Guide to Home Cleaning Jobs 2016
The Ultimate Housekeeper Job Seeking Tips and Advice.
If you are a housekeeper, finding the perfect job can sometimes be a bit tricky. However, if you know how to look in the right places, and find the ideal clients, your job can be an extremely happy one! We’ll show you how to find the very best housekeeping jobs and house cleaning jobs in your area by simply following some easy tips and advice. Let’s take a look!
When applying for any job, the first thing any prospective employer will inevitably want to know is how you performed in your previous role. Regardless of what it says on your resume and how eloquently you can describe your previous duties and job description, this will all mean nothing if you are unable to provide them with recent, contactable references. Obviously, no one is saying that you are dishonest but a candidate who has a previous employer that can vouch for their experience and skills will almost always have an advantage over a candidate who does not. If you have no relevant work experience, references from teachers, pastors or coaches will also be fine.
As with every job, with a house cleaning job first impressions are highly important. Despite what you may believe, this does not apply to the interview only but when you first apply for the housekeeping job online! Pay careful attention to the message you send when applying for the job online and check your grammar, spelling and tone carefully.
Before the initial interview, some employers have, unbeknownst to the candidates, already conducted a background check on the potential employee, checking their social media profiles and even conducting a simple Google search to see what they can discover about the candidate. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that nothing undesirable will crawl out of the woodwork as far as your background is concerned!
If you land that all important interview, well done, but don’t congratulate yourself too soon! While it is great to go into the interview with a positive and confident attitude, being overconfident will definitely put your potential employer off. Obviously, the opposite is also not a good idea so a balance between the two would be a wise move.
When dressing for your interview, consider your options carefully. Wear something smart and dark (preferably a suit in black or dark blue). Avoid wearing an outfit that you know will make you feel uncomfortable as your interviewer will definitely sense this. Also, avoid wearing strong perfume, heavy makeup or lots of jewelry as this looks (and smells!) unprofessional. Subtlety is the key here.
As you meet your interviewer, look them in the eye (but not too intensely- you don’t want to scare them!), smile warmly and shake their hand firmly, if offered.
During your interview, be sure to focus on your body language as this is something that your potential employer will no doubt be looking at too. Your stance, voice level and pitch during the interview can tell the person a great deal about you as a person. For instance, if you sit back in your chair with your arms folded and speak in a loud voice, you will be seen as aggressive and far too sure of yourself. Definitely not what any employer is looking for! On the other hand, if your posture is bent over, you are fidgeting with your hands and you speak quietly, you will be regarded as timid and lacking in confidence: also not a model employee. Sitting up straight, with your hands folded and placed neatly in your lap is a great way to arrange yourself during the interview. When talking, try and keep your voice steady and match it to the same pitch and volume as that of the interviewer. This will help them to like you and will make them feel like you are on the same wavelength as they are. This way, you can’t go wrong!
Everyone knows that interviews can be highly stressful situations. However, don’t allow your nerves to get the better of you to such an extent that you are too nervous to listen properly to what your potential employer is asking you. This can be a make or break situation, so if you find yourself feeling really anxious, try and take a few deep and slow breaths to calm yourself down.
Not every client is the perfect match for every candidate so don’t feel despondent if you are not successful in your first few housekeeping job applications. Sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect fit- both ways. The key is not to give up! Luckily our website is really good at matching clients and employers so you should soon find exactly what you are looking for!
Although we at tidy.com place an incredibly high focus on the safety of both the housekeepers we place as well as our clients we serve, unfortunately there are sites and scams out there that give the industry a bad name and are not so concerned about safety. These sites should be avoided at all costs. The good news is that these sites (most of which offer bogus jobs) are easy to spot if you can recognize the signs and are therefore avoidable for the most part.
Receiving messages from sites that require you to pay an upfront fee in order for them to place you in a house cleaning job are never, ever legitimate. This is not how a reputable recruitment agency works. If you ever receive such a message, you should ignore it and delete it immediately. Other red flags to look out for include text messages or emails from people you don’t know regarding jobs asking you to contact them “urgently”. It is also best to never respond to these and to delete them immediately. Another popular scam involves an email being sent from an unknown person stating that they will be moving to your area soon, require a housekeeper and would like to meet you in person to discuss a job opportunity.
If you can keep the above-mentioned housekeeper job seeking tips and advice in mind, there is no reason why you shouldn’t soon be working at a great house cleaning job with a client that is well-suited to your personality and skills!
Housekeeper Job Seeking Tips & Advice: Do's and Dont's
- Provide recent, contactable references
- Pay careful attention when applying to jobs
- Ensure that you have a “clean” social media” profile.
- Wear a smart, dark suit.
- Shake hands firmly, make eye contact and smile warmly
- Focus on your body language
- Match your voice pitch and volume to that of the interviewer’s
- Take a few deep and slow breaths if you are feeling nervous
- Make a negative first impression!
- Be over or under confident
- Wear strong perfume, too much makeup, lots of jewelry or an outfit that is too uncomfortable
- Give up!
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