You Might Date Online—Why Not Find a Nanny Online, Too? Crazy stories about Craig's List aside, more and more people are connecting with each other in meaningful ways through online venues such as dating sites, Facebook community boards, and other social media networks. These days, busy parents are also turning to the internet to find a vital player in their family life: nannies, babysitters, and caregivers. Online nanny agencies can link families with a wide array of domestic workers in search of assignments. Sophisticated search algorithms can select solid matches between families and workers, and take away the random and tedious nature of trolling through ads or hoping to find the right person through that elusive “word of mouth” method. If you are looking for a full or part-time nanny, babysitter, or caregiver, and choose to use an online agency, you will normally be asked to fill out an initial online form. The agency will then get in touch with you about its services and its prices. If you choose to proceed with the agency, you will most likely be asked to fill out an extensive profile, which indicates what type of person you are looking for, some basic information about your family and lifestyle, and what conditions of work you are offering. Your personally identifying information should be kept secure until you have chosen a candidate whom you would like to interview. After that, it is usually left to your discretion how much information you reveal in the interview. Just as in a first date, be somewhat discreet at your first interview with a candidate. While you want to give her an idea of what your family is like and what you are looking for, your time is better spent getting to know her. Don't be afraid to ask probing questions. If you like her answers, you can always ask her back for a second interview and be more forthcoming about your family. If not, then you've saved your family and her a lot of potential heartache and hassle. Be sure to let her know that you or the agency will be doing a full background check and will always reserve the right to administer random drug tests. If this is problematic for the candidate, then it's best to find out right away, so neither of you waste your time with each other. A good online agency should be reputable, fairly prices, and have no serious complaints lodged against it or any serious scandal associated with it. The agency should be up-front about its pricing, its policies, and what to do in case of any difficulties or if you are dissatisfied with its service. You can save a great deal of money using an online agency as opposed to a “bricks and mortar” company, although you will most likely be doing more of the legwork yourself. On the other hand, no one else can go on a date for you. So why would you want someone else to choose a professional family member for you, either? If you would like to start or continue your search for the perfect nanny for your children, please visit www.NannyAvailable.com.
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