Nobody wants me :-( Advice for a first time house sitter?

Hya @kathycalderbank
It’s frustrating isn’t it being at ground zero isn’t it? It is a place where we have all been and it feels uncomfortable but as my peers have shared most excellent advice, my only contribution is to be patient and compassionate with yourself.
Those local sits are golden gateways to a world that is waiting for you. As you peruse the forum, you will see how much is out there and how many HOs and pets are looking waiting for you. Many of these HOs are also first timers, a bit nervous and anxious and those local sits and reviews will help greatly to ease their concerns.
all the best

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Hi there Ive sent you a sit request…we would love for you to stay and look after Tia for us. Please let us know and hopefully meet up soon. Kind regards Jo

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Thanks for considering me @Jo-Andy, but I had to decline because, as noted in my profile, ‘I currently have no availability for 2022’. I hope you find someone soon. Regards, Andrew

Hi @kathycalderbank and welcome to the Community Forum. I know it can be very difficult to get that first sit…especially when you want to go outside your home area. Since you are having difficulties and have received requests near your home, you might want to do just a couple of them to get the references needed for homeowners to feel comfortable with you traveling to their home, possibly in a different Country. I would also just suggest putting a few more pictures on your profile showing you with pets. Owners love to know that you are comfortable with different pets, even if your profile states so.

I would also suggest you link your profile to the forum by clicking How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile). This will give you an extra layer of exposure for homeowners to see and possibly reach out to you for that first sit.

Please do re-consider not leaving TrustedHousesitters, as I am sure you will be happy once you have found the perfect sit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our of our team to assist.

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@kathycalderbank : Hi ! Where would you like to petsit ? It seems to me there is a lot of offers with 0-3 applications on the site. I’m sure one of them would be glad to hear from you. If you are interested in Nashville, Tenessse, USA around December, my daughter recently posted her assignment.
Good luck. Many of us went through that at first.
Brigitte

I’ve been on this site for more than 8 months and have YET to Secure a sit. WOW! Discouraged doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel. I’m a trustworthy, reliable , easygoing millennial who loves animals . I thought Trusted house sitters would be a great fit for me since I work in an industry that gives plenty of downtime and freedom to travel but every time I apply for a sit- I swiftly get denied. I understand that preference is given to those who have pets of their own and to those who have experience/reviews but how can I gain experience if nobody will give me a chance? :slight_smile: I’ve taken care of pets and homes before, I’m more than capable of being an amazing sitter but no home owners will give me a chance. I must admit, after each rejection, I take a break from this site and just continue traveling because I’m starting to think HO’S may think I’m totally inadequate or maybe i look like a bank robber LOL which is quite disheartening. I think I’ve applied to 8 sits in total. I’m INTERESTED TO KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK NEW SITTERS (Specifically the ones without pets of their own) to secure their first sit? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE LOOK OVER MY PROFILE and tell me what I’m doing wrong? Sadly I wont be renewing my membership if I can’t lock in a sit within a year of being on this site. Looking forward to hearing your input…

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Same here ! Nobody wants me either and I’m a 37 year old female . I’m starting to realize priority is given to people (especially younger folks with pets of their own ) … I saw one Home owner who specifically stated that he wanted college kids for his sit . Beats me !

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If you post a link of your profile you might get some helpful suggestions. A lot of sits specifically ask for women, especially single and “mature” (whatever that means). There is actually a bias against people of college age and we didn’t even try to sit in our 20s. We were lucky to get invited to our first sit because we are vegan, maybe there is something about you that makes you stand out? The first sit was also during Christmas (high demand for pet sitters!) and was not the most attractive or least challenging.

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The first sit is always the most difficult to get. Once you get your first you will hopefully receive a review from that and once you get a review its is easier to get your second, when you get your second review it becomes MUCH easier to get your third…and so on.

Having pets of your own is not necessarily an advantage as you will need someone to care for your pets whilst you care for others. There are sits advertised that will allow you to take your own pets but your options are more limited.

