In the past, writing a resume objective was the standard practice for a nanny looking to produce a professional resume. Whether you have vast experience as a nanny or you’re new to the career, you can use the objective statement to introduce yourself in a no-nonsense, concise way. However, current trends in the job market prove that the traditional objective statement has fallen to the wayside as many recruiters are more interested in reading a prospective employee’s summary statement.
How You Used to Write a Nanny Resume Objective
In the past, writing a resume objective gave employers insight into your desire to assist families through focused child development and quality care. Your purpose was to present yourself as focused and goal-oriented, two important traits. However, writing a resume objective statement inadvertently emphasized what you were hoping to get from a job rather than what you had to offer.
Generally, objective statements read similar to the following: “To obtain employment with a family that needs consistent, quality care for young children ranging in age from infancy to 12 years old.”
Or, perhaps they were phrased to focus on the nanny’s potential service: “To provide quality care, comfort and early education to children within the home and gain employment that allows me to apply my skills as a trained nanny.”
While these are noble objective statements, many hiring managers feel they already understand your objective in submitting a resume, which is to gain employment with a family and begin caring for their children. Writing a resume objective generally states what is already understood and takes up resume space that could be used more efficiently.
How to Write a Nanny Resume Summary Statement
While writing a resume objective is out of vogue in current trends, the summary statement has stepped up to fill the transitional space on a resume that the objective statement once covered. Where the objective statement told the potential employer in straightforward terms why you were applying for the job, the summary statement gives you a chance to highlight your most developed childcare skills and attributes to communicate what you bring to the table in terms of personality and service. Summary statements, in a few short phrases, give the potential employer a quick look at the job applicant and create a strong first impression.
A summary statement might read similar to one of the following:
In-home childcare expert with experience and training in early childhood education and childcare best practices.
Highly trained and energetic nanny focused on providing high-quality, in-home childcare to children from infancy to pre-adolescence.
Loving, gentle childcare expert with extensive experience and training as a nanny. Skilled in early childhood development practices and education. Bilingual.
As you can see, unlike the objective statement that points out what you would like to gain from employment, the summary statement focuses on what you have to offer children and their family.
In a constantly evolving job market, it is important to stay updated with current trends. The switch from a traditional objective statement to the more efficient and effective summary statement is just one way to make sure your resume meets the expectations of today’s employers.
Whether you are a new nanny writing a resume to land your first job or a seasoned nanny updating your resume to include recent training or experience, LiveCareer offers helpful tips and ideas to ensure that you’ll stand out among other applicants.