You’re a hard worker, and you’re looking for a career that lets you do what you love. You want to be able to go home every day feeling like you’ve done something worthwhile. Well, guess what?
The housekeeping industry is booming! And with the right training and attitude, it can be an amazing place for your career.
In this article we’ll explore how to land your dream job as a housekeeper: from telling your client about your background and experience, to stay positive and professional throughout the process and beyond. So let’s get started!
Be Honest About What You Can Do
The first thing to remember when applying for a job is that honesty is the best policy. No one wants an employee who oversells their abilities or underestimates the work involved (unless they’re paying you less than minimum wage).
If you’re not sure how to clean something, don’t be afraid to ask for help your boss may have experience cleaning that area and could teach you how.
If there’s no time in your schedule for more hours or projects, it’s okay to say no it’s better than promising something that will end up being too much stress on top of everything else on your plate at home.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more money if there are tasks outside of housekeeping that seems necessary.
But aren’t included in your wage package; sometimes employers will overlook these things because they don’t think people notice them (and therefore won’t bother asking), but they’re usually worth negotiating when appropriate!
Be Clear About What You Do, And Don’t Do
When you’re interviewing, it’s important to be clear about what you do and don’t do. You’re not a maid. You’re not a babysitter, cook or personal assistant. You are not a therapist, life coach, or nanny nor are you an aspiring doctor or nurse.
One of the worst things that can happen is when people fall into that trap and wind up doing more than they bargained for because they’ve taken on responsibilities outside their job description.
Even if you don’t get a job right away, stay positive and optimistic. Don’t let your thoughts become negative; instead, focus on the positive aspects of the situation. Don’t take things personally, and don’t let other people’s negativity get to you.
Keep in mind that even if one employer doesn’t want to hire you at this time, there will almost certainly be another opportunity down the road; remember that nothing is permanent!
If something negative happens with an employer or a cleaning job maybe they treat you poorly or cut your pay just remember that it isn’t personal; this person may not have been very professional in dealing with staff before hiring someone else from the service.
Keep these tips in mind as well:
- Asking for help when needed can prevent problems from escalating out of control
- Keeping cool under pressure is often more important than having all the answers
Learn How To Clean
Cleaning is a skill that can be learned. It takes time, practice, and patience to master the art of cleaning. The first step in learning how to clean is reading books on cleaning or watching videos on YouTube.
After reading or watching videos, you should try practicing on your own house before moving on to helping friends and neighbors clean their houses.
If you’re having trouble finding a job as a housekeeper because you don’t know anything about cleaning or have never cleaned before at all (even your own house), then this is an opportunity for growth! Don’t panic; it’s not as bad as it sounds!
Know Your Services Well
You’re going to need to know the products you use, the equipment you use and the methods of cleaning. You want to be familiar with each item in your cleaning kit so you can discuss it with the hiring manager.
They will be impressed that you are knowledgeable about these things and value them enough to learn more about them before starting your job.
If they ask what kind of products do I use? Or how many tools do I have? Or what type of equipment is used by my company?
You should have an answer ready for them because this demonstrates that you are well prepared for this interview and have taken steps towards being successful on their team.
Plan Ahead And Be Ready For The Job
Prepare yourself. You don’t need to be a professional, but you should at least have the right equipment and supplies on hand.
The right tools and equipment: You will want to make sure that you have all of the tools that are necessary for performing your duties as housekeeper.
This will include things like cleaning products, brooms and mops, vacuums, dusters, rags, and other cloths for wiping surfaces down with water or soap solutions (and more).
Bleach (for disinfecting), stain remover(s), sponges/brushes/scrubbers (for scrubbing floors), fans (to dry wet floors after mopping), etc…
The right supplies: Some employers will provide these items while others may expect their employees to supply them themselves.
Either way it is important that they are always on hand so no tasks get put off because your supplies ran out unexpectedly;
This includes things such as toilet paper rolls which need replacing regularly due to wear & tear caused by handling them during each guest check-in process).
Have The Right Equipment On Hand
The right tools are essential to any job, and housekeeping is no exception. Before you even consider applying for a position, be sure that you have the following items on hand:
- Vacuum cleaner
- Mop (or mops)
- Clean rags for wiping up spills and other messes; old towels work well in a pinch!
