Tips for Working With Nanny Recruiter

December 30, 2013

Tips from Nanny Recruiter


You’ve applied to the position, received an electronic confirmation your resume was received, and you may have even successfully completed the interview process. You kick your feet up waiting for the interviews and job offers to roll. But a couple of days and weeks go by and you still haven’t heard anything. What happened? What’s a neglected job seeker supposed to do? Before reaching out to the nanny agency or recruiter take a step back a look at the situation from your recruiters perspective if you are working with a top nanny or domestic agency:

Nanny Recruiter daily job responsibilities:
• They spend about four to five hours a day on the phone.
• They make contact with about 600 people every week through in-person interviews, telephone screens, and other types of communication.
• They can receive anywhere from 500 to 1,000 emails every day.
• The office receives at least 100+ calls from potential job seekers daily.

Now that you have a mental picture of a recruiter’s daily challenges, here are some highly recommended strategies you should use in order to get a recruiter’s attention. 
 Here’s five things you can do to help your recruiter better help you:

1) Email, Don’t Call.
Skip the phone and send email. Keep it simple. A few sentences reminding the recruiter of something specific you discussed or asking for next steps in the process is the best way to go. Be sure to include your full name and contact information on each correspondence. If you are responding to a specific job posting take the time to highlight your experience and back it up with specific examples of why you are a good fit. Reaching out once a week is a good best practice.

2) Develop a Comprehensive Resume
Recruiters need to know the details about every position you held ­ even the ones that only lasted three months. While you may choose to minimize employment gaps you need to be upfront and honest with the recruiter – about everything. Unexplained job gaps and interruptions in work history can be “red flags” that can take your resume to the bottom of the pile.

3) Contact References. You may have presented a stellar resume but if your work cannot be verified your recruiter is unable to represent you. Period. When a recruiter has difficulty reaching your references they’ll eventually move onto the next candidate. Be proactive. Contact your references directly requesting that they get in touch with your recruiter to prevent your job search from being stalled.

4) Be proactive, not desperate. It’s perfectly acceptable to show your enthusiasm when following up. That’s a good thing. But please don’t be desperate or communicate how much you are in need of work. It’s a huge turn off that will have the opposite effect. If your calling and emailing multiple times a day you may be viewed as inpatient or high maintenance and your recruiter will most likely pass you over

5) Don’t be a square peg in a round hole. If the hiring family is looking for a newborn specialist, please don’t try to “sell” us on why your experience with teenagers is transferrable. Remember our clients are paying us to present candidates who most closely align with their ideal profile.

6) Demonstrate Professional Maturity. Recruiters learn a lot about candidates during the selection process. The worst part of a recruiter’s job is telling someone they weren’t selected for an interview or get a job offer. However, your recruiter is more likely to consider you for future opportunities if you handle the news gracefully and express your willingness to get back on the saddle again. The most successful job seekers are not easily discouraged and maintain a positive attitude.

Cooperation and collaboration are the keys to a successful recruiter-candidate relationship. If you are a great candidate, well prepared, professional, and know exactly what you are looking for – you will not be forgotten by a recruiter. I hope these tips help and happy job hunting!

Taking on Negative Criticism

December 1, 2013
I am often asked what is like to run a nanny and domestic agency, with all the complexities of  human relationships and interpersonal/family dynamics.  Here is my immediate response: It is a privilege and joy to serve families, children, and caregivers.  There is not a single day that passes that I don’t receive gratitude from those I serve. It’s people that make my work pure joy. 
This is not to say that my work has yielded a continual stream of  hugs,  kisses, flowers, and applause.    I have also felt the sharp sting of  critique. Some of the criticism has been true, many of it was false, and some was outright malicious.  
As a parent, it’s important my children  look to me as an example and role model on handling criticism, effectively.  When teaching a child to handle criticism effectively it’s critical they learn to differentiate between constructive and destruction criticism.   So, what really  is the difference?
Constructive criticism:  The process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work  or actions of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a collaborative manner rather than an oppositional one.  This kind of criticism is often a valuable tool in raising  standards.  Like it or not, if someone provides constructive criticism you will most likely recognize truth in their words. This kind of feedback provides tangible examples and includes an action plan for improvement.  It leads to growth and improvement.
Destructive criticism:  On the other hand,  destructive or toxic  criticism is typically delivered in a harsh words,  using broad unspecific terms or generalizations, is demoralizing, and quite possibly done in a public place where their are plenty of listening ears.  The intention is to harm someone.  To derogate or destroy someone, their work, their reputation and self esteem.   To navigate the waters of unhealthy criticism you must learn to make a detour and walk away.  
They key to navigating criticism is to figure out which are helpful, and steer clear of those that aren’t.    This lesson holds true whether your 5  or 85.
According to Aristotle, “There is only one way to avoid criticism:  do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.   The fact is the matter is that if you are committed to doing anything in life worthwhile you will face criticism.   
Here are a few great quotes on criticism:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them. Unknown
The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews. William Faulkner
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie
When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical. Unknown
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. Charles Schwab
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. Emmet Fox
Ingrid Kellaghan
Founder and President, Cambridge Nanny Group