Monday, January 11, 2010
Did you know that the Dear Family letter you write on your profile is essentially your nanny cover letter?
Your Dear Family letter is your opportunity to let the GreatAupair families you are interested in know why you would be the best nanny or au pair for them.
As an important part of your complete application, your letter should be a well written and personalized description of your unique childcare, aupair, and nanny job experience.
Each day, nannies contact our support department asking why families do not seem to reply to their profile. As a result, we have spent countless hours reviewing applications and comparing those who receive many inquires and the profiles of those nannies who do not see the same level of interest. The key is in having a complete, thoughtful, and well written au pair or nanny profile.
Generally a well written cover letter online (or accompanying your printed nanny CV) will be at least four paragraphs.
Here is a sample nanny cover letter outline:
Introduce yourself and thank the family for looking at your profile. Tell them why you want to be a nanny or au pair.
Tell the family a bit about yourself, your family, your personality, hobbies and interests.
Are you laid back or very organized? Use at least three words to describe yourself. (For example I am funny, helpful, and studious or I am organized, serious, and creative.)
Tell the family how you could help them. Are you a good cook? Do you drive, and if so for how long have you been driving? Do you have special experience or other valued skills such as tutoring, music, or sports that you can share with the children? Are you happy to grocery shop, clean, or cook? What did you study in school?
Describe what sort of family you wish to live with such as one that is very active or one who prefers to stay at home. Do you prefer living with a family in a small town or a large city?
Thank the family again and include any additional information. If you are looking for an au pair or nanny job overseas be sure to let the family know you have researched your visa options and which one you plan to travel and work with.
Following this suggested outline for your Dear Family letter will help ensure your profile is complete. Of course you should also make sure that it is unique and reflects your personality. Our suggestions are simply a starting point.
Never have someone else write your letter for you. Families NEED to know your level of English, otherwise your placement will not work out.
Remember, families will not reply to an incomplete profile. By not completing your Dear Family letter, you can expect your nanny job search to take longer and the number of the offers you receive to lessen.