Information you need about your jobs
Having the right format and information under your experience is very important. You want to show the families or agency the skills you have acquired and your commitment to your past jobs.
When writing out your experience you want to include the following:
- Title of the job, including if it was full-time, part-time, or temp.
- You can include families name but put “Private Family” or just the first initial and then family. So for example, if it was the Smith Family, just put “S Family”.
- Start date and end date.
- Ages of the child(ren) when you started and if they had any new additions
- Duties you performed
- Reason for leaving.
When you are listing out the duties, if they are all the same for all the jobs you can list a section on your resume as “General Duties” or you can include them under each job. Make sure to bullet point your duties when you type them out.
Also, how you word your duties can make a huge difference. For example instead of just typing “Helped with daily duties.” Type out “Helped with daily duties including playing with the child, going swimming, to the park, reading, and educational activities.” By giving examples it shows to the family more about what you have done and can do.
Another example is instead of “Managed schedules” type out “Coordinated and managed schedules for children including arranging playdates, activities, and sports practices.” For when you list our helping with meal prep, if you made healthy meals, for a certain diet, or had to be careful of allergies, make sure to include that.
Typing out your duties is important to add the details, but not make it too long. However, you do want to cover what you have done for families to be able to help provide future families what you are capable of and give them a clear vision of how you could help their family.
When you list out your reason for leaving, you can be vague with it on your resume and explain more in detail during the interview.
Always make sure you spell-check and read over your resume a few times. Even have a friend review it. It is always helpful to have a fresh pair of eyes look it over.
Here is an example of the format for typing our your job experience
- Drove children by picking them up from school, dropping them off at practices, games, social events, and extracurricular activities.
- Supervised homework time and made sure the children did their chores
- Prepared and planned snacks and meals for the children
- Managing and playing with three pets
- Light housework with picking up after activities, dishes after meals, and general cleaning up.
- Planned activities outdoors including going on walks, to the park, and playing in the yard.
- Also planned indoor activities and games. Including education activities.
- Managed and coordinated schedules for sports, school, and social events.