Do you want to earn as much money as possible with many benefits and expenses covered, giving you the opportunity to easily save? Can you dedicate yourself to a family in order to get all this? Do you wonder how to find these jobs and what these families are looking for when selecting a Nanny for their children?
Writing your Nanny CV for a job working for high profile and HNWI
If you have limited experience then try to think of any situations you have been in, with family, at school, clubs or charity work where you have come into contact with children or where you may have completed a task that required some skills that could be transferrable when working as a private Nanny. For example, have you done babysitting for family and friends? Have you helped organise a childrens party? Do you have younger siblings who you have helped with their homework or learning a sport? Maybe you worked in a hairdressers and some customers were children.
If you have lots of work experience then make sure the dates are all clear and in order, and don't keep repeating that you did the same duties in every job. If you do this you are wasting space. Rather try to reveal somethnig unique about each job. If you are struggling to find unique aspects to each job, then perhaps provide some detail about the location and house you worked in - did it have other private staff, did it have a pool where you swam with the children? Did you live-in or were you provided a seperate apartment or lived in a staff house? If you joined the family on foreign holidays where did you visit? Have you ever had to respond to a medical emergency or provide special care or work extra hours due to an unexpected event happening?
I feel it is very important to talk about your interests, hobbies, achievements, career aspirations, travel experience or dreams in order to give some sight into your personality. A Nanny works very close with the family and often becomes a friend or confidant to the children and sometimes even the parents. It might help your application if you have some similar interests or skills that you can use to entertain or teach the children or at least by revealing a bit of your personality the family can feel they can understand you as a person, not just a Nanny, and someone who they feel comfortable to invite into their home and potential share a lot of personal moments with.
Findng and Applying for a dream Nanny job
First of all, you will never find these type of jobs advertised on websites where any member of the public can advertise a job. You have to register with a recruitment agency. These type of families do not have the time or patience to write a job advert, post it online, read 100s of emails and CVs from applicants, make a shortlist, reply to unsuccessful applicants and contact those on the shortlist to arrange and conduct initial interviews and check their documents. They also want to protect their privacy so they always instruct a recruitment consultant to do all the initial search and selection until the consultant usually selects just a couple of strong potential Nannies to present to the family. Try to preempt all the information and documents that your consutlant will require and send this to them with your CV or complete an online registration (see our registration page which asks you for all the information we require.) If your consultant asks you for some additional information or a document then get it to them as early as possible as some jobs get filled very quickly and if they don't have all your data then they cannot move forward with your registration and won't even send your CV to the family for consideration.
Your recruitment consultant will have done a lot of work to get to know your skills, experience, motivations, abilties, character and will obtain as many references to confirm your achievements and learn what others think of your work ethics, skill level and suitability for this job that you have applied for. All of this information allows the consultant to present you in the best way. Many people who apply for jobs fail to promote themselves properly and fully and can neglect to reveal some important strengths that they have forgotten about or didn't realise were valuable.
Most high profile families will be concerned about your relationship with social media - if they see that you like to share everything you do this will likely cause a red flag. However, any good recruitment consultant experienced of working with celebrities or royalty will warn you about this.
Hopefully your consultant will have secured you an first interview. Depending on the location of the family this can sometimes be held over Skype if face-to-face is not possible, or the first interview may even be held by the family PA or House Manager. If the family are overseas the may offer you a paid flight to visit them so you can attend a first interview and check out the location, home and accomodation as well as meet the family. If the job doesn't have an urgent start date and the first interview goes well the family may tell your consultant that they would like to offer you a work trial which can be anything from an afternoon, a few days or even a week.
If the family employ a private chef then you may get to taste some of the best food you have ever tried and may be invited to eat with the family or expected to eat in a staff area. If there are staff areas, then remember this is a communal area and respect for others will be expected, so remember to wash up your plate and put it away straight away. Offer your assistance and muck in wherever possible. Domestic staff teams often become a very close, well oiled team that support each other wherever possible in order to provide the best service to the owners, and manage the house as effectively as possible.
A work trial is a time for you to decide if the job is right for you but it can be extremely stressful for a Nanny. I like to remind my Nannies that they have nothing to prove during this period. All your skills and experience have already been verified and at this stage of the recruitment process you should have positive references and recommendations from past employers. The family have already decided that you are suitable for the job. Your top priority during a work trial is to relax, smile and be friendly, approachable and helpful to anyone you come into contact with - parents, children, other household staff, contractors and conduct yourself appropriately in public. They family won't be expecting you to perform the duties efficiently during the trial and probably won't introduce you to all aspects of the job anyway in fear of overwhelming you. Most parents are reasonable, they are not trying to trick or test you as they want to find a Nanny who feels comfortable to join them aswell. The parents will be deciding whether they feel comfortable with your presence in their house and they may even ask for feedback and the opinions from other staff members. They will be noticing how you conduct yourself with other staff in the house, how you act in public, your appearance, your personal hygiene and cleanliness if you live in their house or in accomodation provided by them. When in public whether you are on or off duty it will be important you conduct yourself properly as you will become a reflection on the family. Depdning on their public profile, privacy and confidentiality might be a major concern of theirs and so you may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, asked to never take photos of the children or inside their properties, you may even be asked to turn your GPS off your mobile phone.
Job Offer and Probabtional Period
If your work trial was a success and you get offered a job, it will probably come with a probational period of up to 3 months. During this period you will be expected to fully learn the job and settle into the roll. This is a time for both parties to decide if this job is going to continue long term.
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