I have a question for nannies and mothers about reviewing caregivers on websites. I worked for a family for nine months, and while there were many, MANY issues with the job, I nevertheless did the job, and did the job well. The issues were mainly personal, as the mother never really took to me and would get really mad at me for turning down extra hours...even though the extra hours would be her asking me (insisting!) to leave my classes at university early to take her son to the dentist. This happened twice...over my finals week. Of course I'm not going to leave class DURING MY FINALS to take your son to the dentist. Needless to say, I left at the start of the summer break with the mutual agreement that it wasn't working and that we would be going different ways for the next school year.
But now, for some reason, I cannot find another job. I found her on a nanny website that's well known (if I can mention it here, it's care.com) and ever since I stopped working for her, I am getting nothing but rejection letters. Is this a coincidence, or has she served me with a devastating review online that's effecting my ability to get another job? If this is the case, how do I get around this issue? I feel it's completely unjustified to give me such a bad review when I bent over backwards for her family during the time I worked for them. I nannied, tutored, cleaned, and did laundry all for $10 an hour.
Both parents are big travelers, and four separate times during the school year they were both required to travel during the same two-week period. I stayed with the two kids and was the primary care giver for two weeks straight each time. All for ten dollars an hour, because she didn't feel like she needed to pay me while I was sleeping. She has refused me a written reference, and I know for a fact I can't include her on my resume. In a sense, I have wasted the past nine months working for this family. After all I did for them, I received absolutely no thanks, and now I'm stuck with a hole in my resume and bad reviews (if the case) to boot. Thoughts? Advice? Please help me get another job!
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