Being a cleaner has its perks. Your boss isn’t watching your every move, you don’t get to interact with potentially annoying people, you can listen to music and podcasts while working…
But getting a cleaning job that pays well can be challenging, because you really need to stand out from all the other candidates.
And for this, you need a sparkling cleaner resume.
If you’d rather scrub the floor of a gas station toilet than write a resume… we feel you. Resume writing can be exhausting if you don’t have a clear blueprint to follow.
So we made one—specifically for writing a cleaning resume.
This guide will show you:
- A cleaning resume example better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
- How to write a cleaning resume that will land you more interviews.
- Tips and examples of how to put skills and achievements on a cleaner resume.
- How to describe your experience on a resume for a cleaner to get any job you want.
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Sample Cleaner Resume Template
Wesley D. Davis
Meticulous housekeeper with 4 years of experience and proven skills in cleaning and disinfecting medical facilities as well as disposing of biohazardous waste. Eager to join the team at Cliniox and contribute to a clean, healthy, and safe environment for staff and patients.
Medolis Health Centre, Calgary, AB
July 2019–July 2022
- Achieved 100% adherence to the sanitization policies at Medolis Health Centre
- Contributed to the 4.5-star reviews of Medolis Health Centre: 70% of all reviews specifically complimented the cleanliness of the facility
- Adhered to best practices for disposing of biohazardous medical waste (0 recorded violations)
- Trained 3 new Environmental employees
RetailVibe, Calgary, AB
April 2018–June 2019
- Contributed to RetailVibe’s excellent reputation as a well-maintained mall
- Identified a maintenance issue that would have cost the company $10,000 if left unnoticed
Alberta High School Diploma
Goldfield School, Calgary, AB
Graduated in 2017
- Excelled in Environmental and Outdoor Education class
- Member of the school’s basketball team that won 70% of its games
- Disposal of biohazardous medical waste
- Safe use of detergents and other chemicals
- Sanitizing surfaces according to employer policies
- Attention to detail
- Daily cleaning
- Deep cleaning
- Vacuuming with industrial equipment
- Carpet cleaning
- Supply management
- WHMIS (certified by Worksite Safety Compliance Centre Inc.), 2019
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) - General Waste Management Training (certified by WD Safety), 2019
Your resume can be just as good. Just follow our step-by-step guide to writing a job-winning cleaner resume:
1. Clean up the Formatting of Your Cleaning Resume
Cleaners are responsible for keeping facilities such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, and many others… well, clean and tidy. The purpose of your cleaner resume is to show how your skills and work ethic bring value to your prospective employer.
The style and layout of your resume can say a lot about your personal qualities. So the first thing to do when writing a cleaning resume is to format your document for a clean and tidy look:
- Create a resume header with your contact information, double-check it for typos
- Put your work experience and education in the reverse-chronological order: start with the most recent entries and “go back in time” from there—this professional resume layout is very neat, orderly, and easy to read
- Choose a classic CV font like Arial or Helvetica and set the font size to 11–12 pt
- Make sure there’s a lot of white space around your resume sections—as a cleaner, you definitely don’t want your resume to look cluttered
- Don’t forget to save your cleaning resume as a PDF file because Word files (DOCX) can look messy when opened on another computer
- Keep your resume to one page, unless you’re a vampire with 350 years of experience as a cleaner. In that case, opt for two pages
Now that you’ve laid the foundation for your resume, let’s go through all the sections.
2. Start With a Crystal Clear Resume Objective or Resume Summary
Your next step is to write the paragraph that goes right under your contact information and explains why you’re the best candidate for this job.
It should be short, catchy, and as clear as a freshly washed window.
If you’ve got 2 or more years of professional cleaning experience, this paragraph will be called a resume summary because it summarizes your key achievements and skills.
If you’re looking for your first cleaner job, write a resume objective instead. It’s a paragraph that shows how your skills and your enthusiasm will help the company achieve its goals.
The basic formula for resume objectives and resume summaries is:
Adjective + Years of experience + Achievements + Skills + What you want to do for the employer
The main difference is that resume summaries put more focus on achievements, while resume objectives highlight skills and motivation.
Don’t worry. If you’re not sure what to write in your resume summary or objective, skip it for now and start crafting the other sections of your cleaner resume. When you’re done with them, you’ll find it much easier to write your objective or summary.
3. Let Your Work Experience Shine
How do you write the work experience section of your cleaner resume so that you stand out from all the other candidates?
Well, here’s how:
- Structure your work experience section in the reverse chronological order (your most recent work goes first)
- Make sure each entry includes your job title, the company name and location, your start and end dates, and up to 6 bullet points
- When writing the bullet points, present your achievements rather than your duties and responsibilities. If you can prove your achievements with numbers, include them by all means
- Begin each bullet point with a powerful action word
- Focus on the achievements that match the requirements of the specific job ad you’re responding to
Easy, isn't it?
4. Wipe the Dust off Your Diploma
Does your educational background matter for a cleaning job?
While employers probably won’t care about your math grades, they want to know more about your personal qualities.
And it’s easy to present them in your education section.
After you’ve mentioned the kind of diploma you have, your school, and your graduation year, add a few bullet points with achievements that show your work ethic, physical fitness, or any other personal quality you want to “brag” about.
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5. Show Your Cleaning Skills
Now’s the time for the skills section of your resume. Here’s how to write it:
- Make a big list of all professional skills you’ve learned throughout your life
- Re-read the job ad and find the skills that match your list
- Put these skills on your resume
Note that you’ll have to tailor your skills section for every employer you’re going to contact. Each company needs a slightly different skillset, so only list the skills that matter to this specific employer. You’ll come up with somewhere around 8–10 bullet points.
Here’s a list to inspire you:
Skills for Cleaner Resume (Bucket List)
- Daily cleaning
- Deep cleaning
- Washing windows
- Safe handling of detergents and other chemicals
- Working independently, with minimal supervision
- Identifying and reporting maintenance issues
- Disinfecting bathrooms and fixtures
- Emptying waste containers
- Making beds
- Disposing of medical waste
- Operating industrial vacuum cleaners
- Communication skills
6. Add a Touch of Personality with Extra Sections
Does your resume look like a picture out of a minimalist design magazine—all neat and tidy, but you just wish the place had more personality?
Here’s an easy fix.
Add more sections to your resume and include your language skills, certifications, volunteer work, hobbies, or anything else you think will fit.
These extra sections let your personality shine through, provide conversation starters for job interviews, and make recruiters genuinely curious about you.
7. Write a Cover Letter for Your Cleaning Resume
Yes, this looks like a lot of writing.
But many employers refuse to read resumes that don’t have a cover letter attached to it, so don’t let your near-perfect resume get rejected.
Fortunately, effective cover letters don’t have to be long. There’s no hard and fast rule for cover letter word count, but even as few as 200 words will do.
Just follow these simple tips:
- Use a proven cover letter format
- Capture the reader’s attention with a catchy first paragraph
- Explain how your skills will contribute to the employer’s success
- End your cover letter with a call to action
A great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:
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Now’s the time to send your resume, take a break from the screen and start getting ready for your job interview.
Do you have tips or thoughts about making a great cleaner resume? Give us a shout in the comments section!