Unread and declined applications for sits

I’ve asked this question of sitters also. I’ve just had two of my applications for sits declined without the houseowners having read my applications (shown as ‘unread’) which I always take time over and personalise. This is very disappointing and, I think, quite discourteous. I appreciate that things can change at the moment but it would be nice to know that my applications were going to be read and a reason given for declining them.
Is any houseowner who has done this willing to explain why?


I always answer to each applicant, giving my reasons(they don’t speak french, have no references yet and I’m anxious, considering which happened to my dogs in the past, they want to come with kids, it sounds like a very long way to come for a short one week sit from Thailand -I’m afraid they might cancel later on if they find a longer sit in my country…)
I stop my ad after I made a choice (less than a week) or put in on pause if too many people have answered in one day (which happens when you suggest 3 weeks in Provence during summer in a garden + pool…)


I’ve found that if I don’t “pause” applications the number can get overwhelming. I do try to read each application and give a response tho. But I try and pause them quickly.


As a sitter (albeit a novice) I appreciate that approach, thank you!

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Is there any chance that it’s the sort of unread that you see on WhatsApp, or if the recipient has turned off the function to notify as read in their mail client? The owner has seen it but not opened it properly? I’m not an owner, I’m just hypothesising.
Pretty rude not to respond, even if it’s a stock reply though.

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Yes, most people do read the ads but I’ve recently had a few (and in the past) that haven’t been read. I doubt this is like WhatsApp but may be wrong. Also lost of ads are showing ‘ sitter no longer required) before having a reply but, as you say, that could be because the owner has paused it and is reading all the applications thus far. I did get a very nice groups message yesterday from an owner addressed to all applicants explaining she was pausing the ad while she read the applications and would get back to us all at the end of next week. Now why can’t others do that?


It’s the least that owners should do once they accept an application isn’t it? Common courtesy really. We have had a few unread messages where the sit is then unsuccessful.


Good question…

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Hello Smiley
I recall as a home owner before I began sitting myself, that I was so overwhelmed with applications that I didn’t know where to start. While I created a standard ‘thank you, I have found a sitter’ response and sent it to all who applied, I recognise that some home owners are either overwhelmed, too busy/ distracted or not organised about responding. The best advice I have for sitters is to not take it personally and continue to apply for the sits that are most important to you. Also, have a master response that gives a real sense of who you are and that you are available for the sit. I cut and paste a solid standard application response and then modify it slightly to acknowledge what’s relevant for that sit. Very rare that I don’t get acknowledgement as I think it helps me to stand out. Keep at it and don’t lose heart! Warmly, Lisa


When we get rejected for a sit.
We always thank them for replying
Its the ones who don’t that we dislike
We take note of it and don’t reapply for any of their sits.