Cleaner CV example and writing guide
If you’re looking to land a cleaning job, it’s crucial to have an interview-winning CV that gets you noticed by the best employers.
This guide, which includes an example cleaner CV, shows you how to create your own CV step-by-step.
Here’s what the guide includes…
How to write a cleaner CV
- Check out the cleaner CV example
- Create a professional structure and format
- Head with a catchy CV profile
- Detail your work experience
- Include your education
Cleaner CV example
Check out this example CV of an experienced cleaner – it should give you a good idea of how your CV should look, and the type of information you should include.
Create a professional structure and format
The first step towards creating a powerful CV is to build a format that looks incredibly professional, and a structure that allows employers to read the document easily.
This diagram gives you an overview of how to format and structure the document before you start writing your CV.
A few tips on formatting…
- Keep the document very simple, with plain text on a white background
- Don’t over-complicate it with images, logos or other unnecessary design features
- Use a simple clean font and break text up with bullet points for easy reading
- Divide every section with big bold headings so the CV can be easily navigated
- Keep the CV under 2 pages long – any longer and people will not read it all
How to structure your CV
Your CV should be divided into the following major sections from the top to the bottom of the document
- Name and contact details – Head your CV with your name and contact details so that recruiters know who you are, and how to contact you
- CV profile – An introductory paragraph which sums up your skills and experience, encouraging recruiters to read the rest of your CV
- Core skills list – a bullet pointed snapshot of your most valuable skills
- Work experience – list your previous jobs in reverse chronological order in well-structured roles
- Education – a list of your relevant education and qualifications
- Hobbies and interests? This is an optional section – only add if they are relevant to the jobs you are applying to
Name and contact details
Head the CV with your name and a professional title to instantly let recruiters know your profession.
A title like one of the following will work:
- Office cleaner
- Residential cleaning professional
- Cleaning team leader
Under your name, add your contact details so that you can be easily contacted - never hide them at the bottom of the CV.
The only contact details you need to include are:
- Location – to show the area(s) you can work in
- Email address
- Phone number
You don’t need to include your date of birth, gender, full address or photograph. Those details aren’t needed and will waste valuable space.
Writing your CV profile
To grab recruiters’ attention when they open your CV, you need to write a powerful CV profile.
It should be tailored to reflect the requirements of the cleaning jobs you are applying for, and show readers that you are a suitable candidate.
Some good information to should include in your profile is:
- The types of companies you have worked for – Cleaning agencies, large office companies, property management firms, schools, hospitals etc.
- Types of properties you have experience cleaning – residential, commercial, public sector, warehouses etc.
- Qualifications – Fire awareness, health and safety, Hospital cleaning etc.
- People you interact with – Managers, office staff, home owners etc.
Keep the profile brief and don’t go into too much detail –it’s purpose is to give readers an overview of your skills and encourage them to read into your work experience.
Add a core skills section
If you really want to make sure that your most valuable skills aren’t missed, add a bullet pointed core skills section like the one below.
It allows you to highlight your most important cleaning skills, to ensure they get noticed within seconds of an employer opening your CV.
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Listing your work experience
Once you’ve hooked readers with your profile and core skills, you need to list your work experience to show employers how you apply your skills in the workplace.
Start with your most recent role and work backwards to your older roles. The reason for doing this is that employers will be most interested in your recent jobs because it’s the best way of judging your current ability levels.
Add plenty of detail in your recent roles and less in older ones – especially if they are non-cleaning roles.
Structuring your roles
Each of the jobs you add to your CV, need to be well-structured so that recruiters and employers can read them easily and find the information they need.
Use the structure in this example below to achieve this.
Here are some examples of how you should write these sections as a cleaner.
Outline – Provide an overview of your job and the company you work for:
“Working alongside 5 Cleaning Operatives as part of wider cleaning company consisting of 16 staff members and providing cleaning services to external commercial companies; reporting to the Housekeeper”
Responsibilities – Bullet point your responsibilities to showcase your skills and knowledge
- Ensuring the high standard cleanliness of offices, reception areas, corridors, and lifts which includes the vacuuming of floors, and the dusting and polishing of desks and shelves
- Promoting and maintaining a safe, secure and clean working environment; promptly emptying waste bins and transporting waste to designated areas
Achievements – Prove your impact by including any impressive achievements that have affected employers or clients.
- Substantially reduced cleaning costs 56% by suggesting use of locally produced cleaning chemicals
- Suggested the employment of a bulk bargain vendor to procure cleaning equipment and tools leading to an annual company cost saving of £7,000
Adding your education
List your education in full detail near to the bottom of your CV (Although there should be mentions of your most relevant qualifications in your CV profile)
If you have lots of qualifications, only include the ones that are most relevant to the jobs you are applying for. Research your target jobs first to find out what these are.
Hobbies and interests
Hobbies and interests won’t usually have a big impact on a hiring decision, so you probably won’t need to include them.
The only time you should include them, if you have any hobbies which are relevant to the jobs you are applying for – or maybe if you have some impressive achievements such as running a marathon or winning an award.
Cleaner CV – Write your own powerful CV
Hopefully this guide has given you some good guidance and ideas to create your own interview-winning CV.
If you create a simple easy-to-read document which highlights your relevant skills and knowledge, you should definitely get noticed.
Don’t forget to proofread your CV to ensure that you haven’t made any mistakes such as typos or grammatical errors – as they could really damage your chances of success.
And don't forget to write a persuasive cover letter with every job you apply, to ensure your CV gets opened.
Good luck with your job search!