It can be a headache scrolling through countless pages of Craigslist job listings to find that one job that you just hope you will land. Not to mention, being that people post unrelated and irrelevant job postings in the wrong sections, it makes the task of finding a job even more painstaking.
That is why I was very relieved to have found Care.com. This website pinpointed what I was looking for and reduced it to housekeeping and child care. The beauty of it all is that if I don’t want to take care of kids, I can either deactivate my child care profile or remove it completely.
Once I created my housekeeping profile, complete with picture, expectations and credentials, I thought that it would be a great idea to have a back ground check completed for a small fee. This is optional but it does better your chances of landing a caregiver gig. The background check is good for a year.
I have changed my zip code to the current city, several times. This makes it much easier for you to find what you are looking for. It will even tell you the approximate distance for each inquiry. This works the same for those who are seeking care or housekeeping.
You may choose to give them access to your references and/or background check. Overall, Care.com is a great place for caregivers and those seeking care for their home, children, pets, elderly and special needs relatives.
Care.com has sketchy people who can leave a bad and false review of you, as well. This happened with a lady who was interested in my cleaning services. I explained that I didn’t feel right about meeting her and she literally cussed me out on the phone. Then she went back on Care.com and left me a negative review under my childcare profile. My attempt to remove it didn’t work and I haven’t tried it again.
Recommendations for those looking for care gigs:
- First you want to complete your profile, to include a picture, references and a finished biography. Parents will want to see what you look like before they decide to bring you in their home and around their precious baby.
- Run a background check. Although it is not required, it is good to have.
- Create profiles for all of the care gigs that you are interested in. There are several.
- Be strategic in your price quotes. There is a way to see what the going rate for any of the care positions that you apply for in your specific area. You don’t want to over price or cut yourself short.
- Apply for jobs that you feel comfortable with and to those you will be able to meet your client’s expectations.
Recommendations for those seeking a caregiver:
- Definitely complete your profile. As a rule, I don’t care to apply to jobs that have an incomplete profile. I love to see pictures and know exactly what I am getting into before I even waste time with an interview.
- Be specific of your needs and expectations so that you are not wasting yours or anybody elses time.
- Request to check backgrounds of those who are interested in working for you. This world is a creepy place full of creepy people. I cannot imagine what some people subject their home and family to. I have heard some horror stories, that is for sure.
- Check references.
Care.com is a great resource with legitimate caregiver opportunities. Look for yourself and see whether it is the right place for you! If not there is always Craigslist.