Finding the perfect sitter begins with creating a Sittercity job post that attracts the best talent for your family. But what does a great job post look like? Just last year, over 50,000 jobs were posted on Sittercity, so the competition to find a great sitter can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to ensure that your job post stands out from the others and gets the right attention:
1. Drive interest with a catchy title.
A strong title can make or break your chances of catching a great sitter’s eye. Titles that are too simple or lack specific information will not fare as well as those that include clear information.
Avoid generic titles such as:
- Sitter needed
- Looking for a sitter
- Great sitter wanted
Be sure to include specific details like the amount of hours needed, which days you’re looking for, full-time vs. part-time, the number of children you have, and/or the age of the children.
Examples of strong titles include:
- Full-time sitter needed for two young toddlers (7AM—4PM)
- Part-time after-school caretaker needed for 10 year old daughter
- Weekend sitter needed for three elementary school children
2. Include clear details and expectations
What kinds of tasks are you hoping your sitter can help with? Each family has different expectations of their sitter’s responsibilities, so spend extra time making a list of child care needs for your family. For example, would you like your sitter to help out with light chores around the house like laundry or meals? Do you want your sitter to drive your children to after-school activities or coordinate playdates? Be as clear and descriptive as possible about sitter expectations in your job post.
3. Talk about your family culture
While it is not necessary to write down your entire family history (and probably not possible in a brief job post), sitters will appreciate if you offer a few small details about your family. Think about what your family values most. Do you care about the environment or giving back to the community? Or maybe you value things like limited media or screen time? Including a few details about what’s important to your family can help sitters get to know you better and makes your post stand out from the rest.
4. Include information on rate and perks
While talking about money isn’t always the most comfortable topic, it’s important to be clear on exactly what rate you expect to pay your sitter. Do your research and learn more about the going rates for sitters in your area.
Additionally, if your family offers any additional perks or benefits, it would be good to include them in your post. For example, if you plan to provide paid vacation or sick days for your sitter, add that information to your post to attract interest. Or if you provide meals or allow your sitter to do schoolwork during your child’s naptime, include that in your post as well!
5. Check your spelling and grammar
Finally, once you’ve written an excellent post that you’re ready to publish, make sure that there are no spelling or grammar errors. Poorly written posts can turn off great potential sitters from being interested in working for your family. Don’t forget to proofread!