How to Post an ISO "In Search of Ad" to Garner a Great Nanny Candidate

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In this section: 

Posting basics

Job boards

Basics of posting your ISO ad on PSP

An example post

 

If you take the route of posting an ISO to Park Slope Parents (or another group), people will come to you. You know the days and hours you need a nanny and what you’ll be expecting them to do so it’s time to write the job description to post to Park Slope Parents. It doesn’t have to be sassy or intriguing. This is not your online dating profile. This is how you make your needs known. The key is to write your ad in a way that garners you the best candidates to fit your needs. Be specific on exactly what you want, the more detailed the better, including:

 

Make it clear, short, and honest. Be sure to include at least these basic specifications:

The Basics:

    What is the start date?
    What are the days?
    What are the exact hours? (Especially important for part-time hours)
    Do you need flexibility? (Someone who can stay late and/or come early, do overnights and/or weekends? Live in?)
    What experience/expertise is required (e.g., cooking, twins, special needs, language, help with homework, driver’s license)?
    Do you need someone who lives nearby?
    Are you paying on the books?
    Do you want her to have first aid or CPR training? (Or use it as a perk to the job. HERE is a list of CPR classes)
    Age of your child(ren)
    A brief description of any family, lifestyle, or philosophy that is relevant (are you into attachment parenting? Are you vegetarian? Keep kosher? Are you a same-sex couple?)
    What kind of on the job duties are you expecting you nanny to perform?
    Request that ONLY references/employers contact you (this probably won't work, but it will help you weed through people who can't follow directions)
    Post an email address, NOT a phone number
    Request that recommenders provide you with their Nanny's full name (and other surnames or nicknames), address, and email.

 

On job boards:

On using Job Boards:

"Tip-- do NOT put an ad. Filter canditdates yourself. It will save time from hearing from random people who haven't even read your posting. All of this said, our first time using it out of town will be this weekend. Kind of nervous. We have had a good experience using it here though."

"I'd recommend looking through the sitters yourself and then contacting them, rather than posting a job, that way you can look at their reviews and credentials."

 

PSP posting basics:

- You need to be a member. Click HERE to join.

- Send message to:

- It may take 24-36 hours, longer at weekends. We have a dedicated moderator for nanny posts.

- Nannies are not supposed to be contacting you. If at any point through out a search process you encounter misrepresentation or a nanny contacting you firsthand, please alert the PSP community management team at

- And at any point in your search process via the PSP message boards, please contact if you encounter anything funky.

  

Example Post:

SUBJECT: ISO PT Nanny starting September 2015

We need a Part Time (2.5 days a week) nanny for our twin daughters (turning one at start date). The start date is after Labor Day.

Days are Tuesday and Thursday from 8am-5pm, plus Friday morning, 8am-12pm). We are willing to make Friday a full day in exchange for some cleaning. Center Slope location.

The ideal candidate will be

    warm and loving
    5+ years’ experience
    proactive and engaging
    reliable and open-minded
    willing to wear our daughter in a carrier
    have excellent references (2 references required)

We are looking for someone who will get down and play and laugh with our daughters, slide down the slide with her, and is also okay with a two cats (though no cat care required).

Twins experience a plus, as well as experience with cloth diapers and or potty training. Being open to all of those is necessary.

 Recommenders/employers only

 

Voice of experience: "As a new mother of twins trying to get back to work, just dealing with the sheer volume of people responding to my posting was overwhelming… A few women were very aggressive and called and emailed multiple times. Again, I totally get their need to work, but it was just too much for me at a very stressful time. If I'm ever in this position again (and I hope that I'm not) I would definitely be more specific in my wording and not post my phone number."

 

Related Reading:

Are you wanting to post an ISO for a family to join your Nanny Share? Read the specific PSP requirements here.

 

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