I think the most important thing to do when writing a CV is to relax; to consciously decide that it’s a task you are going to enjoy, rather than dread. After all, it’s a positive time to talk about yourself and get a deeper understanding of the qualities you not only possess, but also what you have to offer. What isn’t great about that?
Admittedly, you have to have a real understanding about the role you are applying for, a standard CV doesn’t work for every job. Your CV should be tailored specifically to meet the requirements of the role, assuming you possess the skills to apply for the job in the first place of course.
So, now you have relaxed about the not so dreaded CV writing process and carried out some soul searching. By understanding your qualifications, skills and unique qualities, you can approach the CV writing with nothing but a sigh…of RELIEF!
In this instance I’ll be advising you on how to write a CV for childcare, if you are applying for a role as a Nanny or Governess. It’s really important to know your qualities and unique approach to child rearing. What is it about your style that gets the best out of the children you work with? How do you provide a wonderful environment for the children, ensuring they obtain a desire to learn the educational, social skills, discipline and etiquette you implement into their daily routine? What is it that you can add to their lives that makes you stand out amongst other candidates? Do you have any special skills or talents that may prove to be beneficial in your Nanny/Governess role?
Don’t be afraid to list your qualities and potential. If you are a sportsman/woman, musician, cook, artist, writer, poet, photographer, scientist etc… then these skills should be highlighted. Families want to know that the Nanny/Governess they hire not only has experience and qualifications, but a well-rounded view of who you are as an individual. Nanny/Governess roles are very diverse and all your personal skills and achievements can usually be implemented into such a role, with a dash of thought and creativity of course.
I know a Governess who has taught the children not only a host of educational, social skills, etiquette, discipline and manners. She has now begun teaching the children computer programmes such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Photoshop. The children aged 6 and 9 really enjoy their computer lessons and are learning English as well as how to navigate computer software in a fun, interactive environment which will prove to be very useful as they grow. A modern day Mary Poppins I’d say!
Of course this is only one example however, everybody has something unique and rewarding to offer, it’s just a case of understanding what it is about you that makes you the ideal candidate. Make your CV stand out from the crowd and where you can gain qualifications or skills that you can add to it. Many people looking to work abroad as a Nanny have fabulous experience, however some don’t hold a certificate to teach English as a foreign language, otherwise known as CELTA/TEFL. This is a certificate looked very highly upon and is relatively low cost and easy to obtain, as long as you apply yourself it can be completed within a reasonably short amount of time.
Firstly, let’s think about presentation. The presentation of your CV is the first thing any employer will notice. If it looks scruffy or messy you’ll be judged at once, before they have even had a chance to look at the wonderful skills you possess. This is so easy to avoid! Whilst appreciating the fact that not everybody is a Microsoft Word genius, there are many easy ways to find out how to create a presentable and aligned CV, for example looking at a Tutorial online or asking someone who is very familiar with Word before you start sending your CV out to numerous employers/agencies. It may seem a little tedious but in the long run, very much worth the extra time spent.
As a Nanny/Governess the family almost always like to see a picture attached to the CV. It is really important here that your picture is only of yourself, or perhaps with previous charges. However, in this modern day of social media fun, camera phones and #selfies, it’s important to know that your Nanny CV isn’t the time or place for that. A happy photo, with or without children, nicely lit and with some headspace will suffice. Sending over #selfies, pictures whilst out with friends or showing too much flesh is not usually the best way to go about securing yourself a new role within a childcare setting. Keep your personal life, well, personal. Ok, so presentation is pretty simple, let’s move on.