Don’t forget: you are not applying for a job at a bank! It is fairly common for the children of the family to look at your application too; they have a say in the decision as well since they have to like the person who will spend many hours a day with them. We recommend keeping the children in mind when you write your application, and thinking about their interests as well. Just imagine what you would want to know about your future au pair if you were a child.
In your au pair application, don’t forget to mention your strengths as an au pair. Explain what child care experiences you have already gained, and why you want to become an au pair. It is also helpful if you can give the host family a time-frame so they know when you are available to work for them as an au pair. List reasons why you chose the country you want to go to for your au pair experience.
Talk about your interests and hobbies. Do you know how to play an instrument and would you want to teach the host children how to play it? Do you have any special skills that might be useful to the family, such as sewing, knitting, gardening, making handicrafts, etc.? Do you have a driver’s license? Also, talk about your personality, about what you have done so far in your life, about your education, about your family and about your life.
Furthermore, you have to say whether you have a driver’s license, if you smoke, if you are a vegetarian and if you suffer from chronic illness or allergies. You should also mention your hobbies and interests, how many languages you speak, what childcare experiences you have, and what you know about managing a household.
At the very end, you are asked what age you would prefer the host children to be and with how many children you would like to work. Also, you have to include whether you prefer living in a big city, in a small city or in the countryside. Hand in the filled-out and signed application form at your au pair agency.
If you use an au pair website to look for a host family, you have to create a profile before you can access the contact information of the host families. This profile is your personal signature, just like the application you write for the agency. However, you don’t have to upload your certificate of good conduct and the medical certificate right away. You only send them directly to your au pair family.
Therefore, our advice: beware of your personal appearance, online as well as in real life! If you keep that in mind, social networks such as Facebook can be a wonderful tool for you and your host family to get to know each other before meeting in person.