I have worked as a nanny all over the East Coast and am 34 years old. My desire is to work in New York City, but I am having a hard time landing a job. I have interviewed with working parents and a stay at home mother and even one family where neither parent works at all. I arrive on time, have stellar references and dress sharply. I thought the things I lacked would prevent me from getting a good job, for example I speak only English and don't play any musical instrument. What I feel I am finding is that I may be intimidating to the families I meet? I have a degree in sociology, am well spoken, attractive and exceptionally knowledge about caring for all ages of children. After nine eight interviews, I received not a single call back. I clearly spelled out my expectations as well as availed myself for a (paid) trial period of between one day to two weeks. I have been told I have a great fashion sense, but realized I might need to dress more plainly. I have selected for my interview on Tuesday; a blue cashmere sweater, white scarf, denim jeans and espadrille flats and silver bracelet and earrings, hair in french braid and light make up. I desperately want to land a position in New York as I left my last position in DC and am living off savings until I do. I would appreciate any guidance you can offer. I am working with several agencies, they have suggested I am a top tier candidate and should have no problem landing my desired position.
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