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How Should I Describe My Employment as a Nanny on a Resume?

by Anonymous
(Somewhere)

I am a college student, but will have to put my studies on hold because of financial situations. While in school, I've been working as a nanny with the same family for 3 1/2 years now.


I go to classes in the morning and after school I go to their house until the parents get back from work. I pretty much serve as a parent, since I take them to their sports activities, go shopping (groceries, clothes, school supplies, etc.) for the kids if they need anything, am familiar with the kids friends and their families, etc. During the summer I am with them all day long.

I am now having to look for a new job where I would be able to get paid more and save up for school, but I am not sure how, if at all, I should write down my job as a nanny. It is not really a professional employment, but I do not want to leave a gap since my last job which was a sales associate at a store in 2005.

I was also wondering what was the best way to call it instead of "nanny." Is "caretaker" a better option? Should I add it at all?
Thanks

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Aug 01, 2009
Nigerian 419 fraud
by: Anonymous

Carefully check out prospective employers. There are a lot of Advanced fee fraud nanny employer scams. Mr. Williams 447024026582 is a call forwarding phone which may or may not actually be in the UK as the number suggests

Jul 19, 2009
CAN YOU WORK AS A NANNY TO MY FAMILY
by: Mr. micheal williams

Greetings,
My name is Mr. Micheal Williams i am presently
living the united kingdom with my wife and three kids
Kenneth,Jannie and Paul which are 2,3,7 of age range
I am my wife have decided to employ a nanny who
will come to live with us in the United Kingdom for a few
months period of contract.
If you are is interested in the offer should apply by sending a copy of your resume to me via -
mr.michealwilliams@googlemail.com or via-+447024026582.

Cheers

Mr.Micheal Williams

Jan 16, 2009
Thank you so much!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for responding to my question!

Jan 15, 2009
Every Work Experience Is Worth Something
by: Kathi

Hi Priscila,

You're making the same mistake a lot of stay at home moms do, and that's to discount the value of the very real work you are doing as a child caregiver.

I don't think it's as important what you call the position (though either nanny or child caregiver is appropriate) as the value you put on the skills you possess.

When you take skills from a job to use them on a completely different job, this is called "transferable skills". Transferable skills are those things that will be useful on many different types of jobs. Good examples are people skills, communication skills, organizational skills, ability to master new skills quickly and so forth.

So, list your child care job just like any other job on your resume and list the many actionable responsibilities you have. Be proud of the work you've done for this family!

To your success,
Kathi

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