Host Mom Dorsi writes what she claims is a rant… but what we know is simply the reality.
It can be hard to get responses from Au Pairs when the situation you’re offering doesn’t look relatively easy.
We are in the early search for a new AP. I have contacted 8 candidates from one agency with my brief email:
– “Our lives are busy and exciting, our town is super cool, we have three kids, you have to work 45h, weekends, evenings, we love our APs and have had many successful matches.”
I am 0/8 – all have either not replied, or replied that they weren’t interested in our family.
It feels futile to be reading and screening applications.
I don’t want to be “selling” the job – it is a hard job. I also have exhausted the pool of candidates that meet my very minimal expectations – experience with two kids at once, driver’s license >6 months.
One next step might be to switch agencies — I am looking at interexchange instead. I know one poster here really promoted them, but then seemed to fall out of love. Have others had good experiences?
What other strategies should Dorsi consider?
She’s a great Host Mom, so she needs to find a terrific Au Pair!