Agency Spotlight: The Meyer Suite

meyer suite personal assistant jobs logo

The Meyer Suite places Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants

A relatively new agency in the private service industry, The Meyer Suite is highly unique in that it specializes in placing high level Personal Assistants and Executive Personal Assistants. Founded by Elizabeth Meyer, she relies on her 10 years of experience of supporting executives, celebrities, and high-net-worth families as a Personal Assistant, Chief-of-Staff, and Estate Manager to created quality matches between the PA and the Principals.

In today’s Agency Spotlight, Elizabeth gives us more insight into their unique agency model…

1. How long have you been in business?
The Meyer Suite was founded in 2012.

2. What makes your agency unique?
Unique among traditional staffing firms, we are (1) client advocates, empathetic to the particular nature of employing a personal/executive assistant; and (2) client counsel, committed to ensuring positive, professional, long-term assistant/employer relationships. If you’ve seen one of our job descriptions or applied for a position through The Meyer Suite, you may have noticed a difference. If not, keep your eyes peeled for our next posting!

3. What types of positions do you place?
The Meyer Suite places Personal Assistants and Executive assistants, primarily.

4. What is your ideal candidate?
Our ideal candidate is an individual who IS the candidate we profile in one of our open job descriptions. We spend a lot of time with our clients, understanding their needs, who they are, the type of person they see themself working alongside for years to come, and from there put together job descriptions and an ideal candidate profile. We don’t believe that bullet points on a job description plus bullet points on a resume equal a successful outcome. Instead, it starts with understanding clients’ needs, candidates’ career goals, and the professional matchmaking that lies within.

5. Do you place across the country or locally? If so where…
We do have clients across the country, but at this time, our searches are primarily in the Seattle, WA, and New York, NY markets.

6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc?
Most of our clients do require their employees to have college degrees, so we do look for that. Beyond that, we certainly appreciate candidates who have sought specialized, formal training and professional development, but it is not necessarily required. Often, experience counts for more than anything.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?
We currently post our positions through The Meyer Suite’s Facebook page, networking groups on LinkedIn, and often through EstateJobs.com. Occasionally, depending on the position, we will post positions elsewhere. In 2014, we hope to have active searches added to www.themeyersuite.com

8. How should a candidate apply for a job? Do you want an online application, resume or both?
We do not ask applicants to fill out an online application, but we will certainly need to see a resume you are proud of! Our application instructions are always very specific, often requiring specific email subject lines, along with answers to a handful of questions, in lieu of formulaic cover letters. Our clients are very busy, very successful individuals and rely on very thorough assistants who are diligent and pay attention to details. For this reason, we want to make sure you fully digest the job description and candidate profile we present, and then take the time to apply the very specific way we’ve asked you to do so. Paying attention to small details is key not only once you’re in a high-level EA/PA position, but before you even landed the job.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?
Elizabeth Meyer, Principal at The Meyer Suite, is a member of DEMA, and active member and founder of the DEMA-Seattle chapter.

10. How can people contact you?
All contact info for The Meyer Suite, along with links to our social networking presence can be found on our website: www.themeyersuite.com

Agency Spotlight- Sleeping Angels

Sleeping Angels Logo

On a regular basis, my website features reputable agencies in the private service industry.  This week, our agency spotlight takes a look at Sleeping Angels Company…

Sleeping Angels Childcare and Domestic Services was founded by Lissette Palencia.  An avid traveler with a passion for art and culture, Lissette became aware early on that she had a special talent for interpreting infant behavior and communicating with young children. She soon came to the realization that her life’s goal was to help parents facilitate healthy and loving relationships with their children through good communication. This basic idea was the foundation on which she created her highly successful nanny placement and domestic staffing agency, Sleeping Angels Co.

For this Agency Spotlight, CEO/Infant Sleep Consultant Brandon Leibowitz offers insight into this agency…

  1. How long have you been in business? 

Seven years.

  1. What makes your agency unique? 

Our dedication to improving the quality of infant care and education through teaching, supporting and mentoring both our parent clients and our nannies and caregivers makes us unique.

