Do you need to write a great Nanny CV? Are you an experienced Nanny who is looking to make that next career move?
Have you been sending your CV off to multiple job adverts with no response from the employer?
You are probably ideal for the role because you have lots of experience, however you may not be selling yourself in the right way! Crafting your own Nanny CV isn’t too hard. It just takes knowledge of the things to do, the things to avoid and a little creativity to make you standout.
10 Rules For Creating Your Nanny CV
1 – Employers spend an average of 6 seconds reading your Nanny CV
The first part a potential employer will scan is likely to be your personal profile.
So, similar to the way someone can quickly pass you by when using apps like tinder, use your Personal Statement (sometimes called Profile or Summary) section of your CV to really sell yourself and give the recruiter or employer a reason to read on.
In one or two sentences, summarise who you are, your work experience and relevant skills, aiming to prove why you’re suitable for the position. Keep this strong and simple.
The statement must be a brief snapshot of you as a professional Nanny. While it should only be a few lines long to summarise your CV and what you can offer the employer, it must also be unique to your skill set and tailored specifically to the role you are applying for.
2 – Avoid gaps in your employment history
Whether it’s through choice or forgetfulness, some people leave previous jobs off their CV; resulting in a gap in their employment history.
Even if you were a stay-at-home parent for a while, include it. If a potential employer has to guess how you were spending your time during your employment gaps, they’ll likely suspect the worst. Just be honest, there is no harm or disadvantage for having a break in your employment as long as you can clearly show why.
If you cannot show why, usually an employment gap raises suspicions. Even if the reasons for that gap are completely legitimate, sometimes they are not explained clearly. So, if you’ve been out of work, spin it positively to your advantage. But remember to always be truthful Were you studying for a degree? Perhaps you were raising a young family of your own? Don’t be shy! Tell the truth and share it.
3 – List relevant skills to grab the attention of the reader
Skills are a vital part of your Nanny CV. Well skills are key to showing an employer or recruiter that you are qualified to do the job, but more importantly they’re also a ticket to passing through the feared applicant tracking system (ATS). Your CV needs to be optimised with relevant skills that match the role you are applying for. An ATS will be automatically scanning your CV for keywords that the recruiter has set for the role.
It has to be a fine balance between skills that you actually have and skills that the employer/recruiter is looking to see. In order to stand a good chance of listing the right skills you need to thoroughly read the job advert to pick out any skills listed and keywords described.
Here you can see the skills listed for us, making them very easy to pick out. Often recruiters will also provide the skills required in larger paragraphs rather than lists so please be sure to spend some time reading the advert thoroughly.
So if I was an Office Manger applying to this role I would be listing interpersonal skills, time management skills, IT Skills and problem solving skills etc. I think you get the idea.
4 – List your education even if experience is more important
An education section is one of the basic requirements of a great Nanny CV, but it’s crucial to make sure that it’s in the right place and that you have the right level of detail. Any Nanny related education is likely to be workshop or short course based. Be sure to list them all along with your specialties.
The education section enables a recruiter to assess whether or not you have the right qualifications for the job. This will carry greater or lesser weight in the recruitment process depending on how much work experience you have, but it is still considered to be vital information to include.
What qualifications you choose to include on your CV is largely dependent on what stage of your career you’re in, and where your most impressive accomplishments lie.
5 – Use a clear font and design on your Nanny CV
Although it is important to express your personality in your CV, you shouldn’t come out of the block with any whacky designs or use fonts that cannot be read.
Once upon a time there used to be a set format for a CV document, however in todays world this format has been demolished in a bit for people to standout from the competition.
By strategically thinking about which format you use, you’ll present your background to recruiters in the most effective way possible, helping you land more interviews. It is also important to understand that industry formats vary. For example a Nanny CV will have a very different format to an Accountant. The Nanny CV will allow for much more creativity and personality expression.
6 – Make sure you punctuation and grammar are on point
Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can send your Nanny CV straight to the bin, so if you want that job, you have to get it right. It’s not enough to rely on the spelling and grammar check in Microsoft Word; you need to be 100% confident that your spelling, punctuation, and grammar makes the grade. So, let’s explore some of the key punctuation and grammar rules and how they work in the context of your CV.
Punctuation brings order to our words, helping the reader to decipher our intended meaning. Imagine a CV with no punctuation to show where sentences begin, end, pause, or change track. It would be an incoherent mess. Saying that, over-punctuating a CV can deliver the same result. This guidance should help you to punctuate your words effectively so that your CV is clear and easy to read.
