Searching for a Nanny Job Outside Your Local Area

Whether you want to relocate to an area that has a more robust nanny market or you’re just ready for a change of scenery, looking for a nanny job outside your local area can be a big challenge. It can be done but it takes a lot of determined leg work.

Of course the first thing you should do in every job search is to create a stellar job search portfolio. That’s always my first suggestion because they work! One of the things a job search portfolio does is effectively address any real or perceived stumbling blocks; clearing the way so you can land the type of job you want. This is an especially important factor in an out of area search since you’ll need to overcome the fear in both agencies and parents that you’ll change your mind about the move and therefore can’t be trusted to make a long term commitment.

Once you have your portfolio finished and available on the web, it’s time to start networking in the markets you’re interested in. Contact all the agencies in the area and see if they work with out-of-town caregivers. Be prepared: most will say no. Or they will require you to come in for an in-person interview on your own dime. Sometimes that’s doable but sometimes it’s not. Don’t give up. Send them an email thanking them for their time and give them the link to your portfolio just in case anything comes up. Make sure you connect and interact with them on their social media outlets. You don’t want to stalk them but you do want to stay on their radar. Of course fill out the application for any quality agency that says they’ll be happy to work with you long distance. Many times smaller, hungrier agencies are more accommodating.

Then connect with local nannies already working in the market. Join the nanny support group, get active on the facebook discussion group, use location hash tags when tweeting, search LinkedIn for nannies in the area, and find a well-connected nanny to mentor you as you navigate the local job market.

Don’t forget the online sites. It’s tricky to find a job outside your area through them but it can be done. Be especially vigilant about screening and safety.

So how far in advance should you start looking? In general, it’s never too early to start networking. And it’s always a good idea to have your job search portfolio ready to view before you start networking so you can invite people to view it when the opportunity presents itself. At the very least, you should give yourself 3 to 6 months to find a job outside your local area.

Yes, landing a job in a different city will be an uphill battle. It will require a well-thought out plan of attack, persistent effort and an optimistic attitude. But it can be done!

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