An Open Letter to All Job Applicants

Dear Job Applicant,

I read nanny resumes for a living. It’s fair to say that when it comes to applying for a nanny job, I know what I’m talking about, because I know what employers are looking for. It’s all about first impressions and you might be surprised to find out that you only get about 10 seconds. Because that’s about how long it takes to skim a cover letter and a resume. I’ve been a recruiter for almost 5 years and I’ve seen thousands of resumes, and it never ceases to amaze me what some people think is adequate to submit as a job application. So, here are my Top 2 Tips for making that first impressions.

  1. Introduce yourself! Yes, a cover letter. Not a cover essay people, I don’t have time to read about your entire life. Keep it brief, cut straight to the point and be sure to include the important details like why are you applying for this job specifically? What makes you stand out? Your greeting should catch my eye. What should you definitely NOT do? You should not be using the same cover letter for every job you apply to. We recruiters can spot a generalized, non-specific cover letter in 2.5 seconds and guess what that first impression says about you? Lazy. Cuts corners. No attention to detail.
  2. Review your resume before you submit it. What? What is this nonsense talk?! Of course you should be curtailing your resume to be specific for the job you’re applying to. You don’t know how many people apply for a nanny job with ZERO childcare experience listed on their resume and yet they claim to have 10 years of experience. And guess what? If you don’t have it listed on your resume or don’t have a ton of experience then you should be clarifying that in your cover letter. Simple right? Oh and don’t get me started on the amount of blank resumes I get with just a name and maybe 1 random job on it.

See that’s not too much to ask is it? Most of you reading this are probably thinking “well duh!” but I promise you would be SHOCKED at what we recruiters sift through. Oh, and to what I like to call the “golden goose”, the applicant with the gorgeous up to date resume and cover letter addressed to me…I see you. You rock my world.


Every Recruiter Ever.


Written by: Kelly Trozzo
Originally from Arizona, Kelly graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Human Development. Coming from a childcare background and transitioning into recruiting, Kelly is the seasoned recruiter for Calgary Nannies on Call! Kelly is passionate about cooking; she will talk your ear off about food and the definition of a “great meal”. Kelly is due to have her first baby in September 2017, she is currently going to great lengths to remain cool and comfortable during the summer.

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