14 May 2006

Opportunities Abound

So here’s a run down of my options – I don’t think I’m going to end up with one family this summer – I think I’m going to end up with at least four families filling out my time, and that’s okay as long as I fill in my days!

There’s the family who has twins on the way and an 18 month old (M, I’ll have to come up with something different for her, or just drop my other M and A from the list since I don’t see them very often anymore- in fact maybe that’s what I’ll do). I met them today, and I’m going to try to fit them in at some point – since they only want about 4-8 hours a week right, that shouldn’t be so hard. Plus in the fall, they’ll take the mornings that I would have had a hard time filling because they’re rather short (3-3.5 hours max) which is nice.

There’s the family who’s ad states 15-40 hrs/week at a very fair rate for two boys, ages 2 and 5. But, their mom hasn’t called me back, and the message she left yesterday sounded hurried and rushed like she didn’t even have time to leave me her phone number. Seems like a high stress family, which isn’t so cool to me – I want something that won’t be super stressful all summer long.

There’s the family in a pretty prestigious neighbourhood in the city where I go to school who have a 20 month old daughter and are looking for a part-time nanny and someone for occasional babysitting. I’m most excited to meet this family. Mom sounded great on the phone, and didn’t rush off even though she was heading to the bay area for oral surgery. She said she’d call me today and hasn’t yet, but she could be in bad shape from the surgery so it’s all good. She’ll call when she calls (I hope – I really want this position).

Oh but the best one of all – the mom with the triplet 5 year olds, 3 year old and 6 year old offered me $200/week for 56.25 hours. Do the math – or I’ll just tell you because I did the math. That amounts the $3.55/hr for five children including driving them all over the place. Did anyone inform this lady that gas costs what she is paying an hour? I haven’t earn $3.50 an hour since I was 12 – and had no experience!

Of course, there’s K and B one afternoon a week. We all know how I feel about those kids.

There’s also H and S for about 6 hours a week (two mornings) and X for about 3 hours on one of those days. H and S may live in a family that does things (like schooling) differently than I am used to but for the amount that their mother is paying me for the 6 hours, I can adjust. Plus, it’ll be good when I’m in a classroom with students whose parents don’t agree with my views of something. I’m almost tempted to cut out X – after all his mom is the reason that I’m on this job hunt, we’ll see what happens.

Depending upon what happens with the two families that I should have an interview with next week, I’m looking at K on Wed, the 18 month old Mon afternoons and Wed mornings, H, S and X on Fridays (plus H and S Monday mornings), and hopefully (cross your fingers for this one) the 20 month old Tues/Thurs (unless that mom wants more time, at which point she gets Mondays).

In my next post I’ll discuss the families who want me evenings and weekends only – this entry has become rather long. But, I’ll leave you with a question:

Would you share your references with someone who you’ve only sent one or two emails to, never talked on the phone nor met face-to-face? I think that it’s okay to say that I’d rather meet you first, but most of these families tried to get my references immediately upon first contact. What’s fair to those you are using as references? I don’t want to alienate anyone by having them receive a ton of calls from families that I don’t even know yet – what if it’s a really bad match?


Mary P. said...

I only give references at the first interview. I want people to make their primary decision based on what THEY think of me, not what someone else tells them. Besides, I want to know they're serious. It's also a waste of your references' time to have all these people, with only a casual interest in you just yet, calling them just to save themselves some effort.

What they're trying to do is save themselves some time: if your references aren't what they're looking for, they won't bother to interview you, but that's backwards, and it's an imposition on your references.

I think it's perfectly reasonable to say, "Out of respect for my clients' time, I don't give out their names as references until our interview. Otherwise, they get too many calls."

This shows your professionalism, you concern for your clients, current and past, and it also shows that you're in demand, and if they want to nab you, they'd better book that interview!

Shel said...

3.55 an hour is a NO GO!

Rebecca said...

I wait to give references until after I know ALL the details of the job, and if the family is seriously considering hiring me -- if they fly me out to meet them and it goes well I'll give them names and numbers, and SOMETIMES before they fly me out if I think it's a really good possibility and they REALLY want those references (I figure if they're THAT insistent then they have the right to check them out before they spend several hundred dollars flying me across the country to meet them). And yeah - $3.55 is laughable.

Rebecca said...

Too bad for that family - they should be able to look at things from your point of view, and see how irritating it is for your references to get constant phone calls from people who may not even be that interested. If they can't see that then they probably would have been very self-centered and selfish employers.