A lot of people are now looking for jobs in nurseries. This sudden burst in nursery jobs was caused by the like burst in the number of nurseries due to governmental initiatives to improve childcare. As more people are now considering jobs in nurseries, how to get one has now become a frequently asked question. Here are some tips on how to apply for jobs in a nursery.
Applying to jobs in a nursery is a step-by-step process. In general, there are no strict qualifications to become a nursery worker. In short, anyone can work in a nursery. But as more people are now applying for the same jobs, childcare centers will naturally prefer qualified candidates. The qualifications that some childcare centers look for differ based on the job level you are applying for. Nursery nurses and officers may be expected to have a CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education, an NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education, and a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years. On the other hand, those who are applying for a nursery assistant post may have better chances with a certificate in Child Care and Education, an NVQ/SVQ Level 2, and a City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Early Years Care and Education. But if you are after a senior position, also known as the nursery manager post, you will need an advanced CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education, an NVQ/SVQ Level 4, or a CACHE Professional Development Award. Some nurseries may also require prior nursery work experience for nursery nurses, or even administrative experience for nursery assistants.
If you have these qualifications, the rest of the application process can be a breeze. You just have to be assertive and careful at the same time. Remember that child care and education is now a very active field. A lot of people have set their sights on the same job you are eyeing. To make sure that you, and not someone else, get the job, make sure that you dress yourself up to impress. Not literally, though. It all simply starts with your CV.
Before sending in an application as a response to a posting for a job in a nursery, prepare your CV or Curriculum Vitae. Some companies may not require CV’s, but preparing one is like going the extra mile. Some companies may also require it, so it pays to have it ready. In preparing your CV, there are five things you should remember. First, don’t send a CV without a cover letter. The cover letter should include an introduction of yourself. It is also your more direct and personal message to the employer why they should hire you.
When your cover letter is ready, back it up with a well-composed CV. A well-composed CV equates to being three things: clear, concise, correct. Be clear and specific about the information you write in your CV. This will help the companies get a better idea of your background. However, make sure to be concise. Don’t overload your CV with information that the readers will be put off. Finally, make sure all he information in your CV are correct. Don’t put in things that are untrue. This might ruin your chances entirely.
To write a CV effectively, also keep the job that you are applying for in mind. Look at the job description, then match yourself to the job by highlighting the traits, skills, and background you have that will help you do the job well. The fourth thing to remember in preparing a CV is that the physical look of your CV also matters. Make sure that your CV is neat, clean, and free from errors. Finally, make sure that you place your contact information in your CV, and in a part where it can be easily seen so employers don’t have to look for it.
Once you submit your CV, and it passes employer standards, expect to be called for an interview. The interview is not a test. It is a way for the employers to know you personally, and to gauge you in terms of your personality and confidence. The mere fact that you were called for an interview means that, technically, you are qualified for the job. You’re one step away from a rewarding and fulfilling job in a nursery.