SitterCity.com is an excellent way for parents to find reliable, qualified and pre-screened babysitters, nannies, senior care and other types of care providers. The site has been around since 2001, making them one of the longest running providers in this niche.
Those who are looking to find a care providing position have certainly come to the right place. There are actually quite a few resources and helps for those interested in finding these types of jobs.
Creating a Profile:
The easiest part is creating your profile. It is highly recommended that you upload a photo. This will give parents a better feeling of who you are. Basic information is requested, including information about any kind of certification and additional training you may have (i.e. CPR, First Aid, licenses, insured/bonded, etc...). Having any of these will certainly make you stand out.
Of course, you may also search for jobs directly. This can be accomplished in a number of fashions. Search by keyword, zip code, distance, rate (per hour or week), job start date, certifications and training, number of kids, ages, educational level requested and even additional languages spoken.
You will also have the option of choosing to run background and screening checks on yourself. These will certainly help you get noticed (and hired). You can choose among a standard or enhanced background check and/or a MVA check. Your credit report will also be used.
Since this is not a traditional job board, recruiters could mean parents as well as care providing agencies. Job posts stay up indefinitely and you can contact potential providers (or possible future employees) directly with a membership.
The only real difference between the levels is the length of time and the price. For example, a one-month membership is just $35. However, a 3-month option is $70 and a full year is $140. If you think you will need to find several care providers over time, then the full year may be your best bet.
There are some additional features available. For starters, SitterCity.com provides their members with a number of ways to find advice and information. There are articles on the site which give tips and advice about how to successfully interview for a care provider type of job or opportunity. There is a job checklist for sitters, and those interested in other types of care as well. The site even provides free memberships for military families. There are sections which give advice for how to hire the right type of sitter, plus additional information aimed at parents and loved ones.
There is an online email form to contact the site directly. You may also reach customer support by a toll-free telephone number, or even using Twitter or Facebook. Honestly, though, the site itself is very helpful with numerous articles and tips as well as advice offered in many places.
SitterCity is a great place to find pre-screened and qualified sitters, nannies and numerous other types of care providers. The price of membership is reasonable. Job seekers should be warned that this is a very competitive market, with over 2 million profiles already registered, so do all you can to stand out from the pack.