Nannies With Agency Stand Out

Published by Matt Mason,

Nannies With Agency Stand Out

What do I mean by nannies with agency?

Agency is about taking control of your career. Your sense of agency will greatly impact your search for a new family, whether through an agency or searching under your own steam.

In today’s marketplace, nannies must set themselves up as small businesses ready to engage agencies and families.

You are all entrepreneurs running a business – and that business is YOU.

While traditional agencies will offer excellent roles you will not see anywhere else, you can also independently discover excellent opportunities.  And the more professional your setup, the more it impresses both agencies and families.

Here are five top tips for nannies with agency.

Tip 1:  Have a killer CV and organised paperwork

The role of a CV is to secure you an interview.  EVERY word and line should work for that purpose.
– Give too little, and it gets overlooked.
– Give too much, and it won’t get read.

If you have limited experience, a well-presented, sharp one-page is fine.
If you’re a career nanny and your CV goes on and on, try to trim it down by moving older roles into your portfolio.

Keep your CV current and relevant, and don’t make it an autobiography.  If people want your career history in long-form, you can provide that later.

Be careful about oversharing on your CV. For example, don’t put the contract details of your referees on your CV. These contacts are of great value to you, and if they get pestered by lots of speculative calls, they may withdraw their support. Instead, share their contact details later on in the recruitment journey.

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When a family or agency wants more (and they will), your portfolio presents your career history, qualifications, completed training, and a copy of your references for follow-up. Pull this together and keep it current, as it will impress at the interview stage.

Keep your original certificates and accreditations safe and organised (ideally, in your portfolio). It’s fine to share digital or physical copies early in the process. However, families will want to see the originals before an appointment. But only do this in person for the risk of losing your original documents.

Tip 2:   Make yourself stand out

I frequently come across a bland CV, talk to the nanny, and find out they are dancers, musicians, linguists, educators, keen cooks, experts with an age group, etc.  And it’s hidden away. 

Think about how these skills transfer to childcare and show them off.  Ask yourself what sets me apart and build around it.

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Nanny Sarah
I always try to find my own work.  I am a creative person, and I work in the arts and with children.  My typical role is part-time, and I tend to work simultaneously in a few different jobs.  Some agencies struggle to see my value as I do more than nannying; therefore, they don’t see me as a ‘real’ nanny.   And they often don’t support part-time roles.  So, direct approaches to families are really important to me.

Tip 3:  Be confident and negotiate

Negotiation for any role goes beyond salary. It also encompasses the hours, duties, expectations, working relationship, and everything else included in the contract.

The negotiation is a series of conversations to ensure you are aligned before entering an employment relationship. And, like any relationship at this early stage, they’ll likely be give and take on both sides.

The more aligned you are with your employer, the happier the relationship will be. And if you don’t share things properly at the beginning, the more likely cracks will appear later on down the road.

I often see nannies commenting on roles where the pay is too low, the hours are too long, or the family demands too much of their desired nanny.  Nannies with agency recognise the potential of the role on offer and negotiate (and educate) the family.

Yes, that’s not always realistic, as the family may be way off, but there will be occasions when a role is poorly presented because they don’t know any better.   That’s not a moment to vent.  It’s an opportunity to take the initiative and lead the way.

And you’re always only a couple of clicks away from help and support. The nanny community is so supportive. If you post a question to the right group, you will get guidance on approaching a particular issue or challenge.

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Tip 4:  Run and present your childcare services as a business

I see this more with Maternity Nurses than in nannies, and I think it’s great.   Perhaps it’s because they are more likely to be self-employed and therefore more business-minded?

This is as much about mindset as anything else. Think of yourself as a business rather than a domestic employee.  You are joining a family to make it work rather than working for a family. 

Nannies with agency will lead the relationship and shape the role to what it needs to be.  After all, you are the childcare expert, and they are paying for your expertise.

Tip 5:  Polish your social footprint and make strong approaches

Nannies with agency have a sharp social footprint. Any family (or agency) running a search will check your social footprint. 

Check your profiles, pics, comments, etc.  Better still, create a page or single-page website and set up your nannying as a business – it will help you control what people see when they check you out.  And they will.

Also, make strong approaches, as first impressions count.

I’m seeing more nannies replying to posts with a warm and welcoming introduction and an invitation to connect. Often alongside a well-designed ad card.

These replies grab attention and get more engagement from families and agencies. They send out a signal that you mean business and that you’re professional.

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There is much more to share, but these are my top five.  Hit our socials to tell me what I have missed!

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