Sittercity iPhone app helps caregivers apply for jobs on the fly

Oct 27, 2009
Finance

Sorry, Mom and Dad, this app is not for you. If you want to get a sitter for date night, you’ll have to subscribe to sittercity.com and work through the Web site. Sittercity.com does not offer an iPhone app for its customers yet. The Sittercity app is designed for caregivers. If you’re a babysitter, housekeeper, […]

Sorry, Mom and Dad, this app is not for you. If you want to get a sitter for date night, you’ll have to subscribe to sittercity.com and work through the Web site. Sittercity.com does not offer an iPhone app for its customers yet.

The Sittercity app is designed for caregivers. If you’re a babysitter, housekeeper, tutor, dog walker, or senior care provider, you can register through sittercity.com and use the app to apply for positions in real time.

Unfortunately, most of the heavy lifting has to be done on Sittercity’s Web site. The app provides a feed of job opportunities, and that’s it. You can adjust your search by zip code and the distance you are willing to travel, but if you sign up as a babysitter and want to look for tutoring jobs, for example, you have to go to the Web site to fill out the application forms.

What a pain in the rear.

Once you set up your profiles on the site, though, you can browse available positions and send emails through Sittercity’s secure email system. The ads describe the positions in question and provide as much information as the employer is willing to give. You’ll always get the date when the ad was posted, as well as distance information relative to your search terms, but details like payment rates are up to the employer to provide.

Sittercity is a free app, and if you’re caregiver who wants an edge on applying to sittercity.com job opportunities, it’s worth picking up.

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