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

@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.