March Housekeeper Seminar – Becoming Laundry Pros!

IMG_5463At the beginning of March, Town + Country hosted our second Housekeeper seminar of the year. “In the Laundry Room” focused on how to fine tune your skills in the laundry room. One of Town + Country’s leading Executive Housekeepers, Ada Barnes, shared her tips for caring for delicate items, reading clothing & laundry labels and tackling tough stains.

Each attendee had the opportunity for hands-on training by taking turns ironing various items and getting instruction on folding some of the more difficult items in the home – think fitted sheets! We love spending time with all these great Housekeepers during our Saturday seminars. And they were clearly also excited to get together, share past experiences and exchange valuable housekeeping information. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of learning had by all!

We’re really looking forward to our next seminar in May and we’re hoping for another full class! Be sure and “like” our Town + Country Resources Facebook page for current updates on the upcoming seminars.

Remember, seminar attendees don’t have to be T+C candidates. Invite your friends, and if they meet our requirements and get placed in a T+C referred job for 30 days, we will give you a referral bonus of $200!

We can’t wait to see you in May!

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Meet Thomas!

unnamedThomas is a Household Manager with a long history of working in private homes. He is an effective professional with some amazing experience who has earned praise for his reliability and communication skills. Town + Country has certainly enjoyed working with Thomas, and we’d love to have you learn more about him!

One of his previous employers said, “Thomas’ strengths were his good nature and the fact that he did not allow himself to become rattled in challenging situations. He is also very capable of working independently with little supervision.” Thomas’ positions have required him to manage household staff, assist with travel and event planning and provide Chauffeur services to his clients and prepare meals.

Thomas takes a very hands-on approach to his work and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He has a broad range of experience and skills that includes proper care of antiques, silver, furniture and fine clothing. He is also very tech savvy, assisting his clients on both Mac and PCs, as well as being well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite.

Get to know Thomas:

What is your most prized possession? What couldn’t you live without?
Possessions are replaceable. What I treasure most is my husband, our sweet baby girl (dog), our family and our friends … they are irreplaceable.

What motivates you?
Self improvement motivates me.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve personally seen what would it be?
The lavender fields of Provence.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Any fictional character that can fly. I’ve had a recurring dream since I was a child that I could fly … what an amazing feeling.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow their vision wherever it takes them” – J.F.K., 1963

What event, past, present or future, would you be a part of if given the chance?
This is a really difficult question, and even more difficult to narrow down to one place and time. Tthere are so many. I guess it would be the start of our nation, and to meet our Founding Fathers.

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10 Tips for Being the Best Nanny You Can Be!

2073687Being a Nanny is a profession, and being thoughtful about your profession and working to always improve your skills will help you be the best Nanny you can be.

  1. Look on the bright side! Not only will choosing to think positively help your own personal happiness, it will also help your charges thrive. Children naturally see the good in situations – go ahead, join em’!
  2. Put the phone away. Putting your phone away allows you to truly be engaged with your charges. Whether it be in that game of Candy Land or while preparing a meal, focus on the present and allow yourself to be the engaged, super-star nanny you’re capable of!
  3. Snack healthy. Let’s face it, we all love to snack. Help teach your charges good habits early. Substitute the chips with an apple, or fries with carrots. Allow the kids to make fun shapes and designs with their fresh fruits and veggies. The kids will appreciate the creativity and the parents will be more than grateful for the thought.
  4. Get outside! Enjoying the outdoors with your charges far surpasses a day in front of the television. Fresh air never hurt anyone.
  5. Encourage creativity. Whether it be in the home with a fun craft or out in nature, allow your charges to be their incredible, unique self.
  6. Plan ahead. Before heading in to work, plan fun activities and games to do with your charges. Children thrive when they are kept busy with fun, productive activities.
  7. Arrive on-time. The term “on-time” can be a bit deceiving. Being on-time is actually code for “arrive a few minutes early” – unless they tell you specifically otherwise. Impress your employers with your promptness and reliability.
  8. Get your eight hours. Children oftentimes have more energy than you! Set yourself up for success by arriving on the job rested and refreshed.
  9. Allow your inner-child to shine. Children love to be played with instead of just watched from the sidelines. Get out there and not only be their nanny, be their friend.
  10. Love what you do. Figure out a way to love what you do and it will no longer feel like a “job.”

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Ask MaryPat – “Will I get reimbursed for miles & supplies?”

