I posted a few days ago about my once a month position and the lack of communication from the parents, along with inconsistent hours and the fact that they didn't appreciate me. I posted on the original submission that I was going to wait until 9p Friday evening for MB to confirm I was working this weekend. I heard NOTHING. I was blown off for no reason, and I feel completely distanced from the nanny community even more now that I was terminated without a reason.
My midwest college town is full of great nannies, however, the agencies here are very catty, rude and unprofessional. I feel unwelcomed here because I am older, mature, experienced, educated professional with a college degree and a fifteen year career in the field of early childhood ed, having worked with all ages of children.
For most nanny positions (part, full and occasional) the desired background is the same: experience with children, degree, enjoys working with children, reliable, responsible, creative, own transportation and references. I exceed the first one, meet all the other "requirements", and I would think that because I have been in the field this long, I really enjoy working with children, and if I didn't, I would be in another field. In no way am I taking things away from younger nannies, however, I feel that I bring more experience, a stronger work ethic, more of a commitment to the nanny profession, plus a higher level of dedication to children and families.
It's funny. My weekend family was my priority: I literally cleared their weekends, letting friends and family know I was unable to get together considering I had to work that weekend, and I also turned families away for childcare.
I am beginning to think I was fired because M and DB didn't want someone with my background and experience, quality care, and didn't appreciate the fact that I took good care of DD. The childcare DD attends is of terrible quality; they are my center's competitors, and from what former employees and parents have said of DD's center, I wonder if the teachers in her infant classroom take care of her the way I did. I feel insulted, because I took this job seriously and got screwed.
Now that I lost this job, I now believe that not one family is interested in hiring me as a nanny, either part, full or even occasional, given my solid career, background, dedication and stellar references. I have had terrible experiences with agencies here, and the last agency I went through blew me off, "losing" me in the pool of applicants. (How does an agency "lose" an applicant who meets all the requirements, exceeds the experience level with a fifteen year career and more experience than most of the college students and young professionals in town?) The second thing I think that because of my look (short, copper red hair, blue eyes and plus size but carries it well) and my background, parents are intimidated by me.
You know how someone enters a room and you instantly get a vibe? I believe I "scare" parents. I could be wrong.
Today I started my search for a weekend job to replace the one I lost. How do I explain to families why I was terminated (also for future jobs) and what I am looking for in a family? (I am seeking families who are fun, laid back, down to Earth, sarcastic (I have a sarcastic sense of humor) and those who desire a mature, educated, 40+ nanny with solid career in the field, strong work ethic, a commitment to the profession, their child/family, plus someone who can work as a team with M and DB.) I hope I don't sound too harsh when I say that I will only talk to those families looking for those qualities in a nanny, yet it gets tiresome to read a job description, know you meet the requirements, send your resume only to be blown off or passed over for a younger nanny half your age and 1/8 of your experience.
I am beginning to think that families here want younger nannies, and that I am not welcomed in the nanny community due to my age and background.
Sorry for the vent. I am upset and who in the hell knows if anyone will hire me?
PS: Anyone got any ideas why I was fired? I don't even know.