or… When social media policies and Au Pair application expectations collide…
We host parents like to see these photos, because they help to confirm for us that the applicant has some childcare experience.
The photos let us see some of the kids the au pair candidate has worked with — and we parents can more easily imagine the Au Pair with our kids too.
Plus: Kid photos! Only kitten gifs and hedgehog photos could make an application any more appealing!
So imagine this au pair applicant– who’s not allowed to take (and share) photos of the children she works with:
I’m applying to be an au pair for the first time, and as part of making a profile, the agency wants me to put together a photo album, with emphasis on my interaction with kids. Specifically, they recommend using photos of the children you’ve cared for.
My problem is this: For the last four years, almost all of my work with kids has been through government schools and a government-run outdoor school/school campsite. There is a very strict no-photo policy, and any approved photos have very strict conditions placed on them.
My other experiences working with and caring for kids have come from companies with similar policies, or babysitting jobs where I didn’t take photos.
I don’t want my lack of pictures to reflect badly on me to any potential host families, but I can’t really see a way around it. Any suggestions? ~PhotoLess Au Pair
Find a small way to use this to your advantage— — Be sure to mention this issue in your family letter. Many families will actually appreciate that you are sensitive to these rules and following them out of respect to your former employers. That’s always a good thing.