How to Get a Job as a Maid and Housekeeper
It’s easier to land a housekeeping job when you’ve had prior experience. But if you’re new, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure a good first impression on an interview. First, show up on time and be immaculately dressed. Punctuality is important for any job interview, but wearing well-fitting, freshly laundered and ironed clothes could indicate what type of housekeeper you’ll be. Next, show that you have good interpersonal skills. Maids, particularly those who work in private homes, must show that they get along well with the people who hire them. To become a housekeeper, it might also help to know how to cook and have experience working with children and pets.
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What is the Job Like?
The amount of stress involved in the job, not to mention the job’s daily rewards and challenges, vary widely depending on where a maid works. Maids in nursing homes and hospitals might work in a frenetic environment, surrounded by busy nurses, sick patients and worried family members. Their stress level might be drastically different from the housekeeping staff working the graveyard shift in a deserted office – a staff that rarely sees other office workers who have gone home for the day. In contrast, a household maid might build a personal relationship with clients, and might also be tasked with other responsibilities such as picking up dry cleaning or dropping off household pets at the veterinarian’s office. Some housekeepers might also do the cooking.
No matter where they report to work, maids and housekeepers usually have full-time schedules. Their days are primarily spent on their feet, performing physically demanding tasks. Moving furniture or flipping mattresses may take a toll on their back, arms and neck.
Last updated by Kimberly Castro.