Au Pair experience: Do you want to include your experience as an Au Pair in your resume?
This article will give you an overview of the best ways to show your future employers how the skills you acquired during your Au Pair stay will make you the ideal employee.
In addition to being an excellent work experience in the childcare field, the Au Pair program allows you to acquire many other skills that can be very interesting for future employers. That’s why it’s important to include your experience as an Au Pair in your resume and present it in the right way. In this article, we have put together 5 different tips that will help you do just that.
Get to know the purpose of your experience
Everyone has their own reasons for embarking on the Au Pair adventure: some people use it to improve their language skills, others to gain experience in childcare, others to figure out what they like to do in the future. Whatever your reason, you should identify your goals and include them in your resume. For example, if your goal was to learn more about the culture of your host country, mention it in your resume: being able to work in a multicultural environment is something many employers are looking for.
Try to be as specific as possible about the details of your experience: list your tasks and responsibilities as an Au Pair, indicate how many children you were taking care of and how old they are, also indicate the courses you took during your experience (language courses, first aid, etc.). The more specific you are, the more skills you have to demonstrate to your potential new employer.
List the skills you have acquired
After being specific about what you did, try to think in terms of the skills you gained through the Au Pair program: yes, you worked and gained a lot of experience in childcare, but even if that’s not what you want to do as a career, you can still include many other skills, such as your language skills, your problem-solving ability, your ability to work in a multicultural environment, your independence, reliability and flexibility, and also your social and personal skills.
Use the right words
Try to phrase what you want to say in a professional way, so that your employability skills stand out! In addition to the ones we mentioned in Section 3, using other words, such as “adapt”, “improve”, “make progress”, “organize”, “cooperate”, etc., when talking about working with your host children will make you sound more professional and ready for a new job.
LinkedIn? Why not!
Many employers search for their employees online, on platforms like LinkedIn or Xing, where you can post your work experience. Having a LinkedIn profile will be your cover letter, so make sure it’s up-to-date and the best it can be. Also, make sure you use the right keywords, as they will give you more exposure. Some relevant examples are words like: language skills, cultural skills, problem solving skills, good time management, decision making, cultural awareness, etc.
So what are you waiting for? Create the best resume you can and good luck in your job search!