New Year, new career: Things to consider when applying for private household work


The New Year presents an opportunity to branch out into unchartered territory or simply advance your skillset in the field of private housekeeping. Whether a seasoned household staff member or beginning your career in domestic service, getting that all-important first impression right is crucial when approaching a new position. Follow our simple guide to applying for jobs in 2016.

Finding household vacancies

There are several methods for finding employment as a domestic professional. Responding to classifieds is a tried and tested method, but in today’s job market the need to ensure potential employers receive your interest in a timely manner has moved the application process online. With specialist household recruitment services offering full domestic position details through their website, this approach is a must for applicants. If your previous job was secured this way, then chances are that the agency will be more than happy to recommend you for future vacancies. Whether you’re a qualified Estate Manager, Chef or Nanny, the network effect is hugely influential in this area of employment.

Applying for domestic positions

No matter how qualified a candidate is, if they don’t apply themselves to their application then chances are another candidate who has followed every formality will get noticed in the early stages ahead of them. To avoid being eliminated in the first round, make sure that you tick every box as instructed, then move on to explain how your skillset matches every requirement in the job description. Once your application and resume are complete, ensure that any conceivable documents or background information are easy to pass on, should it be required by the agency. Household employers often need to fill a position at short notice and simply don’t have the time to wait for delayed paperwork, which could result in a less qualified applicant being hired in the meantime.

As a general rule the following resources are essential in almost every private domestic application process:

  • Current (up-to-date) CV
  • Identification documents and sometimes a recent photograph
  • Recommendations and a reference list (see below)
  • Record of your previous addresses
  • Brief explanation of your background – this is especially important for agencies in the screening process and candidates must be honest, offering details on any driving, credit history, civil litigation incidences and criminal behaviour that could affect their ability to carry out the duties expected.

Receiving Recommendations

Finally, potential employers will want to see third-party validation of your experience and performance in similar positions. It should be standard to obtain a letter of recommendation whenever you leave a household and having a few recommendations from different previous employees can greatly support your application in the present. Likewise, your reference list should include contact details for past employers should the agency wish to contact them for verification. It is essential to first check that the contacts listed are happy to act as a referee on your behalf and provide details when asked.

Remember there are several candidates applying for any one domestic job and in an area so focused on correct and proper attention to detail, the best way to stand out from a pile of applications is to first ensure that yours follows these guidelines to the letter. After that, you can embellish your application with the unique attributes, skills and experience you can bring to the position to benefit future households.

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Working with an agency to find household staff

Finding an appropriate member of staff to work in your household will be of upmost importance, as not only will they be an employee of yours, but they will also be working in your home. Whether you would like to fill a position that has just been vacated or are recruiting for a new role, a household staff agency in London can ensure that the right person is hired for your home.

If you would like assistance with recruiting a new employee, the first thing to do is to get in touch with a household agency who will be able to guide you through the next steps.  Whether you are seeking a nanny, chef, housekeeper, gardener, butler or governor, it will help to have a general idea of the specifications of the role and a figure that you are will pay to the potential employee.

Confirming the specifications and reaching out to potential candidates

From here, the recruitment agency will then be able to put together a detailed job description, which they can then advertise in the appropriate places. From adverts on their own websites to getting in touch with potential contacts who are looking for new positions, they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge, which will help reach suitable, reliable and trustworthy candidates.

Once those that match the requirements are found, it is likely that the recruitment agency will be in touch to discuss the shortlist with you and to arrange interviews. When using a trusted agency, their assessments will be honest and should give you a ‘warts and all’ profile to help you pick the appropriate person for the role you are looking to fill.

Following the interviews, a household agency will help you to inform the successful candidate, and should support you during the hiring process. Then, upon completion, you and your new employee can look forward to a fulfilling and lasting placement.

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Why your child will benefit from having a nanny

Parents that are unable to be at home to care for their children due to work or other commitments, will no doubt want the next best thing to themselves, which can be achieved using an experienced nanny agency in London. Not only will adults experience a number of advantages when hiring a nanny, but children will also reap the benefits, which are detailed below.

One-on-one care

In contrast to day care such as playgroups, your child will receive one-to-one attention, which can help with aspects such as learning. There are also other benefits to this, as your child will be kept under closer supervision and will be less likely to pick up illnesses as they’ll be exposed to fewer germs.

Less disruption

By choosing to employ a nanny, your child will remain in familiar surroundings, and can get to know the nanny on a personal level. Also, if you’re going to be late returning, a nanny will already be in your home, which means that your child won’t have to be disrupted and can be put to bed as part of their normal routine.

Milestone assistance

If you have a young child, a nanny can help encourage milestones such as walking, talking and potty training, which may not be priority for those working at a day care centre. This way, you’ll also be able to find out when these first milestones occur, which may be bypassed by those working in a hectic playgroup.

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