We also offer training for our nannies, based on RIE principles and Waldorf philosophy, which have shown to improve communication between the child and the caregiver.

  1. What types of positions do you place?  

Nannies, Sleep Consultants, Baby Nurses, Baby Sitters, Private Chefs, Elderly Care, Housekeepers and Personal Assistants.

  1. What is your ideal candidate?

Our ideal candidate will be some who is experienced, reliable and caring the also possesses a    strong childcare background.

  1. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where?

Locally.  Westside areas: Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Encino, Ladera Heights, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Pico-Robertson, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Rancho Park, Santa Monica, Sawtelle, Sherman Oaks, Venice, West Hollywood, Westwood and more.

  1. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc.

Yes.  CPR, First Aid, RIE and Waldorf basic knowledge methodology.

  1. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Parents and baby groups

  1. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Yes, we request for both online application and resume.  And a minimum of 2 years childcare related experience.

  1. Do you belong to any professional associations?

Yes, INA – the International Nanny Association.

    10.  How can people contact you? 

Sleeping Angels Company

1327 S Westgate Ave #102

West Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 478-2827 – Telephone

http://www.sleepingangelsco.com/

info@sleepingangelsco.com

Are you an agency owner? Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-452-3400 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: Mahler Private Staffing

Mahler Private Staffing logo

In the private service industry, one of the more prestigious agencies is Mahler Private Staffing.  With 25 years of experience, this national agency is known for working with some of the most elite families and candidates in the US and abroad.  Their positions vary greatly – from the family office to ranch management and everything in between.  With offices in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, they are conveniently situated to evaluate candidates across the country.

For this Agency Spotlight, Vice President Judith Redd gives us some more insight into the long-standing recruitment firm…

 1. How long have you been in business?

25 years.

 2. What makes your agency unique? 

For twenty five years, Mahler Private Staffing has refined our placement process to meet a single objective – match each client’s unique needs with the right staff.  Widely recognized for our meticulous standards, broad service offerings, personalized approach, and exclusive network of top household, childcare, and office professionals, we are proud to have grown entirely through repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients.

 3. What types of positions do you place? 

All Domestic staff, including Director of Residences, Chief of Staff, Estate Manager, House Manager, Housekeeping staff, Executive Protection, Security/Drivers, Chefs, Nannies, Ranch and  Property Management, Family office and Corporate personnel.

 4. What is your ideal candidate?

We pride ourselves on connecting with remarkable talent and maintaining relationships with our candidates through their placement and beyond.  Our ideal candidates are experienced, skilled, engaged, and professional.  We also require verifiable references from previous employers and conduct thorough background checks

 5. Do you place across the country or locally?  

Nationwide.

 6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc.

A college education is always preferred  and we appreciate candidates with specialized training in their particular field as it shows commitment and professionalism, however, it is not essential for every position.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Our website: MahlerPrivateStaffing.com, Estate Jobs, LinkedIn, Domestic Herald, specialty sites (ENanny Source, Sitter City, Efinancial careers, etc.)

 8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

We  urge all prospective candidate to complete the online application and upload their resume and letters of  reference.

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA (Domestic Estate Management Association) and INA (International Nanny Association)

 10. How can people contact you?

Corporate office  : 414-347-1350

West Coast office: 760-537-7690

Email: mahlerprivatestaffing@mahlerent.com

Are you an agency owner? Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-452-3400 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: The Ekström Agency

Ekstrom logoA relative newcomer to the domestic staffing industry, the Ekstrom Agency was founded by Nils Ekstrom in June 2013.  Thanks to his 25 years of experience in the service industry, he has studied hospitality across disciplines including domestic service, restaurant operations, and cruise lines.  Nils has had the honor of serving in both large and small estates and have managed staffs including maids, chauffeurs, chefs/cooks, day workers, houseman, nannies, personal assistants and butlers.

