I am a Nanny in CA and am getting seriously discouraged now. I have been actively seeking a new position for the last three months and so far nothing has panned out. :( I use Craigslist, sittercity and Care.com to both post a profile/ad and answer childcare ads. I get a lot of interest, go to a few interviews..then never hear back again. I don't know if this is due to the economy or if I am doing something wrong. I have all the qualities a good Nanny should have: Flexibility, a clean driving record, a college degree, CPR certification/Clean background checks and many yrs of childcare experience as both a mother and a Nanny. My ads are well-written and many people tell me they were impressed by my ad so they want to meet me. I show up to the interview on time and click so much with the families that I end up staying more than an hour not only playing with their children, but also being shown around the house where everything is located that I will need to know when I "start." Then nothing. Nada. I get no e-mail, text message or phone call letting me know they have decided on another Nanny. I am just left in the cold. This is tough on my job search because I never know which job I have or not.
My neighbors (a middle-aged married couple) have advised me that since I am attractive (not to be conceited), I probably am not hired because since some of the men work from home or will be relieving me, the wives are afraid I might be a "distraction" for them. Granted, I am not a supermodel, yet I know I am better than average in the looks dept. Could this be the case? Or am I doing something else wrong here? When I show up for the interviews, I am ALWAYS dressed conservatively and act accordingly. Please help! I need a position ASAP as my savings is getting low and I don't know how I will make rent in Sept if I don't get hired. Sorry to sound so panicky, but it is what it is. Thank you guys so much...please no mean stuff. That would be the last thing I need to hear right now.