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Should I Include My Nanny Job on My Resume?

by Lacie

I am a college student and I have worked as a nanny for 14 months. Prior to that, I worked as an assistant to a CPA for 2 1/2 years.

In the "nanny" job, I worked approximately 24 hours a week watching a 2 year old little girl.

The family that I worked for paid me in cash mostly but also paid me in a check occasionally. They did not want to go through the hassle of reporting what they paid me and taking taxes out so there is no record through the IRS.

Should I include this job when applying for a new job? I ask this because I just quit the nanny job on not-too-great terms because I was being taken advantage of and they wanted me to do much more than taking care of the child. I honestly think that the woman will give me a bad reference if I put her down.

What should I do? I don't want to have a huge "gap" in my resume/work experience but since there is no real record of my employment as a nanny, I think that it may not be relevant because it is kind of like babysitting.

And, if I don't have to put it down, what should I tell employers if they ask what I have been doing for a year? I have been in college for four years so I have been enrolled in school while being a "nanny."

Should I simply say that I took some time off of work and did some babysitting for extra cash? (I still live with my parents, so no rent or bills, etc.)

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Oct 15, 2008
by: Lacie

Thanks, I appreciate the advice!!! Your site has helped me alot!

Oct 15, 2008
Tough Question
by: Kathi

Hi Lacie,

This is a challenging question. Ordinarily, I think I would advise you to include the child care position on your resume and explain the difficulties you had that precipitated your leaving in a cover letter or interview.

However, since you have the built-in fallback of being in school and not having to support yourself, I agree with your suggestion of saying that you took a break from regular employment to focus on your studies. It offers an opportunity to disguise what would appear to be an employment gap with a legitimate reason.

If you want to mention anything, however, I would say that you did some intermittent child care, rather than babysitting or acting as a nanny, as it sounds like a more mature position.

To your success,

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