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Now host families can see au pairs on video
Jane Kind, VideoAuPair.com site owner, raised her children with the help of au pairs. When YouTube launched, the potential for video au pair introductions seemed obvious so she built a video based au pair site of her own.
For au pair job seekers, video introductions have three advantages over conventional still pictures.
• Parents and children can enjoy a richer impression of each candidate’s personality.
• They can hear the au pair speaking the host country language.
• They are assured that the candidate has makes a special effort.
Still picture-based au pair sites make it so easy for the applicant to post a profile in a few minutes. Parents can’t be sure that the young foreigner smiling in the photograph is really serious about the responsibilities they are going to take on. The extra effort of making a video reassures parents with a demonstration of commitment. See http://www.youtube.com/
For the au pair, a better selling pitch is important. Since the Crunch, there are fewer families offering places. On some au pair web sites there are three au pairs for every family looking. So two out of every three hopefuls are going to be disappointed. An introduction that shows greater initiative and drive is going to attract more interest.
Families can also upload videos on to http://www.videoaupair.com. Families that live in the world’s glamorous capitals attract lots of applicants. But families in less fashionable locations can enhance their appeal with a warm and appealing family video.
VideoAuPair has attracted girls and boys and families from all over Europe, America and Canada, talking to camera from their own homes. The candidates script their own clips, and the result is a fresh and insightful presentation.
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Video au pair introductions impress host families. Parents and children can see more of the au pair's character and hear them speak the host country language. The extra effort of making a video reassures parents with a demonstration of commitment.