It is recommended for nannies to undergo a national background check on themselves if they want to be taken seriously by the family. This simple process lets the family know that the nanny understands the importance of having a clear record when working with children and shows a sense of preparedness. Think of it this way – in most occasions, it is a $50-$100 investment that will benefit you and help you in your profession. Most families will want to run a social security search, a National Criminal Database search, in-house county criminal searches in the main cities you’ve lived in for the past 7 years, a sex offender search and a Department of Motor Vehicles search. If you already have this done, the family will be very impressed. It is the same with CPR/First Aid certification. When you have these things, the family sees you as a professional, cautious nanny ready to start work. It is also a fact that over 80% of nannies who already have a background check and CPR and First Aid will be contacted more-so than a nanny without these qualifications. Some nannies may wait for the family to hire them and then let the family pay for the checks, but in a competitive nanny job market, you are taking your chances by assuming that a family will disregard a lack of these basic qualifications. Make sure you also have a resume (if you don’t have one it’s a good idea to make one), at least 3 excellent references and 2 personal references and a copy of your driver’s license and social security card. Present this to the family in a folder or binder with your background check and CPR/First Aid card, and you will impress the family.

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