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Top 5 Reasons to Use a “Live” Agency…From a Nanny’s Point of View

If you are a nanny looking for a new charge or as a family looking to hire a nanny in Durham, Cary or Wake Forest, what could very well be the most important part of the search process is decided up front: whether to use an online service, use word of mouth, or a “live” nanny agency (meaning an agency that conducts the process in person). If you are looking for a nanny or babysitter in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, you have a great option; using The Nanny Boutique! As a nanny who has used many different methods to find a position, I have been the most satisfied with my placement through The Nanny Boutique, and the family in Morrisville I work for was extremely satisfied with the process as well. There are quite a few reasons that using a live agency is the best method for finding a job or a nanny, but here are my 5 favorite reasons.

1. Serious employers and career nannies are most likely to be found at an agency, not online.
As a nanny, I knew that the family I was placed with had a serious investment in finding a nanny. This helped to understand the family was serious about keeping a nanny long term, which helps foster a great relationship between the employee and the employer. As a family, you can rest assured that The Nanny Boutique only accepts the best nannies in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas and that each nanny has put extra time and effort into their application and screening process before she was accepted into the agency.

2. The screening process is done for you by a real person with a strong investment in your family or career.
When you invest into an agency to handle the screening and interview process for your family, you can be assured that they have prescreened candidates to enter their pool, and then screened again to find the right candidate for your family. The only candidates they will send are the best in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The candidates match your needs and values for your family. For nannies, we can know that the families we will be interviewing have a serious commitment to hiring a nanny, and know we are not wasting time interviewing with families that don’t know exactly what they want, need or may not be aware of their obligations as a household employer in Cary or Wake Forest.

3. Finding the right family or nanny at the right time is made much easier by having a third party assist with matchmaking through process.
I tell everyone who asks it was good ole fashioned matchmaking and a little fate. The agency did their job and listened to my needs. I was transitioning out of one charge and within the week was set up with a great family in the Morrisville to proceed and interview with. I was hired by the first family I met with because Rita set me up with the right family to fit my needs and ensured that I was the right nanny to meet their needs. I have used online services before and it often took 10-20 phone interviews to find the right fit. Many of the families that I work with had the same experience, and I can’t imagine going back to that method now that I have worked with a reputable agency.

4. Agencies find all of those great word of mouth nannies and screen them and match them to meet your family’s needs.
Many people will tell you that the best way to find a nanny is through word of mouth. But what happens if you don’t have any resources in Cary or Apex that can recommend a nanny? What if you meet a nanny or two and none meet your needs? Agencies find many of their candidates through word of mouth, reputation, grass roots networking, professional organizations and referrals. This is something the average family may think is possible but often become frustrated. Do yourself the favor and leave it to the experts.

5. Agencies may send candidates your way, but great agencies continue past the interview and assist with your work agreement.
Having an advocate for you in the interviewing process is great. However, the process after the interview is really where reputable agency shines. Working out a contract that is legally binding and thorough is extremely difficult and time consuming without help. One of the best attributes about The Nanny Boutique, they give families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary the assistance needed with finding the right candidate. Furthermore, go farther than any other agency in the area by assisting with negotiations of the work agreement. This means that you will find a nanny who is the best of the best and what she does, a great fit for your family and you will be provided all of the assistance and consulting needed to be certain both parties are satisfied with the work agreement and have a legally binding contract to keep everyone on the same page for the duration of the employment.

The Nanny Boutique is a nanny and babysitting agency that specializes in placing professionally screened caregivers or babysitters and nannies in the Apex, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill areas.

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