I viewed a listing today that prompted me to ponder a point. I will start by saying that I recognize that every owner has a right to establish their requirements, without question, but each requirement might cancel out a capable sitter from applying.
This listing had preference for a couple, but I could not see any requirement that I couldn’t handle (2 cats, no medication requirements, no household tasks inside or out). However, I am a solo sitter.
It also required a police check. There has been great discussion on the forum about this point. I volunteer for two agencies, caring for those in the vulnerable sector. For those, I had a higher-level police check done six years ago, with no requirement for it to be repeated. Further, for more than seven years I have had a Nexus card. Again, much has been said about that here, but I’ll just mention that it involves clearance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and FBI. Nexus would be immediately cancelled for any non-compliance.
My point is that I ask homeowners to give great consideration to the limitations they put on applicants. I will not bother to try and convince these homeowners that I am capable, but I do feel they narrowed down their choices. I think they missed out on a good opportunity to have had a sitter who so far has impressed every homeowner she’s ever sat for, and it’s rare for me to boast in public, but I want to reinforce a point. I wish them well in their search.