FAN9035673Dear MaryPat,

I absolutely love my new job! I love little Katie and I’m happy with the schedule and the pay. Thanks for helping me find this job! There is one problem though. Mrs. Smith told me that she would pay for the gas in my car and that she would give me a little spending money to buy food and art supplies for projects but she hasn’t offered me anything yet and I’ve been in the job for three weeks now. I am spending my own money and am getting concerned. What should I do?

- Julia

Dear Julia,

I know that it can be hard to talk about money, but since you are new to the job and the relationship, this is the ideal time for you to address your concerns. Mrs Smith told you that she intended to pay for these expenses, which she should, so let’s let her do so.

You can ask her if you can have a brief meeting to check in on a couple of things. Just like you did in your note to me, start with the positives and let her know how happy you are. Then very clearly ask her how she would like to handle gas and spending money. You can suggest that you could keep a mileage log to be reimbursed for the driving. Mrs. Smith should be reimbursing you for your miles driven on the job at the rate of 57.5 cents per mile. This reimbursement would not include the miles you drive to get to your job or to drive home when you’re done, only the miles you drive once you’re on the job – picking the kids up, running errands, etc. Remember also that this mileage reimbursement rate is set by the IRS, and it typically changes every year.

For the art supplies and stuff like that, perhaps you could arrange to have an envelope with petty cash for food and supplies. You can turn in receipts and keep a list of spending.

We recommend that everyone have a written Work Agreement that outlines pay, reimbursement, time off and job responsibilities. If Mrs. Smith has not put one together then please let her know that you would find it helpful to have a written agreement. Town + Country has a template that we can share with all of you.

Once you have this conversation I expect that you will see it is best to be honest, timely and direct with your employer. I am sure you will have good results!

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Town + Country Opens Two New Offices!

downtown_oakland2Our goal is to make interviews and meetings easier for you!

Both new offices are centrally located and within steps of BART. They’re easy to get to by public transportation or by car.

Be represented, not just registered. We look forward to seeing you at our new locations!

Meet Mimi!

Mimi-Ajlouny-picMimi has worked with Town + Country Resources since 1993! We have had the pleasure of placing her in multiple permanent positions in the past. Most recently, Mimi has been working with our Temp Team to help families with temporary childcare needs.

Mimi has seven years of experience working as a Nanny caring for infants to school age children. She has also worked as a Teacher’s Aid in a Montessori preschool. In her free time she enjoys cooking gourmet meals and spending as much time as she can with her husband and two daughters.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you travel on an epic adventure
The Niala Resort in Thailand.

What is your most prized possession?
My Amazing husband and daughters

What couldn’t you live without?
Pilates

How do you like to spend your downtime?
Spending time with family and also going shopping!

If you won the lottery, what would you do with all of the money?
Donate to the less fortunate, put some money away to secure the future of my children, and indulge in traveling and the finer things in life.

What motivates you?
The drive to be the best wife and mother I can be.

If you’d like to work with Mimi or any of our other outstanding Temp Nannies, call our Temp Department today!

Meet Anita!

IMG_20141230_122404-1Anita is a pitch-in, cheerful and devoted Nanny with over six years of experience. We recently placed Anita in a great full-time position in the South Bay, and we are thrilled she’s found a great family to work for!

Anita volunteered with AmeriCorps from 2008 to 2009 and has assisted in organizing summer programs for the youth in her community. She also volunteers at the annual California Teachers Association conference in San Jose. In her free time, Anita loves to cook, bake, paint, dance and watch football.

Learn more about Anita:

If I could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
“It would be  awesome to visit he Holy Land. To be able to see and experience the places that I highly respect & honor – would be epic!”

What is your most prized possession?
“My most prized possession is my family. As individuals; my spouse, daughter and son and as a family we are irreplaceable.”

What do you enjoy doing in your down time?
“I spend my downtime by actually making a phone call (no texting or email) to catch up with a dear friend or long-distance relative – you’d be amazed at how grateful and happy a friend will be by letting them know that you’re thinking of them and care about them too!”

If you won the lottery, what five things would you do?
“1. Thank God! Yay! Tithe & give.
“2. Start saying goodbyes to neighbors & call a Realtor!
“3. Pick a college for my kids!
“4. Buy a new pair of shades (we’re going on vacation!)
“5. Before going on vacation I would send my parents a really big check !”