 “The reason I built Ekström was to bring this work ethic and integrity to an industry that needed change,” states Nils.  “Change in the way that talent is being hired, change in how clients needed to become better educated about what is required in order to run their homes efficiently, and change in how the employee/employer relationships are built and sustained.” 

 

  1. How long have you been in business? 

We just started operations in June 2013.

 

  1. What makes your agency unique? 

We treat and promote talent, not domestic help.  We believe that by attracting the right talent and then spending time in person with the family, we increase the chances of a healthy and long term working relationship.  In addition, we have a specialty in working with Chinese clients who are purchasing homes and investment properties in the Tri State Area and require specialty talent support.

 

  1. What types of positions do you place? 

Chefs, House Managers, Estate Mangers, Housekeepers, Nannies, Equestrian Management, Personal Assistants, Couples & Butlers.  We also maintain a strong group of bi and tri-lingual talent (Spanish, French, Portuguese & Chinese). 

  1. What is your ideal candidate? 

An experienced individual with a high degree of integrity and work ethic.  We do thorough background investigations and require the utmost in confidentiality and work ethic.

  1. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where:

We concentrate in NYC and the Tri-State area but also do placements in Florida including both Palm Beach and Miami.

  1. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc? 

While we do look for certain certifications especially with our chefs and nannies, we are open to those who have experience equal to a degree or other certification.  We find that nothing really beats good old fashioned hands-on experience and elbow grease.

  1. Where do you announce your open jobs? 

We promote through partnerships with other agencies, conferences, referrals from our existing talent pool and colleagues. We are also very active on social media.

  1. How should a candidate apply for a job? 

Do you want an online application, resume or both?  We start with an online resume and then move to a formal application and then video interview.

  1. Do you belong to any professional associations?

DEMA, NYC Personal Assistants

  1. How can people contact you?

http://naekstrom.com or at (347) 410 1862

 

Agency Spotlight: Aunt Ann’s Agency

Yes, there really is an “Aunt Ann,” who established Aunt Ann’s Agency in 1958, making this agency California’s oldest placement agency in the private service industry.  To have succeeded so long is an accomplishment that is well recognized in the industry, along with their standards of excellence for both employers and candidates.

The agency has changed and evolved over the years to address the changing needs of their customers.  In this week’s Agency Spotlight, owner Denise Collins gives more insight into this long-running family business…

  1. How long have you been in business? 

Aunt Ann’s Agency was founded in 1958 in San Francisco California.  In 2000, Aunt Ann’s Home Care and Aunt Ann’s In House Staffing were separately incorporated as individual business entities in different offices.

 2. What makes your agency unique?  

We have been in business for over 50 years and are family owned by the descendants  of  the founder, Ann  Collins. The agency has 3rd generation ownership and often has staffed 3 generations of the same family.  Frequently, we will receive a phone call from a potential client requesting home care services for their parents and they will state they  called us because they loved the nanny that Aunt Ann’s sent to take care of them when they were small.   Visit our history page on our web site www.auntanns.com   to learn more about us.

 3. What types of positions do you place?  

We have multiple service lines offered by our two different companies.  Aunt Ann’s Home Care is a non-medical home care agency that employs caregivers to care for the frail and infirm and medically-recovering  seniors on a short term and long term basis. www.auntannshomecare.com

Aunt Ann’s In House Staffing is a full service domestic employment agency that places baby nurses, newborn assistants, nannies, family assistants, housekeepers, cook-housekeepers, private chefs, household managers, estate managers and personal assistants.

www.inhousestaffing.com

 4. What is your ideal candidate?

Our ideal candidate is a person who is legal to work in the United States, has a minimum of 5 years’ experience   working   in private service  in the field they are seeking and has references  that we can check.

We will accept candidates with 1 year experience with exceptional personal and professional references and training.  Our candidates must be willing to complete our application and pass multiple background checks.  We have been background checking candidates since 1988.  Our clients prefer excellent references and experience.  There is an increase in clients seeking nanny and estate management candidates   requiring they have a college education, in addition to life experience.

 5. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where?    

