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21 September 2010 @ 03:01 pm
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Hello! I just got laid off from my office job and have decided that instead of looking for another job that I won't really like, I'd like to go back into childcare. I have many years of experience as a babysitter and swim instructor and spent some time in Italy as an au pair. My parents are moving to Louisville, Kentucky in a month or so for new employment opportunities (from Michigan) and I figure I will move with them in order to save some money.

To the point, I've looked at my usual go to sites for childcare positions (GreatAuPair and Craigslist) and have been unsuccessful at finding many opportunities. How do y'all usually find your jobs? Do you recommend an agency?

Thanks for your help!
 
 
 
memagpiefirefly on September 21st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Find a local agency - they seem to work best, and you can get more money that way.

I was in Boston and used BostonNanny. I LOVE them. Small, personal, and well-known agency. If you can find something like that, you'll be golden.
stardustedxstardustedx on September 21st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I love care.com. Local agencies are great too, but I found my last two gigs on care.com and they were both awesome and paid great.
Amandaflyorpretend on September 22nd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I think, with lack of much experience, it's best if you look on care.com and sittercity.
Caridie on September 22nd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I've gotten most of my jobs through word of mouth and recommendations. That's hard for you though since you're relocating. But you can recruit your family and friends, families you've sat for in the past and ask if they have any connections to Louisville (or wherever you'd like to work). Then, ask them to send an email blast or whatever to all their contacts saying they know an awesome nanny who is looking for a family.

plus try what everyone else has said. i
Caridie on September 22nd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
getting in touch with local listservs, parenting boards etc are good ways of getting an "in."

http://www.louisvillemomsguide.com/

http://www.bizymoms.com/louisville/

etc