Only 5% of our 10,000+ applicants each year make it through our rigorous qualification process, so it’s important to carefully review the requirements in the job description to make sure that your resume meets the needs of the hiring family. We want to set you up for success in your job search, and in this post, we will share some of the characteristics of those who find success in our process, what hiring families are looking for, and how you can make the best first impression with your resume by sharing the right information for the position you are seeking. The folks who have been most successful in applying for our open positions are true individuals — but they typically share some important characteristics and are often:
- Adventurous (of course)
Lifelong learners—powered by confidence and curiosity—who inspire kids to be, too.
Progressive advocates who guide kids in their care to become active, global citizens.
Strong, vibrant communicators who nurture creativity and help kids find their place in the universe.
All-in go-getters for whom nannying isn’t a side hustle. It’s their chosen profession.
In addition to meeting the specific qualifications of the hiring family, to be considered for any Adventure Nannies placement, candidates must be:
- Able to verify at least three years of recent childcare experience
- Experienced working in private homes (for long-term nanny positions)
- Able to commit to a long-term position for at least 1 year
- Willing and committed to being paid “on the books” as a W-2 employee
- Up-to-date with child and infant CPR and first aid certifications
- Eligible to work legally in the United States
- At least 21 years old
Many families also require a four-year degree or higher (or the equivalent in child development fields), a valid driver’s license with a clean driving history, a valid passport, and the ability to travel internationally as positions require. If you don’t yet meet our qualifications, continue building your resume and apply when you’re ready!
Why is it so important to understand the minimum requirements from our agency, and the specific requirements of the hiring family (which are listed in the job description)? We base our decisions on who to move forward in our interview process on two things: your resume and your answers to any job-specific questions. If your resume doesn’t reflect your recent, verifiable childcare experience, we won’t be able to tell if you’re qualified for the position, and unfortunately, you won’t move past the very first step of our screening process. Be sure to review the resources and FAQs we’ve created for candidates so you have an even better understanding of our process, and what to expect once you do apply. Here’s how to make sure the resume you have uploaded is going to ‘wow’ us, and propel you to the next step of the process!
List out all the families you’ve worked for, most to least recent, with the ages of children, length of position, and job duties and responsibilities. Don’t forget to include anything special about the job that could make you uniquely qualified to work with a future family!
Include any degrees you have earned as well as any childcare-specific or NCS courses you have taken. Also, be sure to include any volunteering experience – families LOVE to see this!
Are you a master chef, an avid painter, or a budding musician? Do you speak multiple languages? Are you a world traveler? Let us know – the best nannies are well-rounded and passionate about more than just childcare!
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Perhaps in the past, you’ve been an office manager, waitress, barista, landscaper, or IT specialist. That’s super cool, but unless your job was related to taking care of children, leave it off of your childcare resume!
Now that you’ve got a better sense of our process, what hiring families are looking for, and why your resume (the first impression) is so crucial in your job search — why not check out the exciting roles on our job board? We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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If you are looking for an exceptionally skilled nanny, newborn care specialist, or private educator for your child, we’d love to hear from you!
If you feel that you have what it takes to become an Adventure Nanny, newborn care specialist, or private educator, reach out to us.