7.) The "Dear Family" Letter.
Among on line au pair profiles one easily comes across those whose idea of a letter to the family or a ("Dear Family" letter as it is popularly known), is a line or two that reads "Dear Family, Choose me, and I assure you, you will not regret it. God bless you." or "Dear Family I am happy you went through my au pair profile and am ready to join your family as soon as possible. I Hope to join you soon." Among the 197 au pair profiles I reviewed, this was more the rule than the exception.
Fact: The more information you the prospective au pair give about yourself, in such an introductory letter to a potential host family, the better the family is able to get a feel for who you are and what you are like. So, a little effort in the form of some extra paragraphs and well thought out content will single you and your au pair application from the other prospective au pairs.
As an example, of the choices facing au pair host-families, imagine this scenario: You plan to be away from home for six months and you are seeking to employ a qualified person to look after the persons you cherish most and who depend on you entirely. It may be your elderly parents or grand parents, your children, your sick parent... You receive two applications from two candidates. Both have filled out the application form you provided, and both have attached an accompanying letter. One accompanying letter simply reads "Dear Madam/Sir, Please give me this job and you will not be disappointed. Yours faithfully X".
The other applicant has written you a much longer letter where she introduces herself, giving some information on her personal and professional background. She also explains why she thinks she would be able to perform the work involved and her experience with similar work and how this opportunity fits in her overall personal and professional plans. She equally mentions that if need be, she would be able to provide you with references from people she has worked with or worked for. So, my question to you is, which of these two applicants seems worth following up on ? The second one of course!
The following parts a) to e) provide tips for the content of you introductory letter or "Dear Family" letter. Here's what I recommend...
An Example of a "Dear Family" Letter
"Dear Family" Letter Do's and Don't's