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So you’re on the flight back to your home country trying to fight back the tears that’s stinging your eyes, and all you can think of are the best memories of being an au pair. The last thing you need to be worrying about is finding a job back home. But it’s what every au pair dreads.
“What am I going to do when I get home? Should I go back to school? I want to travel and see the world!” These may be just a few of the concerns that races through your mind and you’re not alone, trust me.
As an ex-au pair who’s had over four jobs since leaving the States, I’ve become a pro at writing, editing, and proof-reading resumes and covering letters. I’ve gone through hundreds of job applications, numerous rejection emails, and a whole load of tears in fear of failing.
With all my experience in job applications and job interviews, I’ve created a list that’s designed to boost your resume and land you the ultimate dream job!
1) Employers are not interested in your au pair title. This is something I learned the hard way. Employers don’t want to see the word “au pair” on your resume. It doesn’t mean anything to them. Remember when you had to explain what being an au pair is to other people? Well if your employer sees the word “au pair” on your resume and doesn’t understand what it means, chances are they’ll disregard your application straight away. Try using “Personal Assistant” if you’re applying for a corporate position. Or try “Nanny” if you’re applying to a childcare related role. This isn’t exactly lying on your resume because being an au pair is assisting the host family in one form or another.
2) Motivated, committed and dedicated. These are the qualities that you have gained while being an au pair for a year. Being motivated and committed to a whole new family for one year (or more) is a big deal. Not only does it show dedication, but it demonstrates that you have a high level of maturity that employers are constantly seeking.
3) Gained international working experience. Don’t forget that the au pair program is a cultural exchange one! Use these words in your resume because it will make you stand out from your average employee who’s been working in an office for 5 years. Mention that you’ve traveled to different countries or states which has further fueled your passion in developing your knowledge and understanding of the world.
4) Studied at an (American) accredited college. Your educational credits are a small but interesting part of the au pair program. If you’re applying for an educational related role like a degree or MA, write down what courses you studied and at which college/university. It will prove that even though you were away for a whole year, you were still committed to your studies abroad.
5) Your responsibilities. Changing diapers, bottle feeding, and doing the laundry is not what your employer wants to read on your resume. In fact, employers would be more curious to know as to how you accomplished your goals in multi-tasking work, traveling, and studying simultaneously. Talk about your responsibilities and how you personally assisted a family of ‘x’ amount of kids.
It’s all about the language you use when discussing your responsibilities. Here’s a few examples of how you could phrase your duties:
“Maintained cleanliness of house and ran household/personal errands”
“Managed household related responsibilities such as, appointments”
“Accountable for travel and diary schedules”
“Improved English speaking and writing skills”
“Independently traveled to different cities to network with people/clients”
“Gained further educational qualifications abroad”
“Involved children in educational and stimulating activities”
“Inspired children by teaching them to read and write”
I hope this article helps you improve your resume and launch your dream job! If you have any advise or tips, leave a comment in the section below!
I am an ambitious and dedicated writer. I have completed my BA in English Literature and Education Studies. Upon completing my degree, I traveled to New Jersey as an au pair where I met my fiance. Currently, I reside in England and work as a Copywriter whilst inspiring au pairs to experience a life-changing adventure!