How to position your CV for the cleaning sector
If you always leave your space clean and sparkling, then the cleaning industry may be for you. This industry requires a flexible schedule, the ability to work individually or in teams, and excellent customer service skills.
When writing your cleaning CV, spend time making your personal profile. Since this industry is very customer-focused, introducing yourself in your profile is an opportunity to make a great first impression on any client or employer.
Learn more about the cleaning industry
Finding your niche
The cleaning industry is one of the fastest-growing in the UK and has a wide variety of work environments. You may want to be an office cleaner or clean individual houses. You may even specialise in cleaning carpets. Explore and identify which area of this industry you’d most like to work within.
Who hires cleaners?
Traditionally, cleaners are hired directly by clients, whether that client is a large office or individual families. Otherwise, employers will hire cleaners through cleaning agencies that will assign you to a location or job.
There is no formal education needed to become a cleaner. Most employers in this industry will provide on the job training. Certification can help you gain a competitive edge when applying to cleaning jobs, such as a certificate in COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health).
This is not your typical 9-5 industry. As a cleaner, your work environment will constantly change and may involve late night or weekend shifts.
After spending time as an entry-level cleaner, you may consider applying for a supervisor position. Many cleaners progress in their career by starting their own cleaning business.
How your cleaning industry CV should look
Cleaning CVs are traditional in design. Stay away from colour and images and instead bold, italicise, or underline essential details on your CV. When designing your CV, make clear and impactful headers that help organise your page. Write titles in a bold font and more significant size to be read at a glance. Formatting and prioritising your experience like this will help recruiters get a sense of your experience in only a few seconds.
Avoid stuffing your CV with filler; if your CV is overcrowded with information, recruiters will skip it. Use single or 1.5 spacing on your CV. If you find that you are having trouble fitting all your experience in your CV, prioritise the most relevant and most recent experience.