Our service area is local to the San Francisco Bay Area.   We do place outside of this area for clients with additional properties  and some estate management positions.     We partner with other agencies around the country  and do placement outside of our service area  with other agencies.

 6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc.

Our clients establish the requirements for hire.   Each job order is specific to the clients’ needs.  Most of our clients seek private service experience.  In the past 5 years we have seen an increase in clients requesting candidates who have college degrees or special training, but this has not replaced the preference for   experience with references .

 7. Where do you announce your open jobs?  

Most of our clients don’t want their job posted, so we tend not to post most of our positions.   We do post some of our openings on our web site and you will find general recruitment advertisement on our web site.  Candidates should check our web site, Linked In, and Facebook. We will run recruitment advertising for specific openings if we don’t have qualified candidates on our books. Our preference is to mine our own data base of qualified candidates first and not advertise our job openings.

I would encourage persons to register with us even if they don’t see an opening on the web site.  We will register them in our data base for future openings and contact them when a job becomes available.

 8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

A candidate should send us their resume and we will take it from there. If a candidate does not have a resume, they can go to our web site and fill the appropriate on- line application. We have an extensive application on our web site for persons who don’t have a resume.

We prefer a resume instead of our online application to get started.  Candidates can send a resume to us via our contact page on our web site or directly too : Info@inhousestaffing.com      Candidates should also telephone us.  We  employ a receptionist to answer the phone Monday to Friday and welcome inquiries.

 9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

Yes, we are members of national, state and local  associations that  represent the industries we serve as well as business associations.  Nationally we are founding members of APNA, 25 year members of INA and members of DEMA.

We are also active members of National and State Home Care Associations .  Locally we participate with Care Management associations, Eldercare Network,   Homecare association of America and many other business  associations.

 10. How can people contact you?  

aunt anns nanny logoAunt  Ann’s In House Staffing

2722 Gough St

San Francisco, Ca 94123

www.inhousestaffing.com

415 749-3650 Phone

866-729-2667 Phone

415 749-2083 Fax

 

aunt anns elder logoAunt Ann’s Home Care

198 Los Banos

Daly City, Ca 94014

www.auntannshomecare.com

415 974-3530  Phone

866 362-2667  Phone

415 757-2600   Fax

Agency Spotlight: Household Staffing.com

Householdstaffing.com logoStarla Smith with HouseholdStaffing.com has a unique take on recruiting for private service positions.  “I believe in speaking to people more than just reading their resume.  In the end, the candidates get the jobs – I just make the introductions to the employers.”  In this way, candidates do the best service for their job search when they are comfortable talking about themselves and describing their work experience and abilities.

With this philosophy, HouseholdStaffing.com does strive to build professional relationships with their candidates as well as the employers.  This way, they are able to make the best match for both parties.

In this week’s Agency Spotlight, Starla tells us more about their recruiting procedures and desired candidates…

 1. How long have you been in business?

Householdstaffing.com has over 33 years combined experience in the industry

 2. What makes your agency unique?

We are a nationwide agency with a personalized approach to each of our clients.  Much like a care.com but Householdstaffing.com does all the leg work for you and only introduces you to the most qualified candidates for your position

 3. What types of positions do you place?

We place full and part time ,live in and live out, permanent and temporary positions.

Nanny, housekeepers, companions, couples, childcare/housekeeper, estate managers, chefs, baby nurses, Any domestic help for the home

 4. What is your ideal candidate?

Each and every family is different and has different needs.  No two jobs are ever alike…

Ideally, an applicant will have some experience and verifiable references and most importantly a  candidate has a smile and is cheerful

 5. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where

Householdstaffing is a nationwide agency which places applicants across the entire united states

 6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc

A college degree is always helpful but not necessary.  Any training  such as first aid and CPR classes are also a benefit but not necessary for every client

 7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Householdstaffing has a database of over 15,000 applicants looking for jobs

 8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

A candidate can apply for a job directly on our website as a job applicant and Householdstaffing will contact then.  Candidates now have the opportunity to submit a video clip introducing themselves…This really helps in getting a job

We ask that you provide written references if possible and a resume always helps

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

INA

10. How can people contact you?

Via the web, office or cell:

Household Staffing Done Right, The First Time!

