I Want To Be a Nanny
I hate my job and I have wracked my brain to figure out why I'm continually unhappy at most places. I think I've finally figured it out, much of my work has been in sales and/or customer service and I'm kind of an introvert (people confuse introversion with shyness but I know that it really refers energy output when dealing with people and for how long). Anyhow, I think sales jobs are hit or miss for me.
A long time ago I worked at the mall for a holiday period and even though I wasn't much of a saleswoman there were other responsibilities and it was quieter than some other places and my co-workers were alright, so I think I liked it. I hated a cold calling job but looking back at least I didn't have to deal with people face to face.
I'm a receptionist/greeter now but I just don't like it. Most people tell me that it's easy work compared to whatever they do and that I should just be happy to have a job! I hate the pressure of being "the face" and interacting with all the various office people and customers that I don't always like.
I was thinking that I really like kids and maybe I should try and look for a job as a nanny. I plan to get certified in CPR and First Aid. My issue is that I don't have much formal experience with kids. As I said most of my jobs have been sales/customer service and my resume is tailored to that. I've got a little over 10 first cousins on one side of the family and I'm the oldest of four so I'm not a stranger to kids and big families, but I never baby-sat anyone else's kids. I wanted some advice on how to write up a new resume or if I should at all? My sister recommended I get another part time job at a daycare to beef up my resume (I've only found one posting and it was for teachers and aides and required that candidates meet certain teaching accreditation, but I will email them to find out more.)
What should I write down in my email to this preschool/daycare center? Does anyone have any advice on how to apply for nanny jobs? What do you wear to nanny interviews? (It's got to be different from office jobs). And what do I do about my resume? I also never finished my college degree do I need to mention or explain that? I've thought of going back to school but only when I find a job that I like and can keep long enough to see me through 2 or 4 years of school.
I want to get all this underway so that in 6-12mos (if not sooner), I can resign my current job and transition to nannying. I know that kids need lots of attention and quality caregivers and I believe I can do and be that. I'm also tired of dealing with sales, customers, co-workers I don't like, and boring office tasks.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!