If you’re new to house sitting or pet sitting, you’ll need to subscribe to a website to get access to assignments. They will all expect you to write a profile to advertise yourself to prospective home owners.
Your house sitting profile is your “sales pitch”. It needs to be creative and compelling but also honest and reassuring. Your profile is a bit like a CV or resume. Home owners are keen to find out as much information about the people who will be caring for their home and beloved pets.
There’s a lot of discussion about trust in the world of house sitting, and yes, it’s a very important element of a successful house sit. But unfortunately there are some people in this world who abuse trust, and if you’ve had a bad experience, it’s not always easy to take others at face value.
Your profile is the starting point for building trust between you and the home owner. Whatever you can do to reassure home owners of your own credibility, reliability and integrity will help you both move towards a successful house sitting assignment.
Of course this is a two way exchange. You also need to feel comfortable with the home owners and their expectations of you while you look after their home and pets.
Step 1 – Research
Read other people’s profiles to see how they present themselves. Use these as inspiration. But remember, your profile is unique to you and it should showcase your own skills, experience and personality.
Step 2 – Profile Photos
All good house sitting sites have an area for you to load one or more photos. The first photograph seen as part of your profile is very important. It’s the first visual impression a home owner gets of you. If they see a great, sharp high quality image of a happy smiling person or couple, it gives instant reassurance. If you have one with a dog, cat or other pet, that’s even better, but it’s not a necessity.
Step 3 – Profile Title
Your profile title is of equal importance to your photograph. This title should sum you up and show what you are offering. It’s at this point that the home owner will make the decision to click and find out more information about you. You need to make your title count! Remember you are providing a service for them. Whilst many home owners are keen to help you as much as you are them, at this stage they are probably not putting too much importance on your own plans for travel. They have a need to fulfil and so your profile title should reflect your ability to meet that.
Step 4 – Profile Content
To make your content stand out, present yourself passionately, with confidence and genuine enthusiasm. How you portray yourself could make a big difference to your success, so give this plenty of thought. Many websites break their profiles down into the following categories:
- Why I want to house sit
- What I bring to the assignment
- Relevant experience
You should include as much relevant and unique information in these categories as possible. Be open about why you want to house sit, what you hope to gain through the experience and whether you will be alone, with a partner or as a family.
Step 5 – Other information to include
Here are some of the topics you should consider:
- Describe yourself – your hobbies, interests and accomplishments
- Describe your pet care experience
- Talk about your current lifestyle
- Talk about countries you have visited or lived in and travel experience
- Detail your skills and languages
- Detail anything that reflects your personality as trustworthy
Step 6 – Style tips
Write your first draft profile, and then edit it to cut out all unnecessary words. Make it concise and easy to read while being clear about all relevant information.
Write and rewrite if necessary and remember to spell check. Write your profile in active, present tense – this engages the reader more avidly.
When you’ve completed your first draft, ask a close friend or family member to review it. You may find that they highlight aspects of your character that you have overlooked.
Step 7 – Completing your online profile
Type up your profile in word or another editor so It can be cut and pasted into the website of your choice. Make a final review of your profile before listing it. You may be asked some other standard house sitting questions as part of your application. If you have any references you may also be able to load these when you register online.
It’s a competitive market
Most good house sitting assignments will get a lot of enquiries, sometimes up to as many as a 100 applications. Making your profile stand out above the rest will ensure that you get short listed for your ideal house sits.
There’s a lot of competition in this growing market so a cracking profile is now very important to help you secure the assignments of your choice.
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