Age Discrimination in Hiring Nannies?
If you are younger than 20 years of age, prospective employer-families may think you lack sufficient experience to be able to handle the job well. To combat that perception, make sure that your resume details all your childcare experience, including all your babysitting jobs and your experience caring for your younger siblings. In an interview, highlight some of the challenges you have successfully handled (i.e., a medical emergency that you handled well).
If you are older than 60 years of age, prospective employer-families may think you no longer have the energy to keep up with young children or the ability to relate well to young children. To combat those perceptions, make sure that your resume details your active involvement in youth and their activities and interests (for example, do you accompany your grandson’s class field trip to the zoo each spring?). In an interview, present in an energetic, up-beat manner and speak about your knowledge of subjects of interest to the youth of today.
Prospective employer-families may make assumptions based on age, but you can counter those assumptions with facts. Make sure you let prospective employer-families know your strengths.