How to List Babysitting Experience as Volunteer Work on a Resume
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Creating a resume when you have little experience in salaried job positions can be challenging. However, you can present volunteer work on your resume to demonstrate your responsibility and other positive attributes to an employer. An example of one of these positions could be babysitting.
1. Have you had other volunteer experience?
Place your volunteer babysitting experience in your “Work Experience” section if it's the only volunteer experience you're including on your resume. If you're listing other volunteer positions, create a separate “Volunteer Experience” section.
In this section, you can include volunteering positions from your school, community outreach, church, or other personal experience.
Whether you were paid for this position or not can determine if you want to place this position under work or volunteering. When including other volunteering experience, it's best to include them all in one section on your resume for clear design and inclusion.
2. Include all needed information for that position.
Write your job title, the dates during which you held the babysitting position, and the location (city/state).
Rather than using “babysitter,” consider a more professional-sounding title, such as, “child care provider.”
Make your position seem professional as best as you can with descriptive working and all needed information for that experience.
- For example: “Child Care Worker: May 2010 - July 2010, Chicago, IL.”
3. Include responsibilities and duties of that position.
Write a list of three to five responsibilities beneath your babysitting title. These could be included with bullets or dashes within your resume design.
Begin each statement with a strong action verb, such as “prepared” or “maintained.”
Avoid using first person (“I”) and keep each statement concise.
Include the age range of the children you babysat in your description.
- For example: “prepared lunches daily” or “led nature walk activities.”
If you're struggling with ideas to include as responsibilities, brainstorm a list and write down everything you did during your time as a babysitter (such as changing diapers, helping with homework or playing games).
Consider each duty from the perspective of an employer and word your statements to appeal to what they're looking for. For example, if you babysat two siblings, you likely broke up a few fights. On your resume, indicate this as, “resolved conflict situations,” a phrase more likely to catch an employer’s eye.
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