Office:   610 664 5233 x106

Mobile: 610 405 1100

looking to hire info  info@householdstaffing.com

looking for a job      jobs@householdstaffing.com

 

Agency Spotlight: Town + Country Resources

Town + Country Resources logoOne of the larger agencies on the West Coast is Town + Country Resources, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto.  With several staff members, T+C  places a wide variety of candidates, from nannies to estate managers.

San Francisco’s branch Vice President Nancy McIlvaine gives more insight into this 25+ year old agency…

  1. How long have you been in business?

Town + Country Resources has been in business here in the Bay Area since 1985. The company as it currently exists was formed out of the merger of two local agencies in 1997, Mothers in Deed and Town & Country Nannies. As the business evolved and our clients, candidates & services grew more varied, we changed our name in 1999 to Town + Country Resources.

  1. What makes your agency unique?

We are one of the largest domestic placement & referral agencies in the country, but we focus nearly exclusively on the Bay Area. This allows us to support our clients and candidates in two unique ways. First, because of our size and longevity, we attract more of the best candidates and more of the best jobs. Clients & candidates coming to us have the best chance of finding that perfect match – the right job or the right person to fill that job. Second, our local focus allows us to personally meet, talk with and get to know most of our clients and all of our candidates. Skype, email, phone & the Internet have their place and are all valuable tools that we use, but there is no substitute for personal interaction. When one of our counselors refers a candidate, we’re referring a qualified candidate whom we have met, interviewed and know personally, and often have worked with for years.

  1. What types of positions do you place?

Our pool of candidates includes professionals qualified to fill nearly any in-house or estate position. We place childcare positions from just a short date night job to full-time, permanent Nannies & Family Assistants and short-term or long-term Baby Nurses and Newborn Specialists. We place temporary and permanent Housekeepers and Professional Caregivers for a range of schedules. We also place the full range of estate professionals, from Personal Assistants to Household and Estate Managers in multi-staffed and multi-residence environments. Lastly, we recruit & place Administrative & Executive Assistants for clients ranging from small business & startups to major international corporations.

  1. What is your ideal candidate?

In general, we want to see prior professional experience in the position, with verified strong, positive references from all prior employers. Beyond that, our overriding aim is to find “the one” for our clients and candidates – the right candidate, the right job, right now. Our clients have a range of needs and requirements, as do our candidates. We will support, advise & guide our clients & candidates as we seek to make the right match, but we do not judge their needs & requirements. For any given type of position, our candidates will have a range of skills & experiences, and not every candidate will be suited to every job we have, and not every job is right for each of our candidates.

  1. Do you place across the country or locally?

If so where. We can place, and have in the past placed, positions across the country, though our focus and reputation is strongest here in the Bay Area. On those occasions where we have placed candidates in positions outside of the Bay Area, those engagements typically have come from our Bay Area connections. So for instance, we might find an Estate Manager for a position in Chicago or Los Angeles where the client came to us originally to fill a position located here in the Bay Area.

  1. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc.

In addition to all the important background checks, we principally focus on a candidate’s prior experience and references. Beyond that, we very much pride ourselves on not taking a cookie-cutter approach to any aspect of the matching process. We want to know and represent our candidates and be able to “bring them to life” for our clients. For one client and position, that may mean a focus on work & life experiences, for another it might mean a focus on education, training and specific technical skills.

  1. Where do you announce your open jobs?

We recruit through a full range of avenues, and we adjust based on current needs and special circumstances that may arise with any given position. We post jobs on our web site, and depending on the type of position we might also use listing services like LinkedIn, CraigsList, Monster, EstateJobs.com, etc., We also use local papers, job fairs, campus recruiting, email campaigns, etc. And of course, word of mouth is a very important part of the recruiting process for us – great candidates often are the best source for other great candidates.

