Guide To Nanny References
Great references are a critical part of your success in a competitive nanny job market. They also play an essential role when applying with Starling Agency Nanny Placement!
Can you tell me more about the significance of references?
Absolutely, the value of strong references cannot be overstated, especially when working in childcare! Your references are more than just data points on a resume, they are your advocates, vouching for your character, skills, and work ethic. Glowing references can validate your qualifications, and speak to your integrity, adaptability, and potential. Overall, your references can showcase the positive impact you’ve had in a particular role. At the end of the day, strong references can give you the edge over other applicants.
Any tips on choosing employment references wisely?
Of course! The first rule is to select references that will speak positively about your professional contributions. The second rule is to select references that are aligned with the requirements of the position you are applying for. After all, future employers want to evaluate your skills for a specific set of responsibilities. The third rule is to select references that showcase a pattern of longevity. Job satisfaction and commitment are important to prospective employers so you’ll want to demonstrate your ability to thrive in a new role.
What about reference etiquette?
Yes, please be conscientious! Notify your references prior to interviews and ask permission to share their contact information. Provide your references with information about the job you are applying for as well as highlights of your recent achievements. Make it as easy as possible for your references to participate. After your job search is complete, follow up with your references to express gratitude for their support.
What if my references are always busy?
Many parents have limited personal time and a to-do list that never ends. If you know your former employers are swamped, ask them for a letter of recommendation at the end of your tenure. Letters of recommendation are a fantastic first line of advocacy. Prospective employers will still require a direct conversation, but a letter of recommendation will add a layer of credibility as you advance in the interview process.
What if I have a confidentiality agreement with former employers?
This is a common occurrence in the private childcare profession. Many families deeply value their privacy and therefore require a confidentiality agreement as a condition of employment. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) permits employers to confirm your work history. Without the ability to verify your employment, there’s essentially no job history to speak of. Every professional in private service has the burden of proof regarding the integrity of their work history.
What does Starling require regarding references?
Thank you for asking! In order to apply with Starling, we require a minimum of 3 professional references. We ask that all references are former employers that can confirm employment eligibility. These references should communicate a strong commitment to private childcare. We also invite you to update your references with us each time you apply so we can share your recent job history with clients. We recommend informing your references that Starling will contact them. All references are treated with respect for their time and gratitude for their contributions!
Employment references serve as a powerful network of advocates. It is important to cultivate an ongoing positive relationship with your references. In doing so, you’ll have an edge when applying for positions exclusively available through Starling Agency! Contact Starling for any questions!
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