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Your Profile is a Very Powerful Glimpse of You…Take Time to Build it!

Often times, when caregivers respond to a job advertisement or create a profile about their work experience, they neglect to take the time necessary to ensure that the information provided is palatable to the reading audience. I understand the anxiety involved in searching for a job, the urgency one feels when responding to a job advertisement; however, utmost care must be taken to ensure that correct grammar and sentence structure is used. Parents are increasingly seeing the value in hiring a caregiver that can provide custodial care while simultaneously nurturing the cognitive development of their children. Hence, it is critically important to ensure that your resume or response to a job application is free from spelling errors and proofread several times. Repeatedly reading your writing aloud is a good way to identify and correct mistakes.

Keep your bio short but convey critical information such as your experience, education, work ethic, availability, and a brief synopsis of your caregiving experience and philosophy. What’s your story? What are your ideals and values? And how will you add value to a child’s life and ultimately the family structure? Articulate all of this information precisely.

Respond to emails promptly and avoid the use of slang and text-message language. Text jargon such as “brb” and “ttyl” is very annoying and unprofessional.  Ensure that you are not responding to scammers, and whenever you have a chance to meet with a family, request a meeting in a public space such as Starbucks or Panera Bread.

Let your profile stand out by devoting extra time to perfecting it, and always ensure that you have a handy resume available.

Lastly, remember that you are not alone. Many people find it quite difficult to build a resume. Post questions about building your bio here.

 

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2 thoughts on “Your Profile is a Very Powerful Glimpse of You…Take Time to Build it!

  1. HI MY NAME IS HELENA AND I AGREE WITH YOU IN SOME POINTS, I WAS WORKING LIKE A BABY SITTER AND NANNY FOR ALMOST THIRTEEN YEARS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES,AND TWENTY YEARS IN MY COUNTRY LIKE A PRE KINDER , KINDER, AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER.IT’S CORRECT ABOUT THE WAY YOU MUST RESPOND TO A JOB ADVERTISEMENT,BUT MY EXPERIENCE HAVE SHOWED ME THAT :THE PARENTS ARE INTERESTED IN SOMEONE WHO IS RESPONSABLE AND HAVE VERY GOOD REFERENCES. SOMEBODY THAT THEY CAN COMUNICATE WITHOUT PROBLEMS.WITH THESE THEY CAN EVALUATE YOU. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO SEE YOU INFRONT OF THE KIDS .”THEY ARE THE MAIN CHARACTERS OF THIS MOVIE” SOME WOMEN SHOW THAT THEY ARE NICE ,SWEET, BUT IF THE PARENTS KNOW THEIR KIDS THEY CAN NOTICE THIS. WITHOUT ASKING ANY QUESTION.THATS WHY I THINK THAT THE INTERVIEW MUST BE IN THE HOUSE ALWAYS .AND ITS IMPORTANT FOR THE PERSON WHO IS GOING TO WORK.I ALWAYS SAY THAT WE NEED REFERENCES OF THE FAMILY TOO . THANK YOU IM SORRY THAT MY ENGLISH IS NOT THE BEST ONE

    HELENA SUAREZ

    • Welcome to our community, thanks for great post! I do believe that an interview in the home is critical, with the kids present. My point in the earlier post is that safety is paramount and to ensure that the job interview is a credible one before venturing out to someone’s dwelling which could be a remote locations in the suburbs. Once that’s achieved, then an interview with the kids present must be done so you the caregiver can have some idea of the family type, their values and have some understanding of the kids themselves.
      I support your point that caregivers must be vigilant in finding out about the potential hiring families. Just as a reference is required of you, the family should furnish you with a reference also. This is an area I wrote about in my book. Remember these parents will never accept a job if they have not done sufficient research on the company they are interested in. You are no different! Lastly ask as many questions as possible to better understand the job and the potential employers.

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