Whether you’re looking for a long-term career in private childcare or are simply hoping to find a post to establish a temporary stint in the industry, breaking into the nanny industry as a manny can be a challenge. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding and exciting careers out there, if you’re willing to deal with a bit of gender bias or odd looks on the playground along the way. Getting your foot in the door as a manny takes a bit of creative thinking, but it is possible.
Education is Key
It’s no secret that the private childcare industry is one of the few that is largely female-dominated. For more and more prospective employers, however, an educational background relevant to childcare is becoming a requirement for applicants, regardless of gender. As a manny, it’s likely that you will have to work harder and put forth more effort to obtain a high-quality post than your female competitors, so it’s important that you level the playing field in any way that you can. If you plan to make a career out of working as a manny, it’s especially important that you make the effort to obtain a relevant degree. If you’re a current student who’s simply hoping to work your way through school as a manny or are only seeking a post as a temporary position until you find work in another field, it’s a good idea to at least take some basic childcare classes.
Stereotypical gender roles aside, you will find it difficult, if not downright impossible, to secure a post without first aid and CPR certifications. Because you will be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children under your care, most parents won’t even consider an applicant who isn’t trained in basic first aid and lifesaving techniques. To establish yourself in the childcare industry, making sure that you’re fully trained to handle emergency situations is non-negotiable.
Build Your Resume
The first thing that most potential employers will see from you is your resume. In order to beat out some of the other applicants to make it to the interview stage, you’ll need to make sure that your resume is tailored to the jobs you’re looking for. If you have experience in sports coaching, have worked in a camp, or even played a sport in school, you should include that information on your resume. If you’re an accomplished musician, were involved your school band, or have another talent that employers might find desirable, you should include those things. Fluency in a second language is another major perk in the nanny industry. Think of your skills in terms of things that will help you in the childcare industry, and make sure that you find a way to showcase the relevant ones on your resume. It’s also important to choose your references carefully; even if you don’t have childcare-specific work experience, potential employers will still want to at least speak to a few references.
Emphasize the Things That Set You Apart
When you go to a job interview, it’s wise to keep in mind that you are essentially selling your services to parents that have a line of other people waiting to do the same thing. To break into the business with your first manny post or to secure your fifth, you’ll have to be able to emphasize everything that makes you different – and better – than the competition. Finding a way to showcase your unique and valuable attributes can mean the difference between getting a call back or getting shuffled to the bottom of the pile.
Be Prepared for Some Difficulties Along the Way
It’s not fair that some people regard mannies with some suspicion, or that they’re not always welcomed by nannies and moms at the park. It’s also not fair that you will probably have to work harder to secure a post in the first place, but it is an unfortunate fact. To become a manny and succeed in the industry, you’ll need to prepare yourself to face a bit of adversity along the way. You may have to field some awkward interview questions that your female counterparts won’t, or even defend your choice to work as a manny to others. If you’re prepared for those sideways glances and are truly dedicated to being the best manny out there, however, you may find that the joy of the profession is worth all of the difficulties you overcome.
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