We prefer a babysitter who is comfortable with a dog (Boston Terrier) and CPR training a bonus.
We typically like to get some mommy and daddy time a few times a month, and we usually know at least a couple of weeks in advance. We have a 3y boy and 9y girl. Typically we leave around the youngest bedtime and will be home around 2:30a, sometimes earlier or later. Really we just need someone trustworthy to be here while we are away, though you'll mostly just be watching TV or surfing the internet while the kids sleep.
We'd like to get to meet you in advance and let the children get comfortable with you. We'll pay for your time to interview if you like. We have some family and another regular babysitter, but we'd like to keep a backup when others are not available. My best guess is that we'd need someone once a month or so for the backup.