"I'd like to thank HouseCarers.com for the most amazing year. You have enabled me to travel around New Zealand, doing what I love, looking after
people's pets whilst they take a carefree holiday.
A match made in Heaven. Thank you... Sue (icare88)
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"Hi Sue Great news about the housesits. It is always good to hear stories like yours.
Where have the housesits been = locations?"
Housesits since last October
St Johns, Auckland
Havelock North, Hawkes Bay
Lake Tekapo - Till August
Blenheim - In August" Regards Sue
Wow - that is very impressive.
Do you have any tips for successfully applying for
a housesit? regards Ian"
Well, I have actually only been 'unsuccessful' with about 5 applications.
The first I never heard back from (which was rather rude), the second accepted me but gave the position to someone else without telling me - so I was very grateful not to be going there! The others were not happy about me taking my dog Dante with me - so that was OK.
When I am applying for a job, I try to read between the lines for what the owner is looking for. Mostly, I believe my success is due my love of animals. Dog lovers want someone who will take care of their dogs like they are their own, they are like their children and they really worry about them. So I make the animals my priority. I have also built a reputation for looking after the properties and leaving them in immaculate condition. And I have built up my references with contact numbers so that owners can call and check them out. I know that helps. However, I do have an attitude of trusting that I will be in the right place at the right time and I have been pretty flexible about travelling. I get a gut feeling for the places I want to apply for and only apply for the ones that feel right.
I hope that helps.
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