Ten Things You Can Do Right Now to Jumpstart Your Job Search

anuary is one of two best times in the year to find a nanny job. (September is the other one.)  Here’s a quick list of things you can do in the next week (maybe two) to take advantage of this window of opportunity.

 

1. Get your paperwork in order. Your portfolio, your resume, whatever you’re using. Make sure it’s up-to-date, user-friendly, complete and correct.

 

2. Reconnect with all of your job search avenues. Did you register with an agency you haven’t talked to in a while? Did you list your profile on a website you haven’t visited in too long? Email, call or post on their facebook wall. Connect and let them know you’re still available.

 

3. Get business cards made. Include your contact information and a short job search profile. Use both sides of the card to keep things clean and uncluttered. Hand them out to anyone who’ll take one. Or two.

 

4. Get an online presence. If you’ve purchased my job search portfolio e-book and created your own portfolio, you can get a free webpage on TopNannyTalent.com. Otherwise, use LinkedIn or another resume or CV site to make your information available.

 

5. Add a job search tagline to your email and facebook signatures. A short “looking for my next great nanny job!” linked to your portfolio will work for you in wonderful ways.

 

6. Clean up your facebook page. Does your profile picture look like you just came off of a three day binge? Change it. Does your wall feature rants about your horrible bosses? Delete them. Remember you want to be able to use your facebook connections to help you find your next job so the “only my friends see it” excuse doesn’t work.  About 10 to 25% of your facebook friends won’t care.  The rest will consider those things before referring you, even if they’d never admit it to your face.

 

7. Network online. We spend a huge amount of time online chatting it up, sharing our opinions, and aimlessly surfing the net. Use that time to connect with people that can actually help you get a job. Sign up for LinkedIn and learn how to use it. Comment on facebook pages where potential employers hang out. (And remember the signature tip.) Engage your area’s top agency. Use your time wisely.

 

8. Network offline. View everyone as a potential connection. Talk to the woman in line behind you at the grocery store, the moms on the playground, your charge’s teacher. You never know who that person knows.

 

9. Learn to use a “call to action”. That means when you connect with someone, ASK them to take some action. You don’t have to be obnoxious. When someone says “I think my boss’s neighbor is looking for a nanny” simply say “Can you give them my contact info? I’d appreciate it.” and hand them a business card. No big pressure sale.

 

10. Showcase your expertise. You’re a great nanny, right? So what skills do you have that you can share with the world? People love information. Find ways to share your know how and at the end, throw in your “looking for my next great nanny job” and a call to action. Write a guest blog post about your top five healthy kid lunches or make a YouTube video showing how to swaddle a baby or create a slide share about potty training tricks. Focus on teaching people something they want or need to learn and they’ll share it with others.

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