While networking on Facebook, I was in conversation with a nanny who is having trouble finding a nanny or babysitting jobs.
I think we’ve all been in this position at some point.
Some of us clueless as to what our next move should be, where should we start looking, etc.
Finding a nanny job in an area where the demand for childcare is not popular is very tough.
However, you should continue searching until there are no other possible options.
If absolutely nothing comes up, then you might want to start looking for other job opportunities.
In this post, I want to share nine avenues to explore while on the hunt for your next rockstar nanny or babysitting gig!
1. A local nanny agency
A local nanny or placement agency helps make your search for jobs a bit easier.
When you first go to a placement agency, they will require you to fill out forms that ask for some of your personal information, such as your DOB, places of residence, social security number (for background checks) your experience, the type of job you seek, etc.
After they collect all your information, they will then try to match you with a family that has similar interest as you.
For example, A family may be looking for a part- time babysitter who is comfortable with walking the dogs and vacuuming. You, on the other hand, have mentioned that you are also comfortable with walking dogs and vacuuming.
Based on those similarities, the agency may see it fit to match you with that particular family.
So, in a nutshell, the job of the agency is to vet you as well as the family, and if the fit seems right for both parties, they will connect both of you.
The next step after the initial connection is to have set up an interview.
I’ve written some great tips I’ve used in the past to land my nanny jobs here, feel free to use those tips as much as you’d like! 🙂
2. An online nanny agency
An online agency or service is slightly different from the local agency.
While the local agency is hands-on and more involved in your search for a job, the online agency poses as a facilitator that provides a platform for you to do the searching for yourself.
This method takes a lot of time and patience but is proven to be very beneficial in this modern day and age. lol.
Beware, the competition is stiff so when you fill out your profile, make sure it’s top quality!
Oh, this one is huge and might be my favorite way of finding nanny or babysitting jobs.
I have personally built a huge reputation for myself in this one neighborhood I currently work.
To date, I’ve worked with eight families! Three of them were full-time jobs that lasted over three years, and the others were part-time gigs that went on for over six years.
How did I happen to find all these jobs? Referrals!
Parents love working with trusted nannies or babysitters their friends have used and recommended.
So, if you’ve had a job that ended because the mom decided to stay home, or the kids started school, and they no longer need your services, it’s not going to hurt to ask them to refer you to a friend.
They sometimes belong to online parent communities, and most times, other families post in those communities looking for nannies, part time sitters, emergency sitters, pet sitters, etc.
You can ask your previous employer to post an ad for you in their parent communities, too.
4. Continuing on the referral train, another option is to ask other nannies. They might have a friend or previous employer who’s looking for a nanny or sitter.
I’ve personally helped countless nannies find jobs this way.
5. Family & Friends
Ask your family and friends to refer you to someone they might know who’s actively looking for a caregiver.
6. Create Flyers & Business Cards
This is an old fashion, fun and creative way to put yourself and your services out there while searching for jobs.
On the flyers, be sure to include your availability, the type of services you offer, ( babysitting, emergency care, date nights, part-time or full-time nanny, etc.) and of course, your contact info.
Same for your business cards.
When your flyers and cards are ready, it’s time to go crazy with the posting.
Post them in places where parents frequent. Places such as schools, churches, libraries, gyms, sporting events, etc.
7. Post an ad in the newspaper
Posting advertisements in newspapers is another old fashion method, and some may say this is desperate, but hey, desperate times calls for desperate measures! LOL.
Post a newspaper ad and run it for 2-3 weeks. You never know what opportunity may come out of it.
8. Community bulletin boards
The role of a community bulletin board is to be used as a channel to keep communities up to date of event listings, weather, and other news.
Try posting an ad on one of these boards. Again, you never know who’s searching for help them with their kids or pets.
9. Social Media- Group communities
We all know how popular social media is nowadays.
Social media is one of the best places for you to network with other nannies and even parents.
Why? Because everyone and their granny is on social media! HAHA!
I suggest you take full advantage of these opportunities by joining relevant community groups and start networking!
A good benefit to joining these groups is having permission to post your own “ad” for nanny jobs.
Pretty cool stuff, right?
So friends, what do you think? Does anyone else have an avenue to explore?
Please do share? I want to hear about it!
Plus, sharing is caring… 😀