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Thursday, December 9, 2010, 18:42
Originally posted January 25, 2010
Hiring a nanny can be a daunting task, especially for the busy parent who needs help. While CanadianNanny.ca can provide you with many nannies in your area, it’s still up to you to decide who the best fit for your family is. To help you through that process, we’ve made up this “How-To” guide, outlining the steps from posting your job to choosing your nanny.
Follow along with our four-part series on “How-To Hire a Nanny”, starting with posting a job and sorting through the responses.
Step 1 - Post a Job
Post a job, outlining your requirements. While you’re completely welcome to search through the many profiles of nannies registered with CanadianNanny.ca, it’s easiest for you if you let the nannies come to you. This way, the nannies that are actively searching for work will be able to review your information, contacting you only if they’re qualified, available, and interested in your position. So post your needs and let the nannies come to you.
Be sure that your job is realistic, not ideal. We understand that when you’re home in the afternoon you take the dog for a walk and clean the house, but the nannies are primarily interested in making sure your child is well cared for. Be sure that your job posting reflects this and try to keep it in perspective; is a French-speaking nanny necessary; can the nanny do her best if she has to juggle housework and homework?
Step 2 - Pick Your Favourites
There’re many great nannies listed on the site, and you might find that you get a huge response when you first post. With this much response, you’ll likely find a handful that suit your needs. Narrow down the applications and pick your top 10. Once you’ve done this, you can look at them more thoroughly and determine who you favourites are from that.
Throughout the hiring process, remember that you are hiring an employee, not a new friend. Therefore, pick the best person for the job, not just the person you get along with the best.
Check back next week for part-two, narrowing down your search from 10 to 5.
If you have any questions about the service or your nanny search, please contact us at email@example.com or 1-866-221-7918.
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