So, how to get your first sit? You need to apply for as many as you can preferably those that are likely to have the least competition. Stay local to keep your travel costs down, one or two night sits are excellent to quickly build up your reviews.

If you have applied for 8 sits in great locations or amazing accommodation types then you are going to struggle. applying for one a month really is not enough to get you going.

When we started just over a year ago we had no experience and no pets of our own - we applied for about 30 sits in the first week and got accepted for one of those - from there it got easier and we are currently on our 23rd sit!

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As you have asked for someone to look at your profile you can add this to your Forum profile, here is the link to help you do this How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile

Doing this will allow other members to view and give the constructive feedback you’ll find helpful often tweaking profiles and application messages has the biggest impact.

It took me 2 months and constantly making applications before I was successful and even though I have numerous reviews and over 12 years of experience I still get refusals … owners connect with applicants for many different reasons, a refusal is not personal in anyway.

Our community are both supportive and helpful you have certainly come to the right place, please feel free to ask any question also the website blog has some great advice an information. Like this article

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@Akila-Kiki Sorry you are finding it hard to get your first sit. I’m a relatively new sitter on here (joined mid May). For your first sit I can suggest a local sit. That’s what I did. It still took me a number of applications to get to my first video chat and then my first confirmed sit. I’ve now done 3 sits (including my first one abroad recently) and have another 3 confirmed sits. I won’t lie although it gets easier with 5 star reviews you still get rejections. I think the key I’ve found is to have a few applications on the go for places and times I want to travel. You can always withdraw an application and say sorry but I’ve confirmed another sit but interested in future sits.
Good luck and keep being persistent.
BTW Just checked my applications for my first sit before I got that confirmed one…23 rejections!

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Don’t give up! It’s been a while since I crunched the numbers, but my stats for my first few months were about a 4% success rate. This means you’d better expect to apply to 20-30 sits to get one. Instead of saying “I’ve applied to 8 sits” say “I’m going to apply to 8 sits a day for a while”. You’ll get one in no time.

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Also, make sure you’re using the alert feature on the app so you can save your searches for favourite locations and apply right away when you get the alert. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hi @Akila-Kiki .
Where are you looking to petsit ? Europe ? North or South America ? Asia ? Oceania ? Can you inform us and link your profile ? As written previously we could then support you better.

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Thank U very much for this advice :grinning:

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Thank you for this! Such Helpful information :hugs: … I live in Toronto However and I dont think there are that many sits to go around. I was thinking of traveling to a city where there are lots of sits available so My odds are better but I’d stay at an airbnb until I could secure a sit… any thoughts on this?

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Wow, 23 rejections I had no idea rejections were so common. I need to keep applying then! Thank YOU :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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@Akila-Kiki I disagree with you about Toronto sits. I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario and regularly see Toronto sits, some of which remain at 0-3 applicants for some time, or get boosted because of lack of applicants. There are currently 12 sits available for Toronto, with 6 of those with August dates. There’s also one within an hour’s driving distance from Toronto that’s just for two days and is coming up soon.

I suggest you embed your sitter profile into your forum username/profile. Perhaps a few tweaks to your profile based on constructive feedback from forum members will make that all-important difference.

I also suggest you set up a saved search for Ontario on the app and you’ll then get notifications for any new listings for all of Ontario. You will need to make sure your phone is also set for the notifications. You may find this post or this post helpful.

If you’re unsure of how to do things, use the magnifying glass and search key words, such as ‘saved searches’ or ‘notifications’. If you don’t find your answer there, come back to the forum and members will help you.

I am a single, female and it took a really long time before I was getting sits regularly. After I had two reviews, it was a turning point, and now I get accepted more frequently. I also think it is important to have a strong profile and I follow up my application with a BIO as well.

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Come to wisconsin…i needed a sitter bad. Had 3 cancel.