What Makes a Good Resume?

What Makes a Good Resume?
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Here at Nanager, we look to hire motivated, passionate nannies that can combine their childcare and home management skills, to provide a great experience for busy families. While we have many successful applicants, we also have those that don’t make the cut. This isn’t always necessarily down to their skillset, but rather, we’ve found that many times, we’ve had to turn applicants away due to the resume they present us with. We decided it was time to write a blog post on this, after receiving a resume written on the Notes app of an iPhone, with no personal information on the candidate or their previous employment history. So, we thought it was time to share our best tips!

1. CAPTURE YOUR BEST-SELLING POINTS FROM THE BEGINNING

Start your resume with a brief summary of yourself, highlighting your key skills and achievements (make sure these are relevant to the role you are applying for!). This is the first thing we look at, so it needs to grab our attention. We need to know that you tick all the boxes for having what it takes to do the job.

2. GIVE BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

This may seem like an obvious one, but you would be surprised. Even if you have worked in a childcare centre or nannied previously, as an employer it’s important for us to see the kind of tasks you have carried out on the job. A few bullet points are simple yet effective – did you do pickups and drop-offs? How old were the children you cared for? What were the main duties of the role?

3. LET US KNOW YOUR OTHER INTERESTS/HOBBIES

While part of our Nanager matchmaking process includes making sure the Nanager fits the family, it is equally important to us that the family is a perfect match for the Nanager. We like to know what you’re interested in; whether it’s the fact you love the outdoors or that you are keen on the organic lifestyle. It’s important that Nanagers and families get on well on a personal level, but it’s such a bonus when you have similar interests. Similarities = a match made in Heaven.

4. LAYOUT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK

We read through tons of resumes on a daily basis. Even if you’ve nailed the content, what use is it if it’s in tiny writing, an illegible font, or not separated into clear sections. We’ve said that the first thing we look at is your personal profile at the beginning of the resume. That’s almost true. The very first thing is always the design, even if not intentionally. With a resume, less is more when it comes to design – just make sure each section is labelled clearly and runs in a logical order.

Happy resume writing!

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