How to Write a CV for a Nanny Job

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If you are applying for a nanny job, you’ll need to craft a resume that lists the very nanny-specific skills you have acquired over the years. Your resume should be a targeted one, written with the nanny job in mind.

Here’s how to write your Nanny CV:

Step 1: Provide contact information

In this career more than any others, you’ll need to be as easy to contact as possible. After all, many parents need a nanny at the last minute or in case of an emergency, so you should provide email address, cell phone, and home phone. If you can provide parents any other way to get in touch with you, do so. (Note: Do not do this if you are applying via an agency, but only do so when sending your resume to parents directly.)

Step 2: Say why you enjoy being a nanny

Why are you a nanny? Is it because you can make good money, or do you enjoy taking care of kids? At the beginning of your CV, add a few sentences describing what makes you a great nanny, what you enjoy about it, and why you think parents will benefit from hiring you. Keep it short and snappy, and it will be a good "hook" to sell yourself.

Step 3: List your education

If you have been trained as a nanny or you have pertinent education, it’s important to list it on this resume. You want to not only list your high school and college information, but you should also add any certifications or degrees you have obtained that could pertain to your job as a nanny. Whether it’s a CPR certification, a course in child psychology, or a Master’s Degree in child development, list it all.

Step 4: Add details on past employers

You’ll want to create a section titled "Employment History", and in that section list your past employers. Start with your most recent job, and include the ages of the children that you cared for. If you’ve worked as a nanny for a number of families, list the ones that will be the most relevant--or your most satisfied customers. Make sure to include references (phone number, email, etc.) so future clients can contact your previous employers to verify your work.

(Note: If you don’t want to add references in your resume, you don’t have to, but you do need to inform employers that references are available upon request. This is important if you are sending your resume via an agency, but those sending the CV directly may want to include references in the resume.)

Step 5: Add any other pertinent information

Do you volunteer with underprivileged youth on the weekend? Were you a member of the Girl or Boy Scouts when younger? Did you spend a lot of time taking child care courses during your college years? Anything that could be pertinent to this job, list it in the "What You Need to Know About Me…" section.

See also: Getting Hired Abroad

Once you’ve added all these things, it’s time to go over the resume and check for spelling and grammar errors. Download a good resume template, and input all of the information with the right layout and formatting. It’s ready to send!