The topic of hiring in the pet sitting industry is nothing new.
We all have our own thoughts on IC vs. employee, pay percentage vs. flat rate, the best application and hiring process, and the list goes on.
There are many angles and approaches that are acceptable and work perfectly for each individual.
But what happens if you don’t get the first step in the process right?
Venturing into the waters of the hiring process is no easy feat.
It requires many big decisions to be made along the way, and it means that you are experiencing growth, which can conjure up many emotions in any business owner (fear, concern, excitement, anticipation to name a random few).
And it’s not usually a two-day process either, but rather a bit longer one with unplanned twists and turns.
Getting Step 1 Right
No matter which route you take, it all begins with the ad you place to attract the attention of your most perfect, ideal pet sitter candidate.
In my Pet Sitter Independent Contractor Toolbox (over at PetSittingOlogy), one of the tools included is a sampling of 28 different ads actually used by pet sitters looking to hire a pet sitter.
That got me thinking…
What qualities or requirements do you feel are the most important to include in an effective online ad when looking to hire?
Top 5 Things To Include in Your Pet Sitter Ad
From analyzing the 28 ads I compiled in my IC toolbox, a handful of common requirements became evident. Do understand that every business owner is different, with different needs and goals.
At the end of the day, you’ll want to include what works for you. Here, then, are the 5 requests most ads had in common:
The vast majority request at least a 6-12 month commitment from the pet sitter coming on board.
–Be in good physical shape
It’s important that any person applying understands the strength needed to handle some of the big breed dogs.
The new pet sitter will be responsible for all transportation, to and from pet sitting jobs. A reliable car is imperative. It’s also important to note up front that gas is at the expense of the pet sitter.
–Have a neat and clean appearance
Some may think that spending all day with cats and dogs gives them a free pass to slack on appearance. Don’t forget that the sitter will usually be meeting all clients during the meet-n-greet so a neat appearance is expected to make a good first impression.
–Cell phone and Email
Communication is key. Access to email on a daily and regular basis, along with a reliable cell phone, is vital to the success of your sitter.
What Else Would You Add To The List?
So, help us add to the list.
What do you think is absolutely essential to include IN THE AD to spell out up front and get the ball rolling? (comment below.)
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