  1. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

Either one works well. We have an online preliminary application at www.tandcr.com/candidates/talk-to-us. We also review all the emails that are sent to us directly. Estate professionals should send their resumes to estatestaffing@tandcr.com.

  1. Do you belong to any professional associations?

We belong to the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA), the International Nanny Association (INA), the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA), among others.

  1. How can people contact you?

A great place to start is our web site, www.tandcr.com. We can also be reached by phone at our offices in San Francisco (415-567-0956) and Palo Alto (650-326-8570). Our general email address is info@tandcr.com.

 

Love our Agency Spotlights?  Check out our new eBook, The Job Seekers’ Guide to Private Service Agencies on our Books page – only $2.99 and you recieve over 20 Agency Spotlights, including contact information for over 30 agencies!

 Are you an agency owner? Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: Heartland Estate Staffing

Heartland Estate Staffing logoFor more than 25 years, Heartland Estate Staffing has placed professionals staffed the finest homes in America . In 1984, Karen Walker Ryan started Heartland Nannies as a nationwide nanny placement agency. As their services broadened, they changed our name to Heartland Caregivers. Today, their name – Heartland Estate Staffing – reflects the wide variety of professional private service staff they place with their clients.

 A few years ago, Karen Ryan passed the torch to Betsy Needles, a 12-year veteran of their staff.  Today, she gives us insight into Heartland Estate Staffing’s practices in our Agency Spotlight…

 1. How long have you been in business?

1984 Heartland started as a Nanny agency and grew to met our clients’ needs as their families grew. I personally have been with Heartland over 13 years, beginning as Karen Ryan’s assistant and moving into Estate Placements to eventual owner of a proud & ethical agency.

 2. What makes your agency unique?

Our screening, attention to detail and our true and heartfelt caring about making the right match, not just a placement-we are honest and feel integrity counts!

 3. What types of positions do you place?

You name it we will find it for our clients.  But basically we run the gamut from Nannies to Couple Teams and Estate Managers and even more Executive positions recently for Estate Managers and Personal Assistants (rare but always very good positions when we have them)

4. What is your ideal candidate?

Experienced, intelligent, flexible and willing to go the extra mile for their employer but someone who can also be their own advocate. It is important when setting proper private service boundaries and standards in the work place; be it a home or office.

 5. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where.

We are a National Agency but it is always nice when we can assist a Montana family with their staffing needs.

 6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc

Heartland has always put a lot of stock in life experience but within the last couple of years the employers seem to only consider  more educated and trained employees making it harder for us to successfully place people with the experience without the pay.  So yes, training and education are great but experience in a private setting is ultimately what we look for in our candidates.

 7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

We have a highly visible Web site where we keep all our listing current www.estatestaffing.com OR www.heartlandestatestaffing.com  We also advertise other sites; Domestic Herald, Estatejobs, Working couples and Craig’s List if we are looking locally.

 8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

We ask for new candidates to visit our site and send us a resume and cover letter with the contact form for new applicants.

 9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

Yes; DEMA, APNA, INA

 10. How can people contact you?

We have an 800 number for our candidates and you can always email through our web site; www.estatestaffing.com  800-866-6266

Love our Agency Spotlights?  Check out our new eBook, The Job Seekers’ Guide to Private Service Agencies on our Books page – only $2.99 and you recieve over 20 Agency Spotlights, including contact information for over 30 agencies!

 Are you an agency owner? Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: Domestic Match

unnamedFounded by Daniel Wood, an experienced Estate Manager / Private Chef, the unique agency relies on innovative technology to match candidates with prospective employers.  Their online job board is professional, concise and easy-to-use.  Additionally, they are one of the few agencies that provide referral fees for candidates.

Daniel gives us more insight into why he made the switch from private service professional to agency…

1.     How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for almost 5 years now. Creating DomesticMatch has been a real labor of love; we look forward to helping to simplify the lives of our clients and to provide excellent opportunities to our candidates. Our goal is to provide our clients and the candidates we represent with outstanding personal service. We listen carefully to fully understand our clients’ needs and strive to make the right match, the first time. We take great pride in our work and have a true passion for the service we provide.

