New to the forum and applying for sits

Hi…I’m new to the forum and wondering if I should get a response from a housesitting request. I’ve applied and have not heard whether or not they received my application.

Hello @luvdoggies and a very warm welcome to the Community Forum :wave:t2::slightly_smiling_face:

How long has it been since you submitted your application? Some homeowners will respond quickly, others will take their time. We have submitted an application and had a video call within the next hour of doing so and also waited around 6 weeks for another to respond.
Also remember you can submit more than one application, just remember to withdraw your other applications if you confirm a sit.

Also, for reference, as a member you can also add your TrustedHousesitters profile on to your Forum profile by following the attached link, should you wish. This will then enable others to offer you helpful advice and feedback.

If you are unsure how to do this, or if you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to ask, we are all more than happy to help.

Also, remember you can use the spyglass symbol at the top of the page next to the TrustedHousesitters logo and search for any questions that you may have as they have most likely already been answered on here and of course if not then please just ask! :blush:

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You might not hear for a few days. Then again you might. I eventually withdraw from a sit after mulling it over and not hearing anything for about 3 weeks! It’s fine to apply for multiple sits even if the dates overlap. You can withdraw your applicantion if you get one of the sits. It’s not really necessary to write again to check if they got your application. Your application of course should always come with a not too long note that makes it clear you read the application and explains why you’d be the perfect sitter. I’ve noticed that homeowners will often wait until they get a certain number of applicants before responding. In the more popular areas, you are likely to get a “decline” more quickly so that homeowners can see other applications.

I’m new to the site and recently applied for a sit. I was the fourth applicant. I checked to see if it was taken and then it said two applicants. I checked today and it said one applicant. Do the request for sitters delete all previous applicants if they are not interested and leave the post up until they get the one they want? And, do they not notify you if you were not chosen for their sit? Thank you for any information regarding this.

Thank You for your response. All this advise is really helpful for a beginner.

Thank You for your response. I didn’t know I could send an application twice to the same request for a sit. I was wondering if I would get a decline notice. Appreciate your answer.

No, that’s not what meant.Sorry. I meant you could apply for other sits while you are waiting to hear back.

If there were four applicants and now there is only one or two, it either means that the applicants withdraw OR the HO declined them. Sometimes HOs immediately decline sitters they don’t think are appropriate hoping to get more applicants. There is no one way of doing this. Some HOs will write to you and tell you they are declining and give you a reason. Sometimes you might declined automatically when they choose someone else and that person accepts (confirms) the sit. Just check your notifications or even directly check your inbox to see if you’ve received messages from the HO. If you sent them a phone number in your application note, check your messages.

@luvdoggies you can see whether or not they have read your initial message. It will say “unread” or “read” below the message that you initially sent to them. If it has been “read,” at least you know that your application has been received.

If you want to send them another message, you can send one below your initial message. You can write something like, “I hope you have received my application, and I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible” or whatever message is appropriate to your particular circumstances.

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Thank you very much.

Got it…thank you.

We usually get accepted straight away, with another it was 4 weeks later as they hadn’t finalised their plans (we didn’t know that at the time of applying).

But it is more likely to be that you didn’t ideally suit them (because you have no reviews), but at the same time, they didn’t want to rule you out in case no one better came along.

Nowadays (ie now that we have reviews) if someone doesn’t accept us within 3 days we withdraw our application and stay focused on other opportunities that come along. I just prefer to be focused on moving forward with people who contact us back quickly, as we know they want ‘us’ rather than someones back up plan, but until you have a few reviews you need to be more flexible.

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Thank you.