A prospective Au Pair from South America emailed last week– she has applied to be an Au Pair with Cultural Care, but hasn’t found a family. She’s wondering — is there anything about her video that might be turning families off? Is there anything she could do to improve her video?
I don’t want to set up an expectation that I’ll post candidates’ videos on Au Pair Mom — but — I think that, this once, it might be interesting for us to talk about what’s in this video, and what we might also be looking for.
What do we really want to see in an au pair candidate’s application video?
This candidate’s video is quite nice. It looks like someone with good camera and editing skills helped her with it. (Note all the shots where someone else is capturing her actions– and how well framed everything is.) I don’t believe that videos need to be this polished in order to be effective.
A few things I really liked where the scenes where she is playing with her dog (meaningful to me, since we have a dog that we want any au pair to love), and where she is coaching the cheerleading team.
My one concern I won’t mention yet– let’s see if anyone else picks up the same one. ( In any case it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker.)
I haven’t put the candidates name or country here, to help keep the conversation a little more ‘just between us’ on the blog.
Here’s a snip from her email: I started the process over 8 months ago and I don´t have a family yet. I’m really worried because I was hoping to travel to a Host Family in March. I think my profile is really good and I have the experience. Please watch my video and say to me if there is something wrong. Thanks!
What do you all think? What would you suggest?