Full stops are used to mark the end of a sentence. On your CV, you can use full stops at the end of sentences in your Profile. Some people like to use full stops at the end of their bullets under Experience; however, I prefer to leave them open. Also, I wouldn’t bother using full stops after brief bits of information in your Key Skills, Education, or Additional Information sections, for example.
Some people like to add full stops after each initial of an acronym, e.g. Management Information (M.I.). I prefer to present the acronym without full stops, e.g. Management Information (MI), as it looks cleaner. The only exception would be if the job advert requested a qualification or skill set listed as an acronym with full stops, e.g., M.B.A. In this case, I’d recommend presenting the term in the same way on your CV to make it through any automated sift. In this case, present acronyms in a consistent way throughout your CV.
The comma is used to separate items in a list or to separate clauses within a sentence. That’s simple enough. However, before writing your CV, you’ll need to decide whether you will adopt the Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma. Those who favour the Oxford comma will add a final comma before the word ‘and’ to separate items in a list, to clarify their meaning. I love to eat jelly, ice cream, sweets and bacon could read that the individual enjoys sweets and bacon together. Using the Oxford comma clarifies that these are separate items: I love to eat jelly, ice cream, sweets, and bacon. Whether you decide to adopt the Oxford comma or not, be sure to use commas consistently on your CV.
7 – List your experience in chronological order on your Nanny CV
A chronological Nanny CV outlines your work experience in reverse-chronological order. This format starts with a summary of your career highlights and key skills followed by a comprehensive outline of your work experience, starting with your most recent role.
We strongly recommend the reverse-chronological CV format for most applicants.
It is not only the most popular format but also provides key information recruiters expect to see in a logical sequence, making it the most effective.
- Viewed as the industry standard
- Recruiters are familiar with it
- Compatible with applicant tracking systems
- Allows you to provide examples in the context of your work experiences
- Provides a clear structure with little overlap
- Difficult to create for applicants with little or no work experience such as students and school leavers.
7 – You may want to consider a headshot
Recruitment is very inclusive therefore ‘what you look like’ should have no bearing on your application success or not. In general there is not need to include a photograph of yourself on your CV. In the UK, the only examples of when you would do this is if you are going for a modelling job or whether you work in high end client/customer facing roles where image and appearance is important.
Additionally if you are looking for a role in the US, Canada or other international countries, the expectation can be to have a headshot photo on your CV/Resume.
Our article on when to add a photo to your CV will enable you to establish whether this could be relevant to you or not.
Unfortunately, some private employers will care what their Nanny looks like. Therefore it may be wise to consider a headshot if you encounter such opportunity.
8 – Don’t add actual references
Like many candidates, you may be tempted to include references within your CV in an attempt to be transparent, and provide recruiters with some early social proof of your abilities. And that is totally understandable.
However, the benefits of leaving your references out of your CV, far outweigh the benefits of including them.
In this section, I will explain the reasons why you shouldn’t add your references when writing your CV, and what you can do instead to prove your value as an employee.
Generally you don’t need to list your references in full. Keep your referee details away from your CV but have them ready to present when you get to the final stage of the application process.
Although there is no official regulation of reference request timing, it’s generally understood across the recruitment process that most employed candidates will be unable to provide references until they’ve been offered a job – due to the fact most people cannot let their current employer know they are looking elsewhere until they have a concrete offer on the table.
9 – Concentrate of your achievements on your Nanny CV
A career achievements section is likely to be used by those who have 5 plus years of work experience. It is the opportunity to cherry pick 3 to 4 highlight achievements over the course of your career. The achievements are likely to be from different work related experiences or academic experiences
This section can be positioned above work experience and act as a snapshot for your lifetime achievements.
Again similar to work related achievements it is very beneficial to provide evidence in the form of figures, facts and statistics to give the reader some proof of your achievement.
It is important to make the sentences punchy and highly customised towards the role you are applying for. This will catch the readers attention. For example if a job adverts requires you to have a certain experience, if you have it, state it, and back it up with facts and figures. Go one step further and highlight the important parts in bold.
10 – Write your cv as if you were a parent
Think like a parent, what would you want to know if you had 60 seconds to read a CV!
By using the advice found in this guide, you will know how to create an interview winning CV to apply for any job. But wouldn’t it be great if the jobs came to you?
During your job hunting, you will undoubtedly need to create numerous customisations to your CV based on the positions you are looking to apply for.
Our advice here is to create a master CV that you can then use to adapt for whatever vacancy becomes available. This master CV will not only serve as the basis for different customisations, but it should also be the document you widely share through other potential job-hunting channels.