If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 10 years, chances are you have an online presence. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or one of the multitudes of platforms available these days for social media. It’s a great idea to check out your public social presence when you are in process of seeking a new role. I recommend using a device you don’t … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au Pairs: Clean up your Online Profiles
No matter what sort of job you are interviewing for, in any industry, its easy to stress out and become tense without even realizing its happening. Au pair interviews can be even more so. Parents are generally used to doing interviews. They are usually also quite nervous and a lot of the time don’t even know what to ask. At Sitters4U we provide clients with … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Breathe and Relax
So you get to your interview and if you have been following our weekly interview tips, you arrived on time, your CV looks dreamy, your stellar file puts grandma’s scrap-booking skills to shame, you are dressed presentably and comfortably. Then there is that awkward moment when you realise that the kids will be making up a large part of the interview. It’s fairly daunting meeting … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Get Involved
What Au pair Wannabe’s Should Know: Many young people go through a time in their lives where they are easily attracted to the life of being an au pair because from the outside it looks like easy money. “I’ll just be looking after a couple of kids. No problem!” But is this what au pairing really is about, or do we need to re-educate society … Continue reading Au Pairing: Is it for Everyone?
Like a girl guide, your motto should be ‘Be Prepared’. If you have been an au pair for a while now, you should have built up a stellar file of activities and information by now. In an interview its essential. The more information and ‘show-and-tell material’ you have available to you to provide the family, the more professional you will appear and the better your … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Be Prepared
If you know anything about parenting, you will know that time management plays a huge role in a parent and child’s life. Generally there is a time for everything. A time to get up, a time to get ready, a time to go to school, a time to fetch the kids, times to attend extra murals, do homework, have dinner, run a bath and get … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Be on Time
So you have been selected for an interview for an au pair role but don’t know how to dress? Yes, we know its a little confusing. When interviewing for an au pair or nanny position it can be a little tougher to decide what to wear than interviewing for a corporate role. Being an au pair means being involved in the families life on a … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: How to Dress
At Sitters4U we receive hundred of CV’s from au pairs across the South Africa every month. It would surprise you then as to how often its difficult then for us to gauge at a glance what childcare experience our applicants have, when they have worked for families, the details of the positions they have worked in, etc. It’s important to structure your CV in a … Continue reading How to set up your Au pair CV to get the Job
Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions. Families want to know that you are interested in their family, and are well informed on what life with their family will be like. If there is something said that you don’t understand, ask the family to repeat themselves, or to rephrase the question. It is important that you are calm and focused during the interview. Be … Continue reading Top 10 Questions to Ask a Client in an Au pair Job Interview
If you have just applied with Sitters4U,welcome. We are looking forward to processing your application. We offer as professional service to our clientèle and therefore request that candidates profile photo’s are professional as well. For an idea on what is considered professional vs what isn’t, please take the following into account ( photo’s that do not adhere to these guideline will be removed). What we … Continue reading What Should your Profile Photo Look Like?
The best way to take a CV photo is generally to have quite a fun photographer do a portfolio for you. Another of course is the diy route. Why is your profile photo so important? It’s a client’s first impression of you. Look the part and your potential family could feel a lot better and more comfortable about giving you a shot at an interview. … Continue reading How to Take the Best Profile Photo’s