Okay, so it happened. You’re overwhelmed with the school year coming up quickly, and between all the things on your to-do list you still haven’t gotten around to one of your biggest tasks: finding an after-school sitter.

We get it — with all the other things on your back-to-school to-do list, it’s easy to miss a few. The good news is, there’s still time to find a great sitter for your family! Here are some tips that you can use to get started on your search today.

1. Make a list of must-haves.

What exactly are you looking for in a sitter? Do you just need someone to come for a few hours after school? Do you need help with drop-off and pick-up? What about half-day care for a younger child? Before you start your your search, figure out exactly what you need, down to the hours a day you’d like a sitter to be available. This will help you narrow your search to sitters that match your needs.

2. Write a job post.

Once you know exactly what qualities you’re looking for in a sitter, post a job on Sittercity. A well-written job post will help attract great candidates in your neighborhood, and you’ll start receiving applications in your inbox. Not sure where to start? Here are few tips for writing a stand-out job post.

3. Search for sitters near you.

No time to wait around for applications to roll in? Search for sitters near you who match your needs. Filter candidates based on hourly rate, location, type of care, and more. Check out sitter profiles to learn more about them, view their certifications, and see if they’re available when you need them.

4. Upgrade to communicate with your favorites!

Once you’ve found a few sitters who look like a great match for your family’s back-to-school needs, upgrade to a premium account to get in touch. Introduce yourself with a direct message, ask any questions you might have, and schedule an interview. Happy hiring!

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