HOW TO WRITE A GREAT PROFILE
Write a great profile that has that wow factor, is informative and concise to help give you success at securing house sitting assignments.
The impression you make in the first few seconds someone is on your house sitting profile is key and optimising it from top to bottom is essential, beginning with your headline.
Your headline needs to summarise who you are and why you’re the prime candidate for the assignment you’re trying to secure.
Much like a Tweet you only have a few words to work with, yet this can work in your favour. Instead of filling your headline with too many words and superlatives, write something that showcases your professionalism and who it is the home owner could be inviting into their home.
You can insert a little of your personality if you wish, but the general consensus between most house sitters is to mention the key parts of your profile.
- Are you a solo house sitter or couple?
- Do you have past experience?
- Do you smoke?
Our tip would be to grab a pen and notepad and write a quick list of the key features you feel make you the best candidate. Once you have your small list challenge yourself to write ten different headlines that include everything from it, whilst trying to keep your headline as short as possible.
Here are a few example headlines:
- Professional Non-Smoking Couple. Early 30’s. Animal Loving. References On Request
- Professional Couple. Willing To Travel. Experienced and Reliable
- Animal Loving Vegan Couple. Work Online. Free To Travel
- Trustworthy Couple. 2 Years of Housesitting Experience
Once you’ve drawn someone further into your profile with your headline it’s time to let people get to know you further. You want people to see that you’re a fun, yet trustworthy person with a personality that a pet or home owner would invite into their home. One of the most effective ways you can connect with the home owner is with photos.
If photos say a thousand words then with your profile you have 4,000 words immediately at your disposal to make a good impression. Of the four photos we recommend that you choose to include:
- Profile picture
- You and a pet
- You working/at home
- Your personality
What better way to summarise your profile is there than in a video? Within a short 60-90 second video you can explain exactly who you are, what experience you have, and show your personality in full.
It should include:
- Who you are
- Where you’re from
- Why you love house sitting
- What experience you have
- Clips of previous house or pet sits you’ve done
If you’ve not enough footage of you with pets at the end you can instead include a few photos of you and your own pets with some background music. Alternatively, grab your camera and ask a friend to spend the day with them and their pet. Play catch, have fun, and capture it all on camera.
If the photos or video haven’t caught the attention of the reader already, your introduction is the crucial first point from where the home owner can get to know who you are and why they should keep reading.
After this first section the home owner will either choose to continue reading, or they’ll be unimpressed and opt to close the window and move onto the next profile.
Capturing their attention is key. Within this introduction of your house sitting profile you need to write both plainly and concisely who you are, where you’re from, what experience you have, and why you’re the prime candidate for any house sitting assignment.
It’s good to mention which countries you’ve house and pet sat in to show how flexible you are in travelling to new assignments. Also mention how old you are whether you’re non smokers, as many home owners state that it’s a trait that they’d prefer.
One great way of immediately grabbing a home owners attention is to start your profile off with a reference. With this ‘proof‘ you can immediately show how trustworthy you are simply by copying one of your references from the bottom of your profile.
No matter where you’re writing your house sitting profile, make it concise and quick to read.
REASONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HOUSE SIT
Why did you sign up to be a house sitter? The answer to this question must not be ‘to stay in cool places for free‘ or anything similar.
Home owners aren’t looking for someone to stay in their house for free. What they are looking for is someone like them who’ll look after their home and pets as if they were their own.
This is the most important section of your house sitting profile (after your references) and writing a killer paragraph or two can be all it takes to help you win the house sitting assignment of your dreams.
Mentioning what you’ll be doing during the house sit is also worthwhile, which can be anything from freelance writing online to starting your own business. Being upfront about how you’ll be spending your time in the house can really help.
How you write this section of your house sitting profile is just as important as the other sections.
Within it you need to not just show any experience you have from other house sitting assignments, you also need to write about what qualities you bring too. These can be skills and an expertise you’ve acquired through your work life, or abilities and knowledge you’ve learned from volunteering previously.
It’s also worth mentioning here any other abilities or qualifications you have which may be useful to the home owner. These can be anything from gardening skills to carpentry. You’d be surprised how many home owners would be happy to know their house sitter is crafty with their hands.
SECURITY AND REFERENCES
Police checks are a simple and effective way of showing a home owner that they can have full confidence in their trusting you with the keys to their home.
References are the most important section of your house sitting profile. The reviews and references in this section are the deal breaker between having your fingers crossed when you send a request and becoming a successful house sitter. The more references you have the more likely it is you’ll be considered; it’s important that you start collecting them as soon as possible.
The best references to have are those from past house sitting assignments you’ve completed, so as soon as you’ve completed a house sit, reach out via email or by phone to the house and pet owners you’ve sat for before.
There are three other references you can request externally too and they are:
- Landlord Reference
- Employment Reference
- Character Reference
Landlord references are the most valuable as they’re a great indicator of how you treat other people’s property. Employment references are great for showing how professional you are, and character references are also very useful, especially if the person giving them is respected in the community (priests / police officers / etc).
The more references you have, the more likely it is your profile will be successful.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE REFERENCES
For those of you without many references the easiest pathway to success is to start by asking your friends and family if you can watch over their homes and pets whilst they are away, even if just overnight or for the weekend. Update your Facebook page offering to house sit or take pets for a walk for free in your area.
Apply for every house sit in your area. You’re more likely to win it than someone who has to travel, plus you have the added advantage of being able to meet with the owner way in advance of their going away which will ease their mind further.
KEEP IT UP TO DATE
Once you’ve took the time to write a great profile, the next step is to keep it up to date. An update profile is a successful profile. Record every experience you earn and every lesson you learn.
Did you do a month long house sit with an ill dog? Include it.
Have you house sat for long durations of six months or more? Mention it.
Every experience shows that you’re capable and eager to help out.
Following every house sit be sure to maintain a good line of communication with the home owner and make sure they leave a reference. Doing really well on a house sit for a month is fantastic but not having a five star reference to back it up is certainly not going to help.
NOW START APPLYING
Now you know how to write a great profile – you’re almost there. You’ve made your notes, taken new pictures, and written the best introduction of your house sitting skills – but you’re not quite there yet!
From today start showing your new killer house sitting profile to as many people as you can by sending as many requests to new house sits as you feasibly can.