a nanny, they want to speak with your previous employers in the childcare field. Some examples are: previous parents you’ve worked for and previous supervisors who can vouch for you as a childcare employee. Coworkers are not necessarily ideal as they can often be seen as a reference from a friend rather than a professional reference. Certainly, think about who you are providing and be sure that they are a person who will be able to answer questions with detail, provide examples, and highlight your strengths.
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About The Author
Sarah Proctor has worked with young children for over 25 years as a teacher, childcare director, nanny, and mom of two girls. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from UMass Amherst. In addition, Sarah has her Director 2 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care.