Over the past years International nannies have become a very common concept primarily due to better and easier means of communication, travel and the overall economic environment. In the US the Spanish language has become the second most used language and therefore one of the most sought after type of nanny is the Spanish nanny. In Canada, although English and French are still the most common languages in use, Spanish is becoming more popular…particularly in the large multi-cultural urban centers throughout the country.
Whether you are looking to hire a Spanish nanny or you are a Spanish nanny hoping to find work in the US, there are many “nanny options” available. These options allow both nanny and employer to find the best fit and solution to their individual needs. There is the full time nanny who can be employed on either a live in or live out basis and there is also the part time nanny who can also be employed on either a live in or live out basis.
Although finding a nanny job in the US may present some challenges, there are so many options and methods for finding a position that a little bit of organization, hard work and commitment can result in a great opportunity! If you are presently overseas, you may choose to register with a reputable agency, perhaps one that your friends or associates have successfully worked with, to help you find that perfect position. If you choose not to use an agency, there are still options available albeit a more difficult and time consuming task. After arranging all the legal & immigration details you must determine if you are going to be full time, part time, live in or live out… but most likely as a non-citizen from overseas you will be working as full time live in. After doing some research to decide in which state or city you would prefer to live, you have to locate local newspapers, web sites or employment agencies through which you can advertise that you are seeking employment as a nanny. You can also check to see if there are any families who are advertising their desire to hire, so you can also contact and initiate one to one conversations.
If you choose to work with an agency, either standard or on line, you must provide a complete resume along with references, criminal history checks, contact information and your area preferences. Most on line agencies also encourage potential employers to set up and provide advertisements outlining their job offerings. This allows potential nannies to search for jobs that may meet their requirements and attempt to contact and initiate conversation with potential employers.
As a potential Spanish nanny who wants to stand out against other Spanish nannies, make sure that you list and highlight any of your special qualifications and /or certifications. The US market is highly sensitive to the specialties that a nanny may have. For example, if a nanny has attained higher education levels or has been certified in areas of healthcare or lifesaving techniques, they will be highly prized and in turn offered a higher salary.
In North America, a nanny is responsible for duties that are directly associated with the care of the children. This means the day to day attention and safety of the children during specific hours as agreed upon between the parents and the nanny. These duties will include dressing, bathing, preparing meals, and entertaining the youngsters. Further, a good nanny will use her skills and abilities to help the children develop their potential through appropriate and educational games and activities. If required, a nanny will assist with homework and drive children to appointments and arrange play dates with other children. A nanny is not expected to do housework, family cooking and shopping or any other domestic chores unless agreed before the position is accepted.
The market for Spanish nannies in North America is increasing every day due to the supply and the demand, as Spanish nannies are developing a much deserved reputation for kindness, ability, and an excellent work ethic!