As I’ve been writing the forthcoming ebook of AuPairMom’s Secrets for Interviewing Au Pairs I’ve been thinking a lot about the many small details in applications that seem to make a big difference to Host Families.
The CameraReadyAuPair, below, must have been reading my mind, because she’s asking some of the same questions I’ve been addressing.
Specifically, because we know that many candidates “stage” or set up photographs to use in their applications, what kinds of photos make a good impression?
And, whether or not photos are staged, pre-composed, or candid — what kinds of photos do we really want to see?
Dear AuPairMom — I’m applying to be an au pair and am at the stage of my application now where it’s time to upload photos. I do have previous Childcare experience (more than 200 hours) but did not take a whole lot of photos during this time.
I do have around 4 or 5 good photos I can use of me caring for children, they were not staged but they are not photos where we are ‘playing’ or doing anything other than smiling at the camera together.
I’m wondering —
What kinds of photos are considered ‘staged’?
It having “staged” photos always a bad thing?
Since candidates with my Agency can also upload up to 20 pictures….
What other photos are appropriate for me to upload without children?
Pictures of me (like natural headshot style?)
Pictures of my area I live in?
Pictures of meals I’ve cooked? Pictures of my cat?
A group shot of my family?
Pictures of me on my previous travels?
Or one picture from each of those categories??
I’m not sure if that’s what host families want to see or if they would think it was weird I have those random photos?
When you begin to speak with potential families through email later on are you then expected to send through more photos and if so should I then holdback on sending some previous photos?
Do host families want to see 20 photos like you’re allowed to upload or are they happy with 5, 10, 15 etc? Thanks! ~CameraReadyAuPair
Image by Rowan Saunders on Flickr