Babysitting is usually the first job of any individual. As a teenager, the best way to make some cash is to offer babysitting services to relatives or neighbors. It is a work of great responsibility and gives a great feeling of being “adult” at the end of the day.
However, most of us do not consider that providing babysitting information under the experience section on our resume may eventually become a problem. How does one make babysitting sound good on a resume? After all, it is just a part time job that we all do and really has no significance on a resume.
Relate Babysitting Experience
A babysitting job is significant. How, you ask? Babysitting teaches about compassion, caregiving, communication, organization, management and customer service. If you pursue a job in a similar (or nearly similar) capacity, you can customize the babysitting experience accordingly. There are a number of tasks that you may have done in a babysitting role that you either do not remember now or did not attribute much significance to at that time. Look back. What did you achieve as a babysitter? How can you put that in your resume?
Use Alternate Job Titles
The term “babysitter” sounds casual so the first thing that you may need to do is to change the term. Writing “Child Caregiver” or “Parents Helper” as opposed to babysitter adds more credence to the job. Where mention of babysitting may not interest a prospective employer too much, child caregiver is sure pique his interest. So now that you have decided which head to use, it is time to move on to more important things – job duties. Again, you need to look back and see what your duties were. Did you merely play tag with your ward? Well, you can leave this information out and move on to more important things that you did, like supervising children during play time and handling their nutrition needs, communicating with parents, managing time, organization and alike.
As a babysitter, you must have helped children with their homework. It is a mean feat assisting with homework so mention how you handled this part. If you have worked with autistic children, you must mention the lengths you went to, to help them integrate into society and lead a normal life. Babysitting is something only the very responsible can do and if you have babysat for a few years, we take it that many sets of parents trusted you with their children. In your resume, it is this trust, experience and associated skills that you need to highlight so that your babysitting experience is not just read and forgotten about.
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