When you’re looking for a child care job, it’s important to market yourself by projecting a professional, capable image. Check out our tips on keeping your Care.com profile in top condition, preparing for interviews, and knowing how much to charge. Leave a comment below with any additional advice, too!
Be sure that your Care.com profile is complete, up-to-date, and professional:
Add a photo - Employers want to see your smiling face! Adding a photo makes your profile more appealing to families seeking child care and increases your chances of finding the right right job. We recommend you follow these tips to select the best profile picture:
- Have the photo be just you
- Look professional
- Use a recent photo
- Be sure the photo looks like you
- Don’t use photos of children without permission
- Don’t crop other people out
- Don’t wear sunglasses
- Don’t use dark or blurry photos
- Don’t use photos with red-eye
Go into detail about your child care experience - Answer these questions when you’re writing about yourself:
- How many years of caregiving experience do you have?
- Why did you become a caregiver?
- Why do you enjoy being a caregiver?
- What qualities and skills do you posses that make you a good caregiver?
- Tell us about an emergency situation you’ve handled in the past.
- When you’re not working as a caregiver, how do you spend your time?
Keep your availability up-to-date - Let potential employers know when you’re available to work by updating your availability with any changes to your schedule.
Add references - Help your future employers learn even more abour your work experience by adding a reference. We recommend that caregivers provide at least two references.
Run a background check - Let employers know there are no skeletons in your closet. For only $8, you can build more trust in your services with a background check. Running a background check is easy - and you always have control over who can view the results.
Become a featured caregiver - Rise above the competition. For $10 per month, you can become a featured caregiver. You’ll get a more prominent listing, priority notification of new jobs, and a background check.
Apply to jobs - New jobs are posted every day. Search your ZIP code and apply.
Respond to messages, emails, and phone calls promptly - Parents want a babysitter who is professional and responsive. Be sure to respond promptly, especially if the parents are looking for last minute child care—they’ll truly appreciate a quick response.
Be prepared for your interview - Check out this Care.com article on acing your child care interview.
Know what to charge - Use Care.com's Babysitter pay calculator to find out what the going rate is in your area.