1. Upload photos. Families worry about the safety and happiness of their family, just as you do about yours. Naturally they want to get a good idea of what you are like, and the best way to show them you are a nice, genuine au pair, is to let them see photos of you and your life.
2. The majority of families search for au pairs who have at least one photo in their profile. If you have not uploaded a photo, these families will not see you in their searches. Generally, the more photos you upload, the more families will contact you.
3. Write as much as possible about yourself in your profile. Families use your profile to decide whether they are going to contact you. Therefore, the more you tell them about yourself, the more likely it is that a family will want to contact you.
4. Always write in the language of the country you want to go to. If you can write in more than one language, then do this. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes – families understand that most au pairs want to travel and to learn a language. They will not expect you to write perfectly!
5. Remember that a family usually wants an au pair because their life is busy, and they need help. Often they need someone to take care of the children when they are not there. Try to imagine what it is like for a mother and father choosing someone to take care of their children. They will be looking for someone who is responsible, caring, good with children and mature. This will help you to write a friendly and sincere profile that will convince families you will be the perfect au pair for them.
6. Remember to state all advantages you can offer. For example if you have worked with children before, tell the family the ages of the children you have cared for and the activities that you did with the children. A good idea is also to list other responsibilities you had whilst taking care of the children.
7. Many families are looking for an au pair who can help with housework or with cooking. If you have experience, tell the family about it.
8. To get ideas for your own profile, try looking at our Example Au Pair Profile.
9. References: As families are inviting you to become part of their own family, some may feel more comfortable with an au pair or nanny who can provide references. If you specify that you can provide references, this can help. References can be from previous employers, or from trusted members of your community such as religious leaders, judges, members of professional associations such as accountants and lawyers, etc.
10. Finally, be honest in your profile. If a family gets the impression that you are honest in your profile, they are more likely to trust you with their children. And this means you are more likely to be chosen!