2.     What makes your agency unique?

Our experience working in private homes around the globe is what sets us apart from the competition. We have over 25 years of experience in the hospitality field, with many of those years having been spent in private homes. This experience enables us to connect with professionals that are currently working behind the scenes in the world’s finest homes

We understand, better than most, the special relationship that exists between household employers and their staff. We are sensitive to the intricacies of domestic staffing and work tirelessly to create strong and healthy relationships for our clients and candidates. We realize that the skill level of an employee can be just as important as their personality.

3.     What types of positions do you place?

We are a full-service domestic staffing agency, we place all household positions.

4.     What is your ideal candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience working in a private residence and will be able to provide us with several excellent professional references. When we communicate with our candidates we are also looking for clues that help us better understand their level of professionalism, we feel that how a candidate communicates with us is how they will likely communicate with our clients.

5.     Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where

DomesticMatch is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the majority of our work is in this region. That being said, we have recently filled great positions in New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

6.     Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc

Many of our clients look for related, hands-on, work experience first but candidates with formal training in their field will always attract more attention to their resume, even if a candidate has only attended a short training seminar it shows a commitment to their chosen career path.

7.     Where do you announce your open jobs?

When a new position becomes available we reach out to candidates in our database first. If the new opportunity is not a confidential search we will then post it on our job board http://www.domesticmatch.com/jobs/ . We encourage all of our candidates to keep a close eye on our job board, things change quickly and we work hard to keep all listings current! We also use estatejobs.com and social media to help spread the word.

8.     How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

We encourage everyone to fill out our online application: http://www.domesticmatch.com/candidate-application/ In the application, there is the possibility to upload a resume and cover letter.

9.     Do you belong to any professional associations?

DomesticMatch is a member of The Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA) and The International Nanny Association (INA).

10.How can people contact you?

For general inquires please email us at info@domesticmatch.com

Love our Agency Spotlights?  Check out our new eBook, The Job Seekers’ Guide to Private Service Agencies on our Books page – only $2.99 and you receive over 20 Agency Spotlights, including contact information for over 30 agencies!

 Are you an agency owner? Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Agency Spotlight: Westside Nannies

In the competitive nanny placement market, many agencies have lost business to such do-it-yourself sites like Care.com.  For Westside Nannies, founder’s Katie Vaughn’s strategy was to set her agency apart by positioning themselves and their nannies as the best in the business.  Today, through her social media efforts on Facebook and YouTube, the agency is known for its progressive business model, tight screening tactics and information resources for parents and nannies alike.  When a candidate gets accepted to Westside Nannies, it is a real mark of distinction.

Today, Westside Nannies runs two offices in Calfornia, serving the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas as well as making national placements.  Mimi Brady, Director of the San Francisco Office, gives more insight into the agency and her own personal journey into the world of placement…

1.       How long have you been in business?

I have ‘informally’ been in this business for as long as I can remember. I was the go-to babysitter in my hometown of Marin County, CA, and by the age of 15 or 16 I was booked for gigs constantly. During my college years at Santa Clara University, I worked at the campus’s on-site preschool for three and a half years. Within two months of my employment there, I met an incredible family who took me on as their part-time nanny for their infant son. I worked for them religiously throughout college, ranging from 15-30 hours per week depending on their needs. It was through this experience that I realized there was so much more to babysitting than playing at the park and making mac-and-cheese. I was suddenly being asked to exchange gifts, sort through the child’s clothing, organize closets and cabinets, grocery shop, and run to the dry cleaners. And I loved it.

Upon graduating from Santa Clara University, I packed up and moved down south to Santa Monica, CA. The daughter of two attorneys, there was a certain pressure to become a ‘business professional.’ But I wanted to be a professional nanny. So I found the best nanny agency in LA, called Westside Nannies.

