Seven Reasons I'm Not Hiring You To Babysit My Kids
We have had some great success scanning sitter sites to meet our part-time childcare needs. We do have to sift through quite a lot of questionable profiles before we find a handful of decent candidates. Here are some reasons potential babysitters do not make the cut:
1. You have no photo: This isn't a beauty contest but if you cannot even take the time to upload a photograph, you are not taking this job hunt seriously. How can I be sure you'll take the job seriously?
2. You use the same "selfie" you probably have on your Facebook profile: I get that an overhead angle makes you look skinnier but frankly, that's not a quality I am looking for in my babysitters. And duck-lips are just a "no" at any time. Save it for the boys at the clubs.
3. You are wearing a paper-thin white tank-top and a lace black bra: This isn't an office job and you do not need a suit but I do not need to know the bra color my children's babysitter is wearing. I'm not looking for sexy-cool...I'm looking for responsible and nice.
4. You have other people in your photo...and they look wasted: Your photo should be of you. If you are applying for a job babysitting and want to include a child or maybe a pet if you pet sit, that is fine...but your drunk bestie should not be in the frame. And do not think you can just crop her out. I see half her wobbly grin, her bloodshot eye, and you holding onto each other so you do not stumble.
5. You did not bother to spell check: You are not texting a friend, you are applying for a job. It is "gr8t that you'r liking to babbysit childrn" but if you do not care enough to run spell check, you are not going to be watching my kids.
6. You list your favorite children's television shows: If I wanted to park my kids in front of the television, I could do that for free. I am hiring you to entertain them, not because I can't figure out the remote.
7. Your e-mail address is inappropriate: My friend once had a potential nanny reply with the e-mail address Love69@aol.com. That's lovely for you and your S.O. but way too much information for a potential employer. Get separate e-mails for job and dating sites if that's your thing.