Sunday, September 30, 2007
I am a young woman who is reentering the "nanny world" after a few years away at a corporate position. I decided to work through an agency, as I was having a difficult time finding suitable families on my own. I replied to a posting on Craig's List from a well known and seemingly reputable agency and provided them with my resume and salary requirements. The agent I was dealing with "Sally" informed me their was a position in my area with hours and salary that worked with my requirements. I interviewed with the family and it was an immediate love match. We did everything right and had a second and third interview. I e-mailed "Sally" to tell her how successful my interviews had been and she informed me that once my background check had been run and references had been checked I would be offered the job. I was shocked that it had not been run already, as I had already been in this woman's home and met her children. I was uncomfortable but met with my potential employer to discuss salary and found out she was offering$200/week less then I required as a STARTING salary. After devoting 4 weeks and several unpaid, good faith hours of "sample childcare", I had to inform my potential employer that I would not be a suitable candidate for the job.She was (understandably) upset. I e-mailed my references to thank them for their time and to inform them that I did not accept the position so they maybe receiving more phone calls and I got the same response back over and over again: "No one called me." "Sally" didn't even check my references! Here is my question: should I inform her that "Sally" not only did not check my references and (possibly) my background, but also told me that the position paid significantly more then it does? The potential employer and her family are lovely, wonderful people and I do not want them to continually find themselves in this position, particularly because they might hire someone unsuitable. I also don't particularly want to get involved in a whole mess,as I know that this family is desperate to find a nanny and might ignore my advice. Please respond honestly. Also, I am not interested in hearing that I should take this job, regardless of the pay scale, and that I am a "bad nanny" for refusing to do so. I was very clear at the outset what my salary requirements are; no true professional would work at an inadequate (for them) rate "out of the goodness of their heart". Thank you!!!