I was booked for an interview immediately and met with Katie Vaughan, our founder, in her office on Wilshire. As cliché as it sounds, I left her office saying “THAT is the job for me.” The combination of business, sales, and childcare was a dream come true. Katie called me to let me know that the family that I interviewed with had decided to let their nanny stay for a couple more months, but that she needed a little help in the office and thought I would be a great for the position. She said that if the family wanted to hire me back in a few months, it would be a perfect temporary gig in order to pay my bills. I showed up to the Westside Nannies office the next day, and the rest, as they say, was history.

 

2. What makes your agency unique?

Several things! Primarily, our modern & innovative approach to an archaic industry stands out to private service professionals and clients alike. While some may argue that a placement is a placement, we see it as an experience affected by your agency’s values, down to how they communicate with you (we love texting), and their aesthetic. Being represented is much more than having your resume sent out, and we feel we have modernized the process for our candidates.

Secondly, we are all genuinely passionate about the private service – and nanny – industries. Thus far, all Westside Nannies team members have worked as a nanny in a private home, so there is an inherent understanding we all have amongst each other, and with clients, when speaking about the nuances of private service.

Finally, our dedication to service. No agency will ever be perfect, but we make a very valid and concerted effort to communicate, update, and respond to our clients and candidates in a timely manner.

3.  What types of positions do you place?

Hence our business name, we primarily place nannies on a full-time, part-time, live-in, live-out, and temporary basis. However, we do place other household staff members on various occasions such as housekeepers, chefs, and household/estate managers.

4. What is your ideal candidate?

Great question! We often hear candidates and clients get caught up on ‘years of experience.’ While it’s critical to work with candidates who have a certain amount of experience, our ideal candidate is so much more than the years she or he has spent working in a private home. A career nanny of 20+ years sometimes doesn’t hold a candle to a nanny with 5 years of experience, regardless of the fact that she has done the job so much longer.

At Westside Nannies, our all-star candidates are extremely personable, professional, and accommodating. They have a heart for service and genuinely appreciate any opportunity in which they can make the lives of their principal more comfortable. They are flexible in their schedule, understand the last-minute emergencies every family faces, and is more than willing to pitch-in with a little bit of everything when duty calls. After all, basic childcare duties can be taught and learned, but having a genuine passion for childcare and private service cannot!

To learn more about our minimum requirements, please visit http://www.westsidenannies.com/nannies/how-it-works/requirements.

5. Do you place across the country or locally?  If so where

While our main territories include Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, we are known for placing some of the best nanny positions across the country.  We have placed candidates in positions including New York, Washington, D.C, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and several positions that travel all over the world from week to week or month to month.

6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc

We love seeing additional training/schooling on a resume that is in line with the position a candidate is up for (i.e., Child Development classes for nannies, completion of culinary school for professional chefs, etc.), but this by no means a deal-breaker for us.  Some of the top candidates we have placed don’t necessarily have a formal education in their line of work, but it’s always a good sign to see someone who is open to and enjoys continuing their education.

7. Where do you announce your open jobs?

Westside Nannies’ Facebook page is highly regarded in the industry, as we post all of our open jobs here, as well as industry tips, tricks, and updates. Make sure to Like us by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/WestSideNannies.

For those of whom do not use Facebook, we post jobs on our website at http://www.westsidenannies.com/nannies/jobs

8. How should a candidate apply for a job?  Do you want an online application, resume or both?

For those interested in applying with us, please head to http://www.westsidenannies.com/nannies/apply-now. This page contains thorough instructions about what is needed in order to apply with us,

9. Do you belong to any professional associations?

We are proud members of the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA), the International Nanny Association (INA), and the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA). All have been wonderful resources for us.

10. How can people contact you?

Please feel free to contact our San Francisco office at infoSF@westsidenannies.com, or our Beverly Hills office at info@westsidenannies.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Would you like your agency featured in our Agency Spotlight?  There is no fee!  Contact Donna Shannon at 720-341-8229 to find out how you can be included.  Our Agency Spotlight is provided as a service to job seekers, and is not a statement of endorsement.  All information is  provided by the participating agency.

Page 2 of 4 1234
UA-63141538-1