Standing Out in a Competitive Job Market

INA Blog Standing Out in a Competitive Job Market (1)By GTM

The demand for private, in-home child care is on the rise, which means more opportunities for nannies as families look for child care alternatives to daycare centers. This also means more competition in the job market, so you need to separate yourself from the rest. Here are some suggestions on how to do just that.

Stand out from the crowd
How do you distinguish yourself in this job market? Highlight the qualities that differentiate you from other caregivers. Do you have an advanced education degree or extensive experience? Do you have skills you can teach like art, music, or foreign languages? Do you have a specialty like caring for newborns or working with special needs children? Make sure whatever it is that helps you stand out is emphasized on your resume.

Work with an agency
If you have not worked with a nanny placement agency before, now may be the time. Agencies carefully screen the families they work with and will only send you to interviews if they think you will be a good fit for the position. Agencies may also work with families to help ensure competitive, legal pay and a safe workplace.

Make certain you are paid legally
Speaking of legal pay, your nanny contract should also ensure that you are paid “on the books.” This means the family has established themselves as an employer and will withhold and pay all taxes. You will have a small amount taken out of your wages each pay period, and this may provide financial protection if you get sick or injured and miss work. You will also receive unemployment benefits if you lose your job through no fault of your own. Workers’ compensation insurance will help replace lost wages and pay medical bills if you are hurt on the job. In this day and age, it is more important than ever to be paid legally.

GTM Payroll Services has been working with nanny agencies, families, and nannies for more than 30 years, providing the best advice, service, and value when it comes to payroll, taxes, insurance, and employee benefits.

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