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What should I include in a CV & what layout should I use?

by | Jun 27, 2023 | Nannies

  1. Personal information

The first section of your CV should be the header that includes your Full Name, if you are seeking work in the U.K (volunteer what passport you travel on or eligibility to work in the U.K.) & your current location.  If you are multi lingual add it here.

Personal statement or a Professional Summary

The next part of your CV should be your personal statement or professional summary

  1. Education

List your educational qualifications in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent Degree/Diploma/Certification. Include the institutions name, the degree obtained, your major or field of study, and the year of completion.

  1. Work History / Experience

List your work experience from the most recent to the oldest job you have held.

Always include your full work history.

Accurately state the dates of your employment in reverse chronological order

For jobs that are not childcare related, simply state the company name, dates worked & add your title held.

All child related employment must include:

  • The ages of the children you worked with, stating the ages of the children upon hire.
  • If a new baby became part of your role during your employ, include the year it was born.
  • Indicate if a position was Full Time or part time, live in or daily & where the job took place (area)

Briefly add a description of your responsibilities & accomplishments in each role, to avoid repetition highlight what made that position different to the previous one & what additional skills & responsibilities were required, that differentiates it from previous employment,

Employers always look for longevity on a nanny c.v. yet sometimes positions come to end through no fault of your own & are due to a change in the employers’ circumstances. It is helpful to add the reason for a position ending such as the family moved, or the children went to nursery/school, and your services were no longer required, if this has been the case, to avoid a prospective employer assuming you are unable to commit to a future job role.

If you have many years in the Nanny industry to save yourself from becoming repetitive, having to write endless job descriptions, you can do a header that precedes your employment history listing your skills & duties you have performed in previous roles.

Then go ahead & list your employment history Identifying any stand out factors

E.G September 2021 – March 2023 Live in Nanny Jones Family Notting Hill

Full Time live In Sole charge Nanny caring for children aged 10yrs, 4 years (Neuro Diverse) &  new born December 22 (provided Maternity care 24-hour cover for the first three months)

If you haven’t worked as a nanny & are coming from a background where there are transferable skills, think of how the skills you have gained in your previous positions and how they relate to nannying, for example if you have been a teacher discuss academic & pastoral duties, if you have worked as a residential camp councillor describe your duties, did you share a “cabin”  with the children, did you make sure they stayed on top of hygiene, read to them, performed arts & crafts activities, sports, settled a homesick child etc.

  1. Achievements & Awards, (You can also include voluntary work that relates to child care)

Mention any notable accomplishments or awards you have received throughout your academic journey & working life. These can help differentiate you from other candidates & demonstrate your exceptional abilities. For example, if you were awarded a scholarship or won a gold medal competing in Gymnastics when you were 16 years old, you may think there is no relevancy but there is, it shows commitment & what young child wouldn’t like to learn how to do a perfect cartwheel or somersault!

  1. Certifications & Training

Include any certifications or specialised training programs you have completed that are relevant to the job. This section showcases your commitment to continuous learning & professional development.

  1. Hobbies and Interests

Not all of us can compete in gymnastics but everyone has a special something they can bring to the table. Be it that you are exceptionally well travelled or that you love to bake; this section gives insight to you beyond how great you are with children & highlights why you may be the perfect fit for a family.

  1. References

It`s common to write “References available upon request” rather than listing specific references on your CV.

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