I don’t know anything about baseball, but even so, the question raised in this post is a little “inside baseball”. I think that means, you have to know a good bit already to even have an opinion about it.
Briefly, the situation:
— A mom writes that she’s having a hard time finding candidates, and she wonders if it’s because families are holding candidates in their accounts for too long while the families make their decisions — meaning the candidates aren’t available for other families to interviews.
The bigger picture issue:
What guidelines should we Host Parents put on our au pair searching behavior, so that we, the au pair candidates, and other host parents all get a fair crack at finding good matches?
What do you think is your responsibility?
Where do you think it’s okay to think only of your own needs (sometimes this is okay!)
What can we do to keep the system running fairly?
Here are the details–
I’m looking at matching for Aug with CC. I really don’t want to commit to a match until end of May, but I notice CC APs available in Aug are already being held by families multiple times.
I have been checking the website daily for APs that match my minimum requirements (3 years driving, coaching older kids, advanced English) and put them into my favorites so i can see if they are held by another family.
I notice that the best APs get stuck in a family’s extended hold as soon as their profile is available, so if they’re really good, they are less likely to speak to more than one family unless they are brave enough to ask to be released from the hold while the family is making up their mind.
So I feel forced to start this process earlier than I wanted to.
How long do families hold an AP in extended hold before committing?
If I find the AP I want to match with this month, it seems grossly unfair to hold her/him until end of May when I’m ready to commit.
Do you know if CC receives a lot of new candidates for August arrival in May/June?
I can’t commit to an AP until my kids have spoken to him, and my younger son is pretty freaked out thinking about the current AP leaving. I also would prefer to concentrate on how much we enjoy having our current AP around, rather than thinking about the next one.