Should I have a CV? We’re asked this question quite a lot at BAPN and not just by new nannies entering the profession or nannies currently looking for work and our answer is always the same – YES you do. A CV (curriculum vitae) is an important document that gives a summary of your career to date, qualifications and also explains your suitability for posts you are applying for. CVs are important because they are likely to be your first introduction to a potential new employer. Presentation is therefore key. For this reason alone your CV should be carefully thought out, written so that it makes an immediate positive impact on the reader. When a reader looks at your CV, they should be able to quickly gain a clear indication of your experiences and suitability for the role(s) you are expressing an interest in. Bear in mind that, in most cases, the person reading your CV will not have met you, so make sure there are no spelling mistakes and it is focused. Your CV is essentially your shop window, it provides you with an opportunity to sell yourself and your abilities to potential employers. Your CV should clearly show those strengths and experiences that are most relevant to the job you are applying for. For this reason you should also take the time to make adjustments to your current CV so that it best fits each job you apply for. For example, a prospective employer may state that the successful applicant will have an in-depth knowledge of preparing and cooking vegetarian meals. If you meet that requirement you may wish to expand upon this much more than your CV currently does. What should a CV include? Your CV will be made up of a number of sections, these may vary depending on your career to date. The essential parts that every CV should include are: Personal summary Career history Academic qualifications Training courses Areas of expertise References
A CV is submitted to win you an interview, but it does have other uses too. It helps you to remain focused on what you have done, and this is important when you’ve won that interview and are now telling the prospective employer all about you and why you are their best applicant. Your CV can: Remind you of what you have done in your career so far Help you to identify any weakness in your skills, work experience of qualifications Refresh your mind before and during a job interview Setting the agenda for any future interviews. Employers often use the applicants CV as a prompt for interview questions. You could be the best qualified and most suitable applicant for a job, but if your CV is disjointed, poorly written and does not highlight your key skills, knowledge and ability then it’s doubtful you’ll be selected. Keep your CV short Most recruiters now recommend that your CV should be no longer than two pages long. Therefore you should aim to keep it factual and only include information that is relevant to the vacancy / vacancies you are applying for. You may indeed be a great public speaker but if the role(s) you are now interested in have no requirement for public speaking there’s very little point in including the fact in your CV. Keep your CV up to date As you go through your career you are likely to gain new qualifications, knowledge and areas of expertise, it’s therefore important that you keep your CV updated. To conclude: A typical CV will include: 1. Full name 2. Email address 3. Contact telephone number (Preferably mobile number) 4. Home address (City or Postcode Only) 5. Personal statement. Who you are (for example: 'An enthusiastic and motivated Nanny with 7 years’ experience working with children under 3) 6. Work experience (This section should include a list of all of your relevant work experience with the most recent first. It should also briefly state why you left the post). Each job listed should include: - Job title - Name of the Employer - Length of time in the position - Your key responsibilities - Achievements (You might state here things like how you were able to help the child transition from nursery to school, or where you worked with a child with additional needs and how you took on additional training so that you could better meet his needs and so on) - Education. List your educational experience and achievements starting with the most recent. 7. Additional Skills (Here you should write about any relevant additional skills you have and how you acquired them by giving some examples. Marry these skills to the job advert / requirements, showing how these additional skills make you the ideal candidate for the vacant post. 8. Hobbies and interests. Only add hobbies and interests that are relevant to the job(s) you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a job that asks for strong crafting skills, you might include that you take a crafting class in your spare time. 9. References. Agencies and prospective employers expect at least one referee to be either your current employer or most recent. Never name a referee before first having sought their permission.
It is useful once you have written your CV to get feedback on it. BAPN offers free feedback to members on their CV. If you are not a BAPN member, your nanny agency should be prepared to run
a critical eye over it for you