Written by Brooke Strickland for Nannies Plus

Are you a professional nanny or family assistant planning to search for a new job soon?

You might be thinking about what type of family you would like to work with and what areas are most convenient. Before you set out on your journey to your next position, you’ll need to take a close look at your resume to ensure it accurately reflects what you have to offer. Here are some things to keep in mind.

List your most recent professional childcare positions first.

Families are looking for your most current experience. So, be sure to detail how long you worked with your last family, what your job title was, the ages of the children at the start of the position, and what specific job duties you had. Provide as much detail as you can. This gives potential employers a glimpse into your expertise so they can see if it aligns with their family needs.

Include recent nanny or family assistant-related training or completed certifications.

Classes, training, or certifications related to your professional nanny career are important to include in your resume. List these at the top of your resume. This helps catch the eye of prospective employers and can help you stand out among other candidates.

Check for spelling and grammar mistakes.

If your resume is littered with grammar and spelling mistakes, employers might immediately disregard you and put your resume to the side. So, make sure you thoroughly review each portion of your resume so it’s clean, easy to read, and accurate.

Update your reference list.

Are the people listed as your references still willing and able to serve in that capacity? Check with them to see if they’re still willing to provide a referral for you. If you have another person that might be a more recent reference to add, ask them in advance if they are okay with being listed, so they aren’t surprised to get a call from a potential employer.

Consider highlighting interests outside of work.

This isn’t necessary, but it can give employers a glimpse into who you are and what you’re passionate about. For example, do you volunteer regularly somewhere in the community? Do you serve on the board of a local or national non-profit? Do you have other accomplishments or interests that showcase your contribution to society? Consider adding those.

At Nannies Plus, we love helping place qualified, experienced professional nannies and family assistants in homes across San Francisco, The East Bay, Marin, and Sonoma County. Contact us today to begin the process of finding a new role that you love. We look forward to helping you find the ideal family match!