When people go on vacation, they can take Fluffy to a kennel, have their neighbors look in on their house, and hope that their plants survive. Or, they can hire a professional house sitter. House-sitting jobs have their benefits—a change of scenery, the opportunity to play with a puppy if you don't have one, and some cash in your pocket.
As a house sitter, you'll do basic house cleaning, water plants, collect mail, feed pets, maintain the pool, pull weeds, and keep the house secure. You might make one or more daily visits to a house, or if the homeowners will be gone for an extended period, you may be hired to stay in the house for security reasons.
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The most important traits for being a house sitter are trustworthiness and reliability. You also need experience caring for a home, pets, and other tasks your house-sitting job requires. You can pick up house-sitting skills on the job, working for friends and family at first. If you're staying in a home for more than a few days, it can be helpful if you have some basic mechanical or maintenance skills to fix a leaking sink or a running toilet. Taking courses in pet-sitting that will award you a certificate and completeing a class from the Red Cross in pet CPR can make you more valuable to pet owners.
When you find a house-sitting job opening, applying with a resume that includes recent references will show that you are professional, trustworthy, and organized. If you don't have a current resume, you can take a look at Monster's sample resumes and resume writing tips. Pick a sample you like, and use it as a template for your information. Adding a cover letter to your resume helps you to look as polished as possible and serves as a personal introduction to your potential clients—which is especially important when you're being invited into someone's home. We have cover letter templates and writing tips to jump-start the writing process.
Before you're hired to house-sit, the homeowner will want to meet you, talk to you, and ask a few questions. An interview also gives you an opportunity to see the house, meet the pets, and ask questions of clients, too. To prepare, you can take a look at our sample interview questions, which will help you to be your best when you're in front of a potential customer.
House sitters can be paid by the hour, by the day, or by a set fee. When you're paid by the hour, you might be paid similarly to a housekeeper at $11.69 per hour or a pet care worker at $13.67 per hour. Monster's Salary Tools can help you find out what house-sitting jobs pay in your area.
Are you ready to pack a bag and find house-sitting jobs? Start clicking on the jobs right here to see what opportunities are available. Then, don't forget to create a profile on Monster so you can connect with recruiters, get custom job alerts, and much more.