WHAT MAKES A GREAT PROFESSIONAL NANNY AGENCY?
If you never used a Professional Nanny Agency, here are the most important factors to consider when you finding an agency to represent you.
If you are a Professional Nanny with 5 years of more experience, you want to check to see what type of candidates they are accepting into their agency. Are they accepting candidates that don't have any experience, a little experience, conducting professional comprehensive background reports, candidates that haven't stayed in their positions, candidates that consider their nanny experience, professional experience, even with part-time, as needed experience? These are all important factors to consider, as you only want candidates that are going to be similar to your experience. Otherwise, the salaries are going to be lower and clients will think because the agency's qualifications are lower, than the salaries should be lower as well. This will lead to lower salary projections.
Secondly, as a professional nanny, your hourly rate/salary is not determined on the market rate. It is determined based on your professional nanny experience, credibility earned by staying long-term with each family, education, excellent references, and knowledge of the industry. These are very important selling factors that should set your salary, not the market rate! The nanny industry is so vague, many are considered a nanny, there should be some differentiation factors that stand out that make you at a higher rate. In addition, you should also consider flexibility, ability to travel and conduct overnights/weekends occasionally. But, don't forget that when these families pay these high rates, don't be too restricted with your job scope/description. The more tasks you assist with occasionally and the ability to wear many hats, the higher the rate. Make sure your agency's rate is based on you not the market rate!
In addition, your agency needs to sell you! A professional agency will help you market your information at the highest rate! You want to be long-term and if you are marketed at the highest rate, you will stay with the family as long as the need exists with the family. If they don't speak up for you then they aren't helping you!
If you need assistance with your professional search with a new family, we will love to be assistance. We only place professional career nannies that have been in the business for at least 5 years with professional full-time experience. We market at the highest rate to help you stay with your family long-term. Many of our placements stay on average 3-5 years and many returns after 9-10 years of being successfully placed with an NM Family.
If you need assistance, please send your updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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