When you apply for a nanny position, it can be difficult to stand out amongst other nanny candidates. You know you have extensive experience and skills, but how can you more accurately show a family who you are?
Creating a thoughtful letter of introduction can add a personal touch to your resume. With a letter of introduction (which may also be called a cover letter), you can talk about your life, interests, and personality. Employers will better understand who you are as a unique individual before reviewing your work experience, which can help them decide if you’re the best candidate for the family.
To get started on your letter of introduction, here are a few key details to consider, plus some examples to kickstart your thoughts.
A letter of introduction helps a family get to know you. In it, you should share your best qualities and what makes you unique. For example, you may have a very positive, optimistic attitude, or a significant life-changing experience in your past influenced how you work with children. Maybe you have a wonderful sense of humor that appeals to kids, or a creative streak that helps you solve problems. Share these qualities early in your letter so the family can decide if you’re a good fit early on.
When you share your own family experiences and culture in the letter, the family will get a sense of what your family life was like growing up. It’ll help spark a personal connection with you. You can also explain why or how you became a nanny, and talk about your education and training in childcare. Describe what you’re looking for in a nanny position here as well.
There are many approaches to engaging with children, emotionally, and intellectually. You can describe your approach in this part of the letter. Maybe you’re a theatrical storyteller. Perhaps you see a child’s endless questions as opportunities to teach them something new. Or maybe you have lots of ideas for games, craft activities, or play time to help you understand and bond with children.
Passion is uplifting and compelling. Tell your prospective employers what drives you on a daily basis. Do you support specific causes that have special meaning to you? Are you passionate about nutrition and health? Do you have a love of music, art, or books? Is your free time spent biking, swimming, knitting, painting, or hiking? Are you working towards a different long-term career goal while you’re nannying? Sharing your hobbies and passions will strengthen that personal connection with a family.
Once you’re done with a first draft of your letter of introduction, don’t forget to read it a few times to check your spelling and grammar! Leaving a mistake in your letter will look unprofessional. Have someone else read through it, too, if you want to get fresh eyes on your letter.
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