How To Improve Your Nanny CV, With A Few Simple Tweaks
Updated: Jul 5
Are you thinking of applying for a new role? Have seen a role with an agency which you would like to apply for?
How would you stand out from other nannies who are applying?
Read on and follow a few simple steps, which could push you to the top of the list.
1. Ensure you meet all the requirements for the role; adverts tend to have the days and qualifications required.
2. Use your full name on your CV, not your nickname. This is something you can discuss if you are successful and attend an interview.
3. Do not display your date of birth, your religion or include a photo on your CV. An employer does not need to know this information and if they do, this could be seen as discriminatory. Note: An employer may need your date of birth at a later stage, to finalise payroll.
4. Ensure you use a clear and legible font and text size throughout your entire CV. If you would like to personalise your CV, use just two fonts. Size 10 or 11 is clear to read but professional.
5. Use a clear layout;
a. Start with your first and surname
b. Your location; city, county ie. Guildford, Surrey.
c. Personal profile; a bit about you and your experience. Keep this short and precise.
d. If you are DBS checked (on the government update service), mention this in a bullet point underneath.
e. If you hold nanny insurance, mention this in a bullet point underneath.
f. Your qualifications in bullet point format: include your paediatric first aid, OFSTED registration, childcare qualifications, if you have any SEN training (Special Educational Needs) or any other CPD. Include any A Levels or GCSE’s obtained, in chronological order (recent first).
g. Your work history in chronological order (recent first). Include families surname (Green Family), month and year you were employed (May 2019 – May 2020) and a brief description of your role; sole charge/ shared care/ mothers help / proxy parenting / temporary / permanent, the ages of the child(ren), your day to day routine including any nursery duties. Your reason for leaving the role.
h. Your hobbies; think of how these might relate to the role you are applying for.
i. Your references: An agency will ask for these at your interview. Little Steps Agency uses Safer Recruitment guidelines and only accepts references in a written format, from your most recent employers. Please ensure you have gained your previous employers permission to share their contact details with Little Steps Agency; full name, email address, home address and contact numbers. Little Steps Agency will obtain a minimum of 2 previous references in a written format.
6. Read. Read and re-read again. Ask someone to have a look over your CV before you send it across to an agency, to ensure your spelling and grammar is correct. Remember to use spell-check on your computer too.
7. Little Steps Agency recommends your CV is 3 pages max.
8. Remember to keep your CV up to date. This will save you time in the long run.
*This blog has been written by Little Steps Agency and whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release, this should not be relied upon as legal advice.