Where does your motivation come from?
“My motivation comes from a couple of things, but most of all from my two beautiful children Savannah & Joseph. When I look at them I see how much more I want for them and that includes my being a positive role-model, giving my guidance and most of all , giving all of my love forever. ❤”

If you’d like to learn more about any of the great Nannies we’re working with here in the Bay Area, give us a call!

Looking for a Job? Calling All Potential Nanny Superstars!

2073687With the strengthening economy is coming a growing demand in the Bay Area for Nannies. We are searching for potential candidates with excellent references and a pitch-in, positive attitude! Is that you? If so, we encourage you to apply online at www.tandcr.com.

Why might working as a Nanny be the choice for you? Let’s talk about why it’s such a great job!

  1. Nannying can offer flexible hours and competitive pay. Get paid to spend time with and and having a blast with children!
  2. You create lasting relationships with your family.
  3. Working as a Nanny is the perfect part-time job to supplement your schedule while in school.
  4. You have the ability to positively impact the life of a child by acting as a role model in their life.
  5. Your hands-on experience working with children will undoubtedly benefit you later in life.

So, what are you waiting for? Call us to talk through our recruiting requirements and to find out if you’re the perfect fit!

Meet Shannon & Michelle – New to the T+C Team!

Town + Country is elated to introduce two new team members to the T+C family! The Executive Estate Staffing team is pleased to welcome Shannon Riehman & Michelle Fleming … professional, kind and fun, our T+C team continues to thrive.

ShannonWebGet to Know Shannon:
Shannon grew up in Chicago and then Southern California with her parents and three siblings. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Shannon first worked with Town + Country as a part-time Nanny during college, and later on as a full-time Nanny. After several years of working in customer service for educational technology companies, she is now excited to be a part of the Town + Country team.

What are your goals for the year of 2015?
“Become a Town and Country expert!”

Who are your heroes?
“Dr. Suess, Maya Angelou, my mom – that’s a big question!”

What motivates you?
“Helping others.”

MichelleWebGet to Know Michelle:
Michelle grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of Arizona. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, she moved to Chicago and worked in a private home as a Nanny and Family Assistant. She then continued to work as a Nanny after recently moving back to San Francisco. What she loves about working for T+C is that she gets to help others find great in-home positions.

What motivates you?
“Happy people, seeing them smile.”

What are your top three favorite books?
“My Miette cookbook, The Little Prince and Lunch in Paris. “

What are your long-term career goals?
“To further my education while still helping others. “

We’re so excited that T+C is continuing to grow and improve with two wonderful new members!

Meet Talitha!

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 10.54.04 AMTalitha has seven years of full-time and part-time experience as a professional nanny! Town + Country Resources is incredibly excited to be working with such an experienced Nanny. We have successfully placed her in both permanent and many temporary positions. Talitha is described as being incredibly outgoing and vivacious, known for her cheerful personality. Not only has Talitha gotten incredible reviews from the families she has worked for, she is also very smart and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

This superstar candidate loves to be outside and stay active in her free-time, enjoying walking, running and spending time at her gym.

Town + Country Resources truly appreciates all of your dedication, Talitha!

Get to Know Talitha:

If you could go anywhere, where would you travel on an epic adventure?
“New Zealand is definitely at the top of my list!”

What is your most prized possession? What couldn’t you live without?
“I love to look back at my pictures and reminisce on the incredible memories and experiences I have had.”

What is your favorite part about the holiday season?
“With the cold weather, I love drinking hot chocolate by my fireplace.”

If you won the lottery, what would you do with all of the money?
“So many things – travel all over the world, indulge at all of the finest restaurants, and put a lot away for my savings account.”

What motivates you?
“I’m motivated by my job. Waking up every morning with a purpose that I love is what keeps me inspired.”

Who is your favorite music artist?
“Hands down, The Beatles.”

Who are your heroes?
“My heroes include Dalai Lama and Oprah.”

Describe your typical day off
“My favorite activities on a day off include: lounging around, having a luxurious breakfast, going for a beautiful run outside and having dinner with a girlfriend.”

Our favorite client quote about Talitha: “Talitha was fantastic! I came home to a sleeping child, clean kitchen and Talitha quietly watching TV after figuring out our system all by herself. She’s sweet and friendly, but clearly ran the show and is confident and experienced.”

Give us a call if you’d like to meet Talitha or any of the other great Candidates we’re working with!

 

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