13 June, 2012
Mad Dad Writes Rude Review
Back in the middle of May I replied to an add on a sitter site (sittercity.com if any of you are wondering.) The job was for a full time week day nanny for two children 8 months and 7 years. The father was in the military and from the way he wrote his add I should have been seeing the red flags as he made himself seem like one of those god awful controlling military parents such as my own father was/is still to this day.
Well I also had applied for a job as a receptionist around the same time and they called me back after the first message the family that was looking for the nanny sent me. I was told by the company for the receptionist job that I would be able to start within a week or so. Well I emailed the family and told them that I was going to accept another position non-childcare related. The job payed more, had benefits, and as a young adult who is not going to school at the moment, that just sounded like a better fit. Well a month almost passes and the receptionist people ended up being flaky, ( i was told I had the job and that they would set up a second interview and let me know either way if it didn't work out, even after emailing them kinda telling them I was still very interested they said they still wanted to hire me after the interview, well still haven't heard back from them.)
Anyways I emailed the family a few days ago because they were still looking for a nanny. Now I have NEVER EVER had a bad review, I am always on time, I am a damn good caregiver and anyone that knows me or I have worked for will tell you that. I explained what had happened and apologized to the family in my email to them, letting them know that I really was very dependable and would be glad to care for their children still. Now if they had of contacted me quicker in the beginning instead of taking days I would have had a chance to set up an interview with them and probably would have taken the job instead of the one for the receptionist position I was offered, and once I start a job it takes A LOT for me to quit especially if its in the childcare profession. The father emailed me back and was a complete asshole to me basically calling me immature and told me he was going to give me a "bad review" on the site (i'll add it to the end of the post) because I had proven to be very undependable.
Now I understand that the family was looking for someone long term that wouldn't up and quit but if someone messages you back after you obviously still cant find a nanny for your children after a month, someone who is completely qualified and interested in the position you shouldn't be rude to them seeing as they are almost your only chance left. I was not rude in my message and I asked very nicely for them to give me a second chance and explained why I had turned them down in the beginning. So when I got such a rude message back it really just pissed me off. If I had of started or had been on a trial run THEN flaked out I would understand, but seeing as I turned them down in the beginning they shouldn't have been as rude in my opinion.Oh and he didnt even spell my name right in 3/5 message, which made me mad as my name was spelled correctly where he could see it in a message above. Anyways I just needed to rant, have any other nannies had this problem?
Here is the message I sent them: Name of Father Here, (changed for obvious reasons), I first want to apologize for turning you down earlier this summer, What I thought was going to be a steady job ended up never happening because the company was not well organized or run. Since then I have been thinking seriously and have decided that I feel that Childcare is the best career path for me at this moment in my life. If you are still looking for a full time, long term nanny I would be more than happy to speak with you again if you would reconsider me. You asked previously about my schooling. I am not enrolled anymore in UCA, I decided that the university just was not for me and have decided to further my education online in my own time to become certified as a Pharmacist Technician in the future while still being able to work full time as a nanny. Those are my goals for the future and present education wise. My distant future I have been thinking often and hard about due to the fact I will not be returning to UCA and have been pursuing the Nanny profession as full time with eventually the Pharmacy Tech Certification to fall back on. I promise that if you chose me to be the nanny for Child One and Child Two you would not be sorry. I am not a flake though I seemed to have made myself seem like one previously, I really am a very dedicated hard working young woman, I am someone who once I commit to something I do not just quit especially with a job involving caring for someone else's children. I hope that you will email me back either here or on my personal email address. I would be very glad to speak with you more about the position and myself. Thank you SO much for your time, -Maryann.
And THIS is the message and the review I got back: Maryann, I wasnt going to respond but i decided to. I can believe you had the nerve to email me back. You applied for the job, turned me down when i replied to you about the job, tell me you found another job, then come back and ask to fill the position. You have got to be kidding me. Thats the one thing my wife and i were worried about was someone doing that and you just proved to be that person, and then think i would even consider you. I'm also going to write a review on you to warn any other parents who may consider you for child care. I feel obligated to do so as where i am a parent myself and care about my children.
This is the Review: June 11, 2012: ***/***** I would like any parent considering her to read this. My wife and I were looking for child care and posted an add. One of our biggest concerns was what if the person we hire leaves for a different job and then we dont have child care because we depended on the person we hired. Maryann applied for the job add i posted. So i contacted her back because we were interested in hiring her. When i contacted her back she told me she found another job so was no longer interested. Well evidentally her other job didnt work out because she emailed me back asking me to reconsider her for the job. She then told me she was not "Flaky" as it appears, and was dependable. I feel obligated as a parent to share my experience with considering her for a job with any other parents who may be considering her. We did not hire her because in my opinion she already proved she would leave if another job/better opportunity opened up. The only reason i gave her a 3 star rating was because she never sat, off of my experience with her it would be lower.
SO, basically i'm angry he was rude and just want to say... sorry but your loss, i'm one hell of a nanny and I hope you find someone that is just perfect for you.
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