There are thousands of senior caregivers across America so the work can be incredibly competitive. If you want to book a job every time you need to know how to stand out in an interview. One of the best ways to exude professionalism instantly is to have a caregiver portfolio prepared. Let us help you determine what you should put in your individual caregiver portfolio.
1. Your Resume
In every profession it is always a necessity to have a professional resume to highlight your experience. A resume is a great way to show families that you are professional, organized, and take your work seriously. If you need help writing a resume, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. To download a copy of our sample caregiver resume, Click here.
1. Your Professional Biography
A potential client will only have a very brief amount of time to get to know you so it is wise to create a written biography of yourself to distinguish you from other caregivers they might be interviewing. Really help the client to understand who you are and what skills you bring to the table. If a client can relate and resonate with you as a person, they are more likely to hire you.
Some great things to include in your biography are:
- Your family and background
- Special skills or hobbies you have
- Church or other activity groups you belong to
- Training you have
- What drives you to care for seniors
1. Your Recent Background Check
Your potential clients will likely be overly cautious when they interview you. Understand that they are coming from a very vulnerable place. It takes a lot of trust to leave a person alone with their elderly loved one in their home. After all, the news is full of reports of caregivers taking advantage of seniors, so safety is typically a very high priority for families. One of the best ways to show that you are trust worthy is to have a recent criminal background check for your interviewer to review. We typically recommend that caregivers maintain an annual criminal background check so that families know the results are up to date.
1. Your Written References
A well written reference from a client who adores you is worth its weight in gold. It is always wise to request references from past clients in order to show potential new clients the quality of work you do. If you have a client who is fond of you, always ask them for a recommendation letter. A well written recommendation will be your most useful asset in convincing a potential client that you are the right person for the job. If your past clients are willing, ask them for their contact information to share with potential new clients so that they can vouch for you over the phone as well.
1. Your Certifications
If you have completed training relevant to the field of caregiving, make sure that you have documented proof to show clients. Certifications relevant to senior care can range from a C.N.A. license to a C.P.R. license and everything in between. Do not miss the opportunity to display to potential employers how dedicated and driven you are when it comes to senior care. If you can show them that you have dedicated yourself to training, you will increase your chances of being hired by the family.
Be the best caregiver you can!
Every serious caregiver should have a professional portfolio to display their quality of work to potential employers. If you are serious about being hired by the right family, you will take the time to prepare an organized professional portfolio. As a result, you will enjoy a faster rate of hire and better quality clients.