An awesome CV will help you get interviews with the best families; it will be their first impression of you! The best CVs are the ones that really reflect the nannies personality. And don't forget, you’ll likely be helping with homework, so your spelling and grammar needs to be perfect.
Here's a (real) example of a CV one of our nannies wrote – we think it's pretty great!
My university, and course: UCL (University College London) BSc Psychology
My age and gender: 18, Male
My life story, in a nutshell: Hello! I am the youngest child of three siblings, and I was born and raised in Manchester. I have always been very close with all my family members, despite occasionally falling out over small things when we were younger. Family has always been something very important to me, as I have always valued having a tight knit family unit there to support me. When I was growing up I was also looked after by au pairs, which is partly why I am interested in becoming an afterschool nanny. I always enjoyed their company and it felt like they were part of the family, and I was always thankful that there was somebody to take me home and entertain me rather than being stuck in an afterschool club waiting for my parents.
I attended my local primary school before moving on to Sale Grammar School. Education has always been very important to me and something that I have closely valued, and I'd always be willing to help motivate and encourage children in doing their homework. At school I was very driven to achieve the best I possibly could, and I was very proud of my GCSE and A level results, getting me in to study Psychology at UCL.
It may seem unusual to have a male nanny, as it is a role commonly associated as a job for women. In my opinion, I think that whilst it is true that not many men are nannies, this doesn't mean it can't be the case. I am truly passionate about working with kids, and I'd love to gain more experience working with children in a more personal and caring environment. My aspiration is to become a Clinical Psychologist working with children, and I'm very interested in both child development and child mental health. Because of this, I have become involved in organisations such as Childline, where I have been accepted to begin training to become a telephone counsellor.
Now that I have moved to London and settling into my studies at UCL, I'd really like to have a part time job to supplement my studies that is a lot more meaningful than just working at a shop. For me, being involved in a child's life and being able to enrich it is invaluable.
My childcare experience: My cousin has recently had a baby, and I've been very involved in helping with looking after her. She's actually 6 years old now so not so much of a baby, even though I still see her that way! I also have experience in mentoring roles in school. I often lead sectional groups in the school orchestra, in which I helped the younger students to practice their music, encouraged confidence, and gave them somebody to look up to.
My skills: I am a keen musician, as I am a classically trained violinist and pianist. I have achieved ABRSM grade 8 on both instruments, and I have a dipABRSM performance diploma on the piano. I attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music every saturday for 6 years, where I was given piano and violin lessons, as well as chamber music, orchestra, and musicianship. I was also a section leader of the Halle Youth Orchestra in Manchester for two years, and I was part of a quartet that played for many occasions such as the Manchester Medical society ball, weddings, restaurant openings, and we were featured in an ITV documentary following the stories of victims of the Manchester attack.
I also hold a full and clean UK driving license. Whilst I do have my own car, it is currently in Manchester, however there is a chance I may be able to bring it to London if I arrange resident permit holder parking.
I am also happy to cook, as I have achieved an A* in GCSE food technology, and I really enjoy baking.
Why I love working with kids: I really want to work with kids, because it's what i'm really passionate about doing in the future. I really want a career in which I feel rewarded, and for me there is no greater reward than improving and enriching a child's life. I believe it is really important for children to be surrounded with positivity and care, and it is really important that they are engaged and creative in their early years. I would love to become a Child Clinical Psychologist in the future, and working with kids would give me experience that goes beyond the textbook, as you get a more personal bond with a child and understand their needs and how they think much better.
Activities I'd love to do with kids after school: I really enjoy getting outdoors, so a fun activity I've always loved doing is going to the park, whether it be to have a picnic, or just to be active and imaginative.
As i'm quite musical, I also really like engaging kids with musical activities, such as singing popular nursery rhymes, and doing rhythmic exercises along with the music, and movements and actions.
I'm also a fan of arts and crafts, whether it be finger painting (with a full clean up afterwards), or doing fun DIY projects.