The hardest part of getting offered an amazing new position is often giving notice to your current family. You have developed such a strong bond with their kids, your schedules are intertwined, but when the time comes to give your notice, there is definitely a way to do it right.
At some point in every nanny’s career, the need to offer your notice and move on to the next placement will undoubtedly arise, but how do you quit your job in the right way? We’ve got a few easy to remember tips that will hopefully simplify this process for you while preserving your hard-earned reputation and professional references.
Step One: The Written Notice
The first step is to write a formal letter of resignation. Your letter should be extremely professional, with a few mentions of the specific aspects of the job that you have truly enjoyed, along with the respectfully stated fact that it is now time for you to move on. Thank the family for the opportunity to work with their youngsters, and provide a date for your desired final day of work. The length of your notice should reflect previous conversations and any contractual agreements reached between you and the parents.
Step Two: The Big Meeting
The next step is to set up a time to meet the parents in person to communicate your decision to move on from your current role. Try to hold the meeting at a time when everyone can be fully present and do your best to be accommodating in negotiating the transition. This can be a nervewracking process so consider having notes prepared to make sure that you express everything you intend to in the meeting. We strongly recommend having your formal letter in hand so that as you sit down with the parents and discuss your decision, you can leave the letter with them to peruse later.
Step Three: What To Do When Things Are Dicey
If your working relationship with the parents has been a struggle or is currently in a state of disrepair, they may actually be resistant to setting up an in-person meeting. In this case, we advise that you offer your notice to them via email along with the formal letter you’ve written, with an addendum that you’d be happy to speak more about it with them in person when it’s convenient. Keep in mind that this family may not provide the best reference for you in future endeavors, but your professionalism and respectfulness will be noticed by potential hiring parties, so keep your chin up and do your best to leave the position on the best possible terms.
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