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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!



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Nannygoverness Nannygoverness 4 years 4 weeks
You might consider looking into English Nanny & Governess School, located in Chagrin Falls, OH.  We train students to be certified as professional nannies and governesses.  We also offer lifetime placement assistance through our school.  We have a dormitory as well for students to stay in during our intensive 3 month program.
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 5 years 17 weeks
Thank you, thank you all for the updates! I will try mommy mixers and, Em in addition to Thanks again! :)
Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years 22 weeks
@ShelleyHFan Just found another helpful website:
phatE phatE 5 years 23 weeks
we have a service here called "mommy mixers" - not sure where you are, but it may be worth checking out.. ( basically, you sign up and fill out a resume & then go to a mixer and meet mom's who need anything from occasional babysitting to a full-time nanny.. the cost is $100 for mom's to join, and with that they receive a book that has the contact info & bio's of all of the babysitters in that network & the opportunity to "interview" babysitters at the mixers..
mlozano43 mlozano43 5 years 23 weeks
I became a nanny 2 years ago, and it was one of the best things I ever did. I too was extremely unhappy at all my sales jobs, and i had minimal experience with children. I did all of this and found a great family made up of a (now) 3 year old girl, 10 year old boy, and 13 year old young man. The two boys are autistic, and all though it is sometimes very difficult, its also extremely rewarding. I honestly LOVE my job.
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 5 years 23 weeks
Thanks to Wendy as well I see a lot of this is her advice, thank you! :)
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 5 years 23 weeks
Thank you so much Savvy! Thank you for the link to and I hadn't even thought about posting flyers, but now I will definitely do that. I also have a better idea of what to wear if and when I get an interview. Lickety Split that advice is wonderful I would love to help a family with an Autistic child, you're advice is invaluable. Thank you both! :)
Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years 23 weeks
@lickety split That's a really great tip!
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years 23 weeks
Here's a hot tip for would be nannies: put up a flyer at a school that teaches kids with autism. When people call you, have a couple of references that they can call to check and make sure you are responsible, etc. After a year of caring for a child on the autism spectrum (15 hours a week while you go to school or have another job) you will be highly sought after by the better nanny agencies. I speak from experience. My oldest daughter has autism, and each of our helpers went on to make $18 or more an hour as a nanny. You have to be really patient and dedicated to work with kids on the autism spectrum, and be able to react quickly. It's really difficult to find car hovers for these kids, so it won't take you long to get some job offers.