When you use an au pair agency, your agency will review and screen your family for you. But when you apply for positions directly, you are on your own out there. Nobody reviewed or screened the families you are considering. So it is crucial that you ask the right questions. But what questions?
I became friends with Marlotte in Melbourne. Marlotte loved kids. She had a wonderful host mum, who I instantly liked. A match made in heaven I thought when I first met them and yet ...it didn't work out. Here are 9 steps that might have helped Marlotte to find the right family.
How do you entice your au pair to come? To actually arrive? An Au Pair disappearing between hire and arrival is a very common incident. Suddenly the cat is sick, the dog is dead and granny is in hospital. Or the passport got stolen on the way to the airport. You laugh. But these are all true stories.
When Ella received the offer, she was ecstatic. The family sounded great, Melbourne exciting and the pay a generous offer. And so Ella arrived in Australia wide eyed and excited. Ella had a wonderful time, enjoyed her work and was truly happy … and … then … everything … changed…
We thought we had done a great job. We had written an ad that gave candidates all the information they could possibly want to know. It was long and detailed and we even found a photo that wasn't completely blurred. We got a few applications here and there, but nobody seemed to be overly enthusiastic to find out more about us.
Hiring an au pair agency sounds like the end of all your worries. You no longer drown in applications. You no longer spend hours interviewing candidates. And you no longer call around checking references. You just outline who you need and are presented with a great solution. That is the idea.