Getting hired as a nanny is one thing, but growing as a nanny and finding your community is the next step. Kellie Geres has over 24 years of experience as a nanny and household employee and was the 1997 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year, but her path into the field was an unlikely one.
Talking with Kellie was a great way to remind myself about the many nannies who never expected that they would come into such a rewarding career. Once you’re here how do you stay connected? How do you feel like you’re growing? Kellie unveils the secrets of her own success and discusses the need for nannies to prioritize finding their community and, in some cases, to make their own community. If you can’t listen to everything, skip ahead using our time-stamp guide below. There are a lot of great tips from a helpful mentor.
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Kellie on how she became a nanny
02:40 – Kellie’s story
07:00 – How did you find your first job?
09:10 – “I never met the first family that I worked for in person [during the hiring process]. It was all a series of phone calls.”
10:10 – What were some of the challenges you faced in integrating into your first family?
Kellie on the nanny professional community
14:01 – Kellie on connecting with other nannies: “You have to be proactive. You can’t wait for them to find you.”
15:01 – More on nanny groups: “If you can’t find it, take it upon yourself to create it.”
19:00 – Kellie on nanny conferences: “There is so much new information out there. You cannot possibly know it all.”
20:30 – At the DEMA conference, “The one resounding comment that all the new people would say is that ‘It is so nice and so refreshing to be able to walk into a room full of people and not have to explain what you do for a living. I never knew that there was an association like this out there.’”
On being a nanny and getting paid
23:15 – What are the qualities that distinguish a quality nanny?
24:00 — “This is not something I’m going to do until the next big thing comes along… This is truly a profession, and how we present ourselves is going to be how we are viewed.”
25:30 – “You can’t just decide that you are going to be a nanny. There is a level of work that you need to do to get into this industry.”
27:48 — “Nannies are not independent contractors. You cannot be a 10-99 and be a nanny. You are a W-2, and don’t let any employer tell you any differently.”
30:30 – Kellie on the INA Salary & Benefits Survey
31:20 — How do you prep for a job interview?
34:20 – Kellie on social media
35:29 – What are the toughest questions you’re likely to get in an interview?
35:59 – “’I love working with kids’ is not going to cut it. Why? What is it about this passion that guides you?”
How did you find your first job? Have you ever been to any of the nanny conference? What follow-up questions do you want us to ask Kellie?
Kellie served on the International Nanny Association (INA) board of directors for over 10 years in numerous positions, and in 1997, she was named INA Nanny of the Year. Kellie is the current president of the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA) DC Chapter. She is also past president of Association of DC Area Nannies (ADCAN), the longest running nanny support group in the country. Kellie maintains several industry related blogs including www.nannygroups.com, www.AllThingsNanny.com, www.NNRW.org and is part of the Development Team of Regarding Nannies, and a trusted advisor to sittercycle.com. She is also the founder of NannyTrainings.com and owner and moderator of Nanny Island. With her 20+ years as a nanny / household manager, Kellie has spent the past 16 years working exclusively with divorced parents, and she has successfully transitioned to being a household manager / personal assistant to a busy family with two teenagers and a dog named Riley in the Washington, DC area.