Taking care of children is a big job. When their happiness and well-being depends on you, it is important to prove to potential employers that you are both dependable and qualified enough to take on the responsibility of looking after the little ones. The first step to obtaining a position as a nanny is an impressive resume outlining what it is that makes you the best one for the job.
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Things you need
- Computer with Microsoft Word, WordPad or any like program
Open a Word document on your computer and begin by choosing a professional font size, style and colour for your resume.
Start your resume by listing your name and contact information. This should include your address, phone number and e-mail at the top of the page.
Create a heading below your contact information reading "Objective." Below, state what it is you wish to achieve by applying for the nanny position.
Create a heading below your objective reading "Qualifications." Here, state any true abilities, experience, or demonstrative qualities you possess that would appeal to potential employers. Suitable additions to this section include: first-aid certification and how many years of experience you have in the childcare field. Give attention to details and provide examples where applicable.
Create a third heading reading "Education." Here you will list, starting with the most recent, the schools and/or programs you have attended. Specify the completion of any programs and/or the highest level of education you have received. Include the year you attended or completed the program.
Create a heading reading "Work Experience." Below, outline any experience you have within or outside of the childcare field. Along with a description of your responsibilities at that particular job, state your job title, the name of your employer and the months and years you worked there.
At the bottom of your resume, create a final heading reading "References." Upon your own discretion, you may choose to include the statement "available upon request," wherein potential employers, if interested, will approach you at a later date for any references you may have. Otherwise, include any references you may have whom you are sure will adequately (and truthfully) vouch for your experiences and abilities in caring for children. References may include previous employers or personal relations, but may not include family members.
Creating a Suitable Nanny Resume
Tips and warnings
- When creating your resume, make sure it looks professional as this detail will speak to your character. Also, tailor your resume to suit the job you are applying for. If your qualifications are directed toward childcare and nanny work, you will seem better suited for the job over someone whose qualifications are outside of the childcare field.
- A resume should not read like a novel. Keep your sentences short and concise. Bullet points are an excellent tool for formatting good resumes that get directly to the point.
- You may also wish to include a cover letter. A cover letter is a formal letter directed toward a particular employer which includes any additional information not included in your resume.
- It is important to make yourself sound good when applying for a job, however, make sure that every detail is truthful and accurate. Also, avoid statements that make you sound overly-confident. Instead of simply saying "I am a great nanny," outline what it is that makes you a great nanny, providing suitable experiences and examples.
- Do not write your resume by hand. In today's digital world, this is strongly unappealing to employers.
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