According to Dictionary.com, “babysit” is a verb that refers to taking charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away. However, we know that babysitting is far more complicated than that! Finding a good place to babysit is another complex venture.
Lucky for you, here are some tips that may come in handy:
1. Ask for Referrals
One of the most efficient ways to book a babysitting job is through the word of mouth. Personally, I lost count at how many new projects I received due to referrals. Not only do referrals give you a realistic preview of the job but they also give you a headstart as your friend or family paint a beautiful worker profile for you.
Another tip is to ask your previous employers to refer you to their friends or family who need your babysitting expertise.
2. Get Online Referrals
The next best thing after face-to-face referrals are online referrals. A website that prides itself as having honest, authentic, and social local reviews or advices is WhoDoYou. Its social aspect comes in as it integrates a social media platform to help expand the website’s network between friends and neighbors.
Here is an example of the Babysitter referrals within 15 miles of Melbourne, Victoria.
3. Join a Website for Babysitting
What better way to start your “carer” journey than by joining Australia’s largest babysitter website?
FindABabysitter.com.au is the most affordable and quick way to connect to parents that need your help. Its values are namely: “respect, honesty, integrity, transparency, innovation, excellence, reliability, and responsiveness.”
The thing I like most about this website is its neat, simplistic, and engaging format that allows both users and parents to create profiles for free. Upon creating your profile, you will be able to set your own availability, rate of pay, child’s age preference, and more. This allows you to supplement your income and to find a good match (e.g., a home that allows you to babysit a 2-year old kid in the mornings). Check this link to view a sample of job details.
4. Search Jobs at Credible Job Search Engines
If your luck on #3 has yet to blossom, consider expanding your network by researching babysitting jobs on renowned job search engines such as SEEK and Jobsearch.
SEEK is one of Australia’s comprehensive job website, which grants its users access to jobs across the land. What separates it from other job sites is that it allows you to take control of your privacy. The users are able to select from 3 privacy settings and stay in control of who sees their profiles. It also alerts them about the latest job opportunities in the market.
Jobsearch, on the other hand, is a government funded database for candidates and employers. You can easily look for a babysitting job by typing in the keywords and refining your search by location and industry. A recent example of a babysitting job posted is this.
5. Advertise Yourself
To increase your chances of getting your dream job, you can advertise yourself in the physical and virtual world. Start by making eye-catching flyers or business cards and handing them out at the nearby school, park, or neighborhood. Highlight your strengths and past experiences to prove that you are suitable to meet their babysitting needs.
Alternatively, you can post a free ad at Gumtree. Virtually specifying your babysitting service can help you filter out the offers that you do not want as well as the offers that seem sketchy.
All the best on your quest! 🙂