Finding A House Sitter Jobby John Philip Green • June 25, 2012
Using that extra bit of time we have to make some extra cash sounds very tempting and one of the ways you can do this is by becoming a house sitter. Whether you want to work full time or part time, there are a few things that every house sitter candidate must consider beforehand:
First and foremost, have your resume ready.It should include your work experience and job history. Its is preferable if you do have experience in the industry or job that you are applying to but it is not a must. Your resume, include qualifications and skills which you believe will make you the ideal candidate for the position of house sitter. These skills include: ability to work independently and being highly disciplined and organised. In addition, make sure that you prepare a list of references that prospective clients can call.
Put up an ad on the local newspaper, print out flyers and hand them out in busy areas of the city, ask friends and family for help. Business cards is also another way to draw some interest because people tend to hold on to business cards more than flyers and ads on newspapers.
Sign Up With A House Sitting Agency
There are professional house sitting agencies that have access to a large number of clients. Therefore it would be beneficial if you could sign up with one of these agencies. The agency may also be able to match your qualifications to available positions.
During the interview, make sure you convey to the client that you are capable of handling the job. One of the ways to do this is by stating situations where you have displayed the qualifications and skills required for their position. Be energetic and answer the questions in a professional but calm manner. It is always important to make a good first impression.
Ask For Referrals
Once you get the house sitting job, ask for referrals. Often your client will know other people who will require house sitting services and could use your services.
Additional House Sitting Job Interview Tips
An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your housesitting skills to the client, so it is vital that you be well prepared. The following provides some helpful hints.
Do some research on the client to get insight into what kind of person they are looking for.
Review your qualifications for the job.
Be ready to briefly describe your experience showing how it relates it the job.
Be ready to answer broad questions, such as “Why should I hire you?”, “Why do you want this job?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Practice an interview with a friend or relative.
Be well groomed.
Do not chew gum or smoke.
Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
Use good manners with everyone you meet.
Relax and answer each question concisely.
Use proper English-avoid slang.
Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
Use body language to show interest-use eye contact and don’t slouch.
Ask questions about the position and make it an engaging conversation.
Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
Before you leave, thank the client for agreeing to see you and offer a firm handshake.
Send a short thank you note.