Read here our tips and tricks on how to best respond to candidate families and child caregivers.
1. Read and evaluate the profile
Before sending someone a message, read their profile on AupairQuest.com thouroughly to prevent you from asking irrelevant questions. Check the profile and make sure that you are comfortable with the preferences of the potential client. Make sure that you meet their requirements with regard to age, gender, experience, location, and specific care requests.
2. Write your response in the language of your potential client
Your target group and your own language skills will determine which language will be best to use. On their profile, all members of AupairQuest.com can place information about which languages they speak. They can also place a personal note on their profile. You can use those features to decide on your choice of languages. We recommend you to use the English language to broaden your client base.
If a client posts a request in English, do you respond to that ad in English? Yes, if possible, you should always respond in the language of the request. Do you send a message to someone who placed a personal note on their profile in Spanish? Yes, in this case it makes sense to respond to their request in Spanish. Always keep in mind who your target group is, and respond in the language which suits them best.
3. Give your message an appropriate subject
You can choose to add a subject to your message. The subject is often the first thing the receiver will see, so adding a subject to your message gives you the opportunity to add something personal to the message you are about to send. An original subject will get the attention of the receiver. Therefore, take your time and pay special attention to formulating a noticeable and suitable subject.
4. Be yourself
Always be yourself when you write a message. Do not pretend are someone else. You can choose to write in an informal tone or opt for a more formal way of writing. Above all, stay friendly, personal, and enthusiastic.
5. Be honest
Be honest, even if you don't meet all of the requirements that the client is looking for. Do your best to make your weaknesses appear as strengths. For example, if you don't speak French, but you are willing to take a French course, then your willingness to better yourself at French will be portrayed as an advantage to the client. However, always stick to your stregths and do not rely solely on weaknesses to earn you a position. If you rely solely on turning your weaknesses into strenths, then the chances of a favorable response, even with great arguments, will diminish.
6. Try not to use cliches
Cliches are expressions which are used too much and are often meaningless. If you want to get the attention of the reader, avoid cliches, but instead use a more creative and personal way to express yourself.
7. Avoid spelling mistakes
The client may be unimpressed and turned off by spelling mistakes. It looks messy, childish, and lazy. Therefore, avoid spelling mistakes. We recommend you check your spelling properly before you send a message.
8. Avoid using slang
Not everyone can appreciate slang or regional diction. Just like spelling mistakes, it can look messy and childish.
When writing your first message to the client, try not to arrange an immediate meeting. Instead try to get the attention of the client and verify that your preferences are similar. Over time, as long as you continue to stay in contact with each other, then you both can decide to exchange personal information to schedule an interview or a meeting. This step-by-step approach works better for most families and caregivers. Also, it is a safer practice for both parties.
10. Respect the decisions of the client
Always respect the decision of the client. If you receive a rejection, send a polite message back to the client. Do not hassle or badger the client if you receive a rejection!