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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Holiday Gift Giving – What to give your employee this season!

Frost on PineThe holidays are right around the corner, and there is no better time to show your household and executive staff your gratitude for the quality services they provide for you and your family. Although the gift-giving season can seem a bit daunting, we’ve found that it can be much easier than you might think!

When in doubt, cash bonuses tend to be preferred. Not only are they the easiest gift to give, they are also the most appreciated. In our experience, the equivalent of one to three week’s salary is about right, depending on the number of years of service.

Beyond just money, Town + Country’s candidates have told us over the years that there are certain gifts that are particularly coveted. We’ve compiled the most festive of those suggestions in our Top Ten Employee Gifts List.

Remember, your employees want to feel appreciated for all of their hard work and diligence. Regardless of the gift, it’s the thought that counts. Happy Holidays!

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Are my employers required to give me paid vacation?

MaryPat doesn’t fly around with a black umbrella, but she does have over 20 years of experience as a Child Development Expert. These posts will answer questions about child development concerns & managing your relationship with your employer or employee.

Dear MaryPat,
With the holidays coming up, I was wondering if my family is required to provide paid holidays and paid vacation time off? Any information you might have on the topic would be great! Thanks! -Julie

Hi Julie,
Employers are not required by law to provide paid holidays or vacations but we recommend that they provide two weeks of paid vacation time per year and paid legal holidays as an industry standard. We highly recommend that you have a written work agreement with your family that outlines your schedule, rate and how you will handle time off, including vacations and holidays. We also encourage our candidates and families to coordinate vacations in advance as much as possible.

By the way, employees currently working in San Francisco are entitled to paid sick time after their first 90 days of employment, accrued at the rate of 1 hour of sick time per 30 hours worked. (Some limitations apply.) And starting on July 15th, all full and part time employees in California will get similar rights to paid time off (1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked), though the new California law has a different set of limitations.

If you have paid time off, enjoy it! If you need any help or guidance on this or any other work issues, please call us. We are here to help!

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Our latest Estate Management Seminar – “Becoming More Tech Savvy”

DSC_0018We had a wonderful time at our latest Estate Management Seminar this past Wednesday evening – “Becoming More Tech Savvy.” The event was held at our Town + Country Palo Alto office, and our speaker Ted Hadley delivered a very informative step-by-step instructional on how to use Microsoft Excel to help manage a variety of estate tasks, including a quick tutorial showing attendees how to organize lists and start a new spreadsheet. In addition, two members of the Town + Country team, Shannon Riehman and Sarah Sizemore, briefly touched on how to make the most of Google Calendar and Google Docs.

Stay tuned for information on our next seminar. It’s sure to be another full class! Be sure and “like” our Town + Country Facebook page for updates on upcoming events and seminars. And as always, seminar attendees don’t have to be T+C candidates. Invite your friends, and if they become a T+C candidate, you will be eligible for our referral program! If you refer a who meets our requirements and gets placed in a perm job for 30 days, we will send you a $200 check! We hope you continue to enjoy the holiday season!

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Meet our December Temp Nanny of the Month: Kathy

IMG_7847Town + Country has been working with Kathy since 2006, and have successfully placed her well over 1,000 times! Kathy’s vibrant personality and stand-out skills interacting with families and their children means that clients are regularly requesting. She exudes a great energy and dedicates that energy both to her career as well as to her family – Kathy is a mother of five and a grandmother of 12! Not only is she a favorite among the children she takes care of, parents find her incredibly personable and conversational. Kathy is truly one of our best, consistent and reliable Temp Nannies! We are so fortunate to work with such a well-rounded and engaged nanny on a regular basis!

Get to Know Kathy:

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you travel on an epic adventure?
“Definitely Italy! I’m quite the hopeless romantic.”

How do you like to spend your downtime?
“I love to hike undiscovered trails with my doggy.  I also love exploring second hand stores for hidden treasures.”

What do you love most about a rainy day?
“I love to see the rainbows when the rain ends. Also, nothing compares to breathing in the fresh air scent after a good rain.”

What is your idea of a perfect Saturday night?
“Hands down … dinner and a movie! Nothing better.”

Who is your favorite music artist?
“Too many to choose! Michael Buble, Josh Grobin & Celine Dion.”

If you won the lottery, what would you do with all of the money?
“First, I’d want to help my children out with a little extra money. Then, I would buy a new home and give the rest of the money to charities that help animals and children!”

Our favorite client quote about Kathy: “Kathy was awesome! She was engaged with the kids the entire time, making up games and reading endlessly. All my girls LOVED her. They actually waited by the door anxiously anticipating her arrival. We would be thrilled to have her watch our children again.”

If you’d like to work with Kathy or any of our other great Temp Nannies, give us a call!

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