- Dustpan & brush set for picking up dirt, crumbs & other particles from hard surfaces such as floors & countertops.
A damp sponge can also get rid of some stains if needed but it’s best not use this method too often because it can damage your floors over time if done too much.
If possible try using a dry cloth instead of letting things sit there until later when they can just get swept away easier.
Because being wet will make them harder to remove without pulling up more dirt into the cracks where they live which will then give them somewhere else they could go back next time someone uses those same tools again…
Hence why this practice should only be used sparingly lest one finds themselves constantly scrubbing their entire home high-and-dry every time someone drops something edible near where food belongs!
Do Some Research Before You Start Working
Before you start working, you need to do a bit of research. Research your client’s expectations, schedule and habits.
Learn about their personality and home what kind of furniture they have, where the electrical outlets are located, how many pets they own (and what kind). You should also know if there are any family members who live with them or visit often.
This will help you better understand your client’s budget as well as how much time they’re willing to spend on housekeeping each week or month.
Researching your client’s needs will allow you to provide excellent service without wasting any time once you begin working for them!
Tell Your Client What You Need From Them To Be Successful
When you tell your client what you need from them, it’s important to be specific. Instead of saying “I just need help keeping up with my client’s houses,” say something like “I work full-time and am typically only able to clean three homes per day.
If we can get started on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon, those would be great days for me.”
If there are things in the house that don’t belong there but will have to go somewhere else (like an extra bed), let your client know that now so they aren’t surprised later on and before they try putting things back where they came from.
It’s also helpful when asking for something from a client if you’re also clear about not asking them for like more hours than is feasible or unreasonable requests based on their budget and needs.
For example: “I charge $25 per hour because I work full time as well as have other commitments outside the home.” Or “For the most part I only clean one bathroom per visit unless there is special attention needed.”
Clean Fast And Efficiently, Without Sacrificing Quality
When you clean a house, you want to do it quickly and efficiently. But this doesn’t mean that quality will suffer. There are several ways to achieve both speed and quality:
Use time-saving cleaning products. You can buy a variety of commercial cleaning products that will make your job easier, faster and more effective.
For example, if you’re dusting with a dust cloth or duster mitts with disposable paper underneath them (replace the paper whenever it becomes dirty).
Use aerosol cans of compressed air to blow out the dust from those surfaces instead of having to pick it up with your fingertips each time (this will save you about five minutes per room).
Learn how long various tasks take so that you know exactly how much time each one should take and stick to those times when completing tasks in other homes or companies’ offices. This way, all jobs get done efficiently without sacrificing quality on any client’s account!
Set Limits Up Front
Being able to work independently and without supervision is one of the most important requirements for housekeeping jobs.
You’ll want to let prospective employers know from the very beginning that you can work effectively on your own, and that you’re not looking for someone who will have their hands all over your cleaning process.
This will help them understand what type of personnel they’ll need for the job, so it’s important that you are completely clear about this before starting any interviews or negotiations.
If You Can Show Up On Time, Clean Fast And Efficiently, and Stay Positive Yet Professional, You’re Off To A Great Start!
As a housekeeper, your job is to keep the home clean, organized, and tidy. You should be prepared to arrive on time every day and stay until the end of your shift.
Make sure you have all of your cleaning supplies before you begin working; keep track of all materials used so that they can be properly accounted for at the end of your shift.
When it comes to cleaning, speed and efficiency go hand-in-hand with quality workmanship. If you can show up on time, clean fast and efficiently, stay positive yet professional (or just pretend!), then you’re off to an excellent start!
So, how do you go about landing your dream housekeeping job?
First of all, take a look at the various jobs available and see which one suits you. Then make sure that you’re sending out applications to all of the right places.
If you want to come up with a unique cover letter or resume then do so, but make sure that even if they don’t get noticed on these fronts they still have something interesting in them.
Don’t forget also that there are many ways to find these kinds of jobs so keep looking until you find something perfect for what it is that you want from this career path!
You can also try connecting with other people who have experience working in the field and ask them what their advice would be for someone trying to enter the industry;
This will help give perspective from another point-of-view which may help guide your decision making process when it comes down to choosing between different types of positions or companies offering work opportunities…
Just remember: everyone has different experiences so use those stories wisely!