Looking for a job can be a full time occupation! If you are a Nanny or Nursery Nurse finding a job that ticks all your personal boxes and then getting an interview amongst a sea of applicants is not without challenges. After all it’s not just that you want a job. you want one with a specific age-range in a specific location. A gambler would say the odds are stacking against you. So how do you make sure that when you encounter the ideal job opportunity that you also get the maximum attention from your would-be employer?
“make sure your CV and covering letter speaks
to the job you are applying for”
There’s a lot of folklore around the dos and don’t of managing applications but lets get this one out of the way early on, actually it sits at the top of the pile.
“Whatever you present to a would-be employer
must be accurate”
Sounds obvious but the desire to tweak and embellish for some is overwhelming. As a seasoned interviewer there is never a good reason to do this. However, there is something nifty you can do and that is create customized CV’s. That’s right, create one that is entirely tailored to the post you are applying for. Sounds long-winded but if you want the job badly enough – why not? And if there is not enough in your work-history to highlight you may need to take a large cup of honesty and admit you may not be the right person for the job.
On this targeted CV ensure your most relevant skills take centre stage and whilst you do need to list every job you should write more text about situations that a perspective employer will be more interested in. Take the same approach with your cover letter.
And make sure the references are appropriate. Someone hoping to employ a nursery nurse to work with 4 year olds is going to gain a far greater insight from a related reference if its available rather than one about your time in a baby-room.
In the absence of specific related experience you need to cross reference and explain why a particular experience is relevant or why your knowledge through training is worth consideration.
Do keep a copy of the CV you sent to a specific employer together with your application details – and if you are offered an interview take it with you – it’s an excellent tool for you to utilise to remind you and prompt you at interview.
If you are lacking in confidence despite being excellent at the job we do offer mentoring on interview technique.
Gaby Morris is co-owner of Riverside Nannies, Riverside Childcare and Riverside Training Company. Since 1989 helping child carers and employers. Our Nanny Agency in London sources the best posts and the best Nannies in London. We have been helping Nursery Nurses find Nursery jobs in London and deliver accredited training, paediatric first aid and specialist sessions for early years settings.