I took the suggestion of Strawberry and registered with Care.com (thanks!).
Holy Crap. In less than 48 hours I have received over 85 applicants. My email box runneth over.
Some are very qualified. Some have actually read the ad. Some have clearly NOT read the ad.
Those amuse me so much I’d like to share them:
i am iintrested in this job. I have experience . i am a 17 year old.i’ll be very glad if you chose me to take care of your dog. I speek Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, French.Please call me as soon as posibble at xxx-xxx-xxxx, I need i job urgently and would be very happy if you chose me.
Now, I wonder….does the dog need to hear that many languages??
Or, the one that simply says:
Thanks, I’m not. I need a little bit more from you….
Or how about the young Czech girl who wants the job because she doesn’t really speak English and she need to learn so she can get a real job and she loves kids and she’s trying to make a baby with her boyfriend right now! Um, no thanks.
Or the nannies who are looking for full time positions. Or live-in positions. Or address me as: Sir/Madame. Or who assure me they can understand English but need a translator to be present if they are required to speak. Or they speak in such broken English in the email that I really don’t want my kids learning to speak this way. Or the ones who say they can help them with their homework.
And lastly….”Hey Chicken, do you think she read the ad?” “Is she in a burka?” “Yeah.” “Hmmm, no I don’t think she’d be the right fit for our family.”
The interview with the older nanny was a waste. She is a former baby nurse and while I’m sure she’s great with infants, she had a zero sense of urgency in keeping her eye on both boys when we took them outside. I told her that I was going to stand to the side and let her do her thing because I wanted to see what she’s got. She got a lot of lazy, that’s what she got. Next!
So, now, I’m weeding out the oldies. I need more hustle than experience at this age. I need someone young enough to fit in with our quirky family and be ready to jump. Someone who can take direction (cuz I have my own ideas…) and GO.
Surprisingly, 3 lesbians have answered my ad….one looks very qualified.
Hmmmm…..a young, lesbian nanny. Didn’t even think of that.
The search continues.
What should I give my nanny as a parting gift?? Any ideas??