Nanny Hunting

Tuesday we received the terrible news that our current nanny will be leaving us in two weeks. While I’m very sad that someone who’s been a part of our family life for nearly two years will be leaving, never to return, I’m also a little frustrated at the very little time I have to find someone else to take on such a huge role. I understand that two weeks is standard notification time for leaving a job, but it just doesn’t seem right in this situation. We had no indication that she was even looking for something that was more full time. As far as we knew she was planning to stay through the arrival of number two.

As an employer, I understand. As a mom, I do not.

Nanny searching feels like the bane of my existence. As soon as I got home from the grocery store Tuesday, I logged into my long since forgotten Care.com account and posted a job listing. Today, just shy of 48 hours later, I have 17 applicants. It’s hard to wade through so many profiles. I have a deep respect for anyone who has to hire people on a regular basis. Going back through my other nanny job listings, it looks like our first was open for about three weeks with 14 applicants, and our second was open the same length of time with 28 applicants.

In my two previous nanny searches we were lucky enough to find great fits with the very first person we interviewed in person. I guess that makes me a good judge of resume skills. I’m hoping it’s the same for this third time around, but I’m not holding my breath.

The applicants have been pretty varied this time, but I think a lot of them are college students looking for a summer job. I love that they’re in school, but now that Coco has school of her own in the fall, our schedule isn’t quite as flexible as it used to be. (Application #18 just zinged in.)

And then, of course, you have those who mention nothing about themselves aside from the fact that they love kids; those who have a blatant disregard for spelling and grammar; and those who are 18 with 10 years of experience. I’m in no way suggesting these people are incapable of taking care of my child, and in fact, they may be the best nannies out there. I’m just saying these aren’t the applicants that I personally look for.

Who knows. Maybe I’ll run into Nanny McPhee or Mary Poppins, or as a friend suggested, Mrs. Doubtfire and our nanny woes will be over.

OH! Of course I forgot to mention I did agree to meet/interview one of the applicants already. That will hopefully be set up for Tuesday-ish of next week. I’ll be sure to let everyone know the results.

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