Regarding Nannies is working in conjunction with Care.com to bring education and awareness to nannies when working with an online service.
Care.com (www.care.com) is now the largest online care destination in the world providing a forum for families seeking care support to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share care giving experiences and get advice. The company helps families address the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through – child care, including special needs, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. Care.com also provides tools and information to help families make safer and more informed decisions throughout the search and hiring process, including monitored messaging, access to background checks, recorded references, and an online safety guide.
Over the next few weeks, Regarding Nannies will provide in-depth information for nannies to gain the most information and advantage in utilizing sites, such as Care.com, make informed decisions of online sites, and learn how to make you stand out from the other candidates using Care.com and much more!
As we know there are many options in searching for a position. We hope that by providing this series that you gain the resources for a positive experience in your next job search. Some of the resources provided you will be able to use in any venue during your job search.
We welcome healthy discussion but this is not the place for your personal attacks of online sites or other venues.
Why was Care.com created?
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, the founder and CEO of Care.com, launched the Company in 2007 after her personal experience as a young mother underscored the need for a service to help families with their care needs. Connecting families and caregivers is part of that – but it’s also providing access to resources and tools to help address personal care challenges, whatever they may be. Today, Care.com is the largest online care destination in the world, with 7 million members looking for or providing care across 15 countries.
Why use an online site?
Care.com aspires to be a one-stop shop for all things care related. First and foremost, that’s enabling people to find the care solutions that work for them (individual or business) but it’s also other services, informative content and resources. Want to know if you’re getting paid enough? We have tools for that. Need salary negotiating strategies? We have talking points. Want tips for what to ask on a job interview, and how to talk to a family on the phone? We have articles and guides that can take you through every phase of the job search. Plus, tips for writing a job profile that will get you noticed.
Technology makes this possible – Care.com is both the support hub for today’s families and a job growth engine for care providers, connecting millions of care providers with millions of families worldwide.
What are the benefits and the negatives of using an online service?
The obvious benefit to an online service like Care.com is access. For care providers, its access to the vast network of families, and now more recently, businesses that are in search of care workers. For families, it’s the ability to instantly search for care providers in their area, fine tune that search to those that match their specifications and credentials, and run background checks. Whether it’s access to last-minute back-up care gigs, our network of licensed senior care advisors, or even our breadth of online tips and advice, it’s all at Care.com.
What makes Care.com different from other online services?
Care.com is the largest online care destination in the world. Through the acquisition of Breedlove & Associates in August of 2012, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive household payroll services, we are the only Company in our space who offers the full range of payroll, tax and compliance services. This is so much more than paying a nanny — it’s being able to offer services that benefit both families and care providers. For care providers especially, it’s helping them get the benefits they deserve by being paid legally.
Following the acquisition of Parents in a Pinch in December 2012, a recognized leader in providing in-home back-up childcare and adult care for corporations and families across the United States, no other online care company provides professional agency assistance for back-up care, further differentiating Care.com from others in the space.
Finally, the resources we offer our nannies are one of a kind. We want to make sure that nannies have the tools and the information they need for not only their interviews and job search – but on the day-to-day. Right now, some of our most popular content is our Indoor Activity Guide, which offers fun, active fitness for kids on those cold snowy days (which we have a lot of here in New England!). We aim to be a daily resource for both parents and nannies. We have lots of activities for nannies and their kids to do together throughout the day. We also have tons of recipes for snacks, lunch and dinner since we know so many nannies are in charge of feeding the kids healthy meals.
Care.com is the only online care destination offering this range of services to its members.
What would be one thing you would want nannies to know when considering Care.com?
Finding work in today’s crowded online job market isn’t easy. For those in a specialized field like child care, Care.com understands that identifying these opportunities is especially difficult. From connecting with families in search of care, to locating businesses looking to hire care providers, those seeking employment within the care field have the power of choice at Care.com.
For nannies in search of employment outside of a family’s home, in December the Company launched Care.com’s Recruiting Solutions™ which allows caregivers to respond to job posts from businesses, such as daycare centers. For those who may not have previously considered working for a care business (versus a family or individual) this opens up entirely new avenues.
Future segments will cover:
Gathering Your Information
Getting the Responses
You’ve Got the Job
Being the Best Professional
by Kellie Geres
Regarding Nannies Development Team