A Google search for “nannies” produces 16,500,000 results. It is, to say the least, quite an intimidating prospect to search for a nanny on the internet.
Most of the sites that result from this search are Agencies advertising their services.
They may offer valuable information but there are certain precautions that should be taken when navigating these sites . Work with sites run by professionals, people with Human Resources or Early Childhood Education training. Look for established companies that have been in existence for at least 5 years. Be cautious of sites with outdated information, like employment tax deduction charts.
You will find database websites that offer access to nanny applications for a fee. Use a site that allows access to the database before you pay a fee. If you are using a site to bring in a nanny from overseas be wary of agencies that claim to have branch offices overseas. Sometimes their agents only interview applicants over the phone or through email while charging them outrageous fees for representation. Local chat rooms are also a helpful place for parents to network and find childcare and other families to nanny share.
You can also try free job banks like BestJobs.com or free classified advertising services like craigslist.com. Be sure to include the ages and number of children to be cared for, start date, hours of work, salary range and a brief job description including any housework, meal preparation and driving required. Ask interested applicants to send resumes by Email.
As daunting as this may seem, it is only the first step towards finding the right caregiver for your family. In my next article I’ll cover resume review and assessment as well as initial telephone interviews.