On Saturday 21st April 2018, our consultant, Tonya, represented Occasional and Permanent Nannies at International Nanny Training Day.
“International Nanny Training Day is held to recognize the needs of young children and to raise awareness of the positive correlation between nanny training and quality care.” (Nannypalooza).
At the conference, Tonya presented many valuable tips for Nannies to enhance job prospects and opportunities. She discussed factors such as Tips for CV Writing, Interviewing tips, the best way to present your Portfolio and email etiquette when dealing with prospective employers/agencies.
As a consultant who has worked for Occasional and Permanent Nannies for 16 years; Tonya was able to provide the Nannies who attended with an insight into what an agency is looking for when recruiting, and therefore how best to represent yourself when applying for potential jobs.
If you were unable to attend the conference but would like a read of some of Tonya’s tips please see a summary of these below:
- Don’t title your CV, “Curriculum Vitae”. There is no need to do this. Title it with your full name, along with all your contact details. This way, the consultant knows whose CV they’re looking at.
- Keep it concise. Your CV is not a story, don’t waffle or repeat yourself.
- Choose a format and stick with it. Don’t change it half way through. Keep the font the same size, type and colour throughout.
- Put your work history in chronological order. Starting with your most recent position. For each of your past jobs include:
– The start and end date
– The position you held
– Where the position was based
– The name of the family you worked for.
It’s best to put the above in bold.
- When describing the job…if you are a nanny, include the ages of the children you cared for at the start of your employment and point out any special skills/duties you carried out.
- Keep your CV up to date. Include all of your relevant work history details, right up to the present, making sure there aren’t any gaps in your work history.
- Highlight skills such as a driving licence or second language, these should be presented clearly on your CV.
- Include contact information for all of your referees. The more information the better, include their home address, email address and phone numbers. This should be on a separate page so you can choose who you send it to.
- Give your CV to a friend to read. You may have left out some information, or written something that isn’t inherently obvious to someone who doesn’t know you.
- Lastly, always spell check.
We hope you have found the above useful, if you want to update your CV please send it on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Helen McCarthy and UK Nanny for inviting us to attend.