Does having 'applicants' on your listing put off other sitters applying?

We think that HOs might already be in a conversation with someone or have video calls scheduled. Sometimes the HO plainly must have forgotten to take down the listing. 1-2 applicants might not put us off too much, but if there are already 4+ and the listing is a few days old we usually don’t bother.

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Great to see your listing now has 3 applicants @kmj. Good luck!

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For me it depends on how many others have applied. If it’s only 2 or 3 I would definitely apply, if it’s 30 which sometimes does happen, no I wouldn’t apply. There are many variables on choosing to apply for a sit. That’s especially true for me on sits involving dogs.

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You won’t ever see more than four applicants now.

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Where have you been for the past 6 months? You’ll never see more than 5 applicants

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FWIW @kmj, now that I have read your post & seen your listing I have saved you as a “dream sit” as I would 100% have applied if I had not arranged elsewhere for Christmas and would apply if you need a sitter in the future. It doesn’t mean you would like or accept me of course :joy: but just FYI I applied for my Christmas sit on Oct 15th, so planning early for next time might help.
Good luck; I can’t believe you have so few applicants as Ivy & Bindi look adorable (and your anonymous hen of course!)

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It doesn’t put me off at all if there are other applicants. Not at all.

When I first joined I of course had no reviews, so I had to apply to several before I got my first sit. I was applying for all the ones I liked regardless that they had 4-7 applicants (before the new 5 max rule). And twice I was lucky and beat the other applicants because they were either tourists or from overseas and the UK HOs wanted Brit sitters so there’d be fewer complications.

So sitters, don’t be put off by other applicants. There could be many reasons why the other applicants are not suitable.

And now especially with the 5 maximum rule, apply while you have the chance. I find it a shame and a waste that some sitters would not apply if they see that others had.

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We ended up with 5 applicants in total at different times. I have now secured a house sitter for Christmas so I guess multiple applicants was not a deterrent in this case. Thank you again for all your wonderful advice here, we are feeling much more confident that our dogs shall be happy and our first THO experience will be a success!

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Yay! So glad you are all sorted… @kmj.

Your doggies look adorable. I saw your sit initially and was then already committed looking after a gorgeous golden retriever.

I am sure your lucky sitters will love their Christmas stay.
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It doesn’t put me off as I know I am excellent at pitching (not to toot my own horn but yes) and have been chosen in a confirmed way despite there being other applicants.

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Same here- if we really want a Sit we will always apply despite the applicant numbers (now ofcourse limited to 5) We got a sit once when there 25+ applicants- it was only 4-7 when we applied- One week later still no decision so we sent a very enthusuastic follow up and got the Sit! The host was procrastinating & our 2nd msg tipped the balance in our favour! :blush:

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Yes! In my copywriting business, I learned that many people may not reply to the first pitch but will to the follow-up one and positively so!

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