Cleaner CV: Example and How to Write (10+ Tips)

There are cleaning jobs and there are cleaning jobs. Long hours, low pay, ridiculously unrealistic expectations compared with flexible hours, decent pay, a great atmosphere, and all the perks and benefits.

 

If you want the latter, you can’t just promise you’re punctual, reliable, great either in a team or unsupervised, and generally amazing at what you do. Stand out from the crowd not by promising more and shouting more loudly, but by quietly and confidently showing what you can do. 

 

Scroll down to see a cleaner CV example that’s better than nine out of ten CVs for cleaner jobs out there. Follow along with cleaner CV samples and plenty of solid advice that’ll have you picking and choosing the right job for you. Writing a cleaner CV with no experience? No problem, read on to see how.

 

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Cleaner CV example

 

Lola Moran

T: 079 3682 1031

E: moran.lola.h@lcmail.co.uk

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lolahmoran

 

Personal Statement

 

Highly motivated and results-oriented cleaner with over 5 years’ experience working in domestic and school contexts. Conscientious and adaptable, voluntarily underwent five hours of additional training to maintain high levels of hygiene throughout the COVID-19 period. Consistently placed in the top three on our leaderboard for number of classrooms cleaned each week. Looking for opportunity to apply skills, energy and upbeat attitude in helping to maintain Cloud Academies Trust’s properties as safe, sanitary and pleasant learning environments.

 

Work Experience

 

Cleaner

Wolfram Academies Trust, Birmingham

September 2017—present

  • Regularly refilled supplies such as toilet paper and liquid soap in eight toilet blocks containing a total of 32 stalls and urinals.
  • Introduced a simple chart system for ordering new cleaning supplies, reducing order lag and storage room overstocking by up to 33%. 
  • Memorised and followed all 27 campus health and safety rules.
  • Ensured that over 20 different chemical products as well as cleaning equipment were stored, used and secured properly.
  • Experienced with two kinds of power scrubbers and three models of waxing machines, two very old and one modern.

 

Cleaner

Two Counts Cleaning Services Ltd, Birmingham

January 2015—July 2017

  • Trusted with unsupervised access to eight different homes.
  • Consistently exceeded four out of five clients’ expectations as to what can be achieved in two hours.
  • Maintained or exceeded cleanliness and polish levels whilst using 30-60% less cleaning product than clients’ previous cleaners.
  • Logged an average of 18,000 steps a day when cleaning for nine hours.

 

Education

 

A-levels: Chemistry, English, Environmental Studies, 2009–2011

Dreichly West High School, Birmingham

 

8 GCSEs (including Mathematics and English), 2007–2009

Dreichly West High School, Birmingham

 

Skills

 

  • Interpersonal and communication skills: over 5 years of daily interaction with a wide range of adults and children.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision: spent an average of 70% of working hours working without supervision.
  • Health and safety: maintain up-to-date knowledge of health and safety standards and cleaning-chemical handling best practices.
  • Time management skills: able to multitask and maintain schedule while responding to incidents.
  • Teamwork: daily work as part of a team (3–7 people), comfortable in both following someone’s lead or taking the initiative, depending on the situation.

 

Certificates and Licences

 

  • DBS Certificate – Issued June 2020
  • UK Driving Licence – Categories A & B

 

Hobbies

 

  • Camping
  • Bicycling
  • Attending the theatre

 

Now you know what a CV should look like. Here’s how to write a CV for cleaner jobs:

 

1. Write a personal statement for your cleaner CV

 

The right way to start a CV? Write a personal statement. Your personal statement (also called a personal profile) is your whole job application in a nutshell: it introduces you as an employee, gives an indication of what you have to offer, and describes what you intend to achieve for your new employer. It’s 3–4 sentences that really pack a punch when handled well.

 

Take a total of 50–150 words to answer the following questions:

  • What kind of cleaner are you? How many years experience do you have?
  • What industries or environments have you been working in?
  • What’s your most impressive/relevant work-related achievement?
  • What skill or attribute are you particularly proud of? Back this up with an example.
  • What are you hoping to be able to achieve in this job? (For the employer, not yourself).

 

There are quite a few questions to touch upon here, but you should be able to cover them all in 3–4 sentences and absolutely no more than 150 words, the fewer the better.

 

Your application may be filtered by an Application Tracking System (ATS)—software that scans through and scores your CV according to how well it matches the job advert. So try to include keywords from the job advert wherever possible and be sure to mention the name of the position and the company’s name.

 

Your personal statement goes first in your cleaner CV, but it’s best to write it last. It’ll be much easier once you have your cleaner job descriptions and skills section written and some practice in writing accomplishment statements under your belt (that's why it's also called a CV summary). So keep it in the back of your mind and come back to it later.

 

Cleaner CV personal statement example

 

Highly motivated and results-oriented cleaner with over 5 years’ experience working in domestic and school contexts. Conscientious and adaptable, voluntarily underwent five hours of additional training to maintain high levels of hygiene throughout the COVID-19 period. Consistently place in the top three on our leaderboard for number of classrooms cleaned each week. Looking for opportunity to apply skills, energy and upbeat attitude in helping to maintain Cloud Academies Trust’s properties as safe, sanitary and pleasant learning environments.

 

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2. Add a work history section to your cleaner CV

 

The best cleaner CV format to use is a chronological format. So in your work history section start from your most recent job and work your way back from there. This is what most employers expect to see and it also helps your CV be more easily processed by an ATS.

 

Make a subheading for each job description using this template:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

Now list up six bullet points under each subheading. The key thing here is to quantify everything you possibly can. Give concrete examples and focus wherever possible on the benefits your actions brought to your employer or the client. Use accomplishment statements to help structure your bullet points.

 

If you’re writing a cleaner CV with no experience, then focus on any internships, placement work, or volunteer work you’ve done and put this section after your education section. If you’re struggling to come up with some experience, still studying or just finished your studies, then consider a student CV instead.

 

Cleaner job description for a CV

 

Cleaner

Wolfram Academies Trust, Birmingham

September 2017—present

  • Regularly refilled supplies such as toilet paper and liquid soap in eight toilet blocks containing a total of 32 stalls and urinals.
  • Introduced a simple chart system for ordering new cleaning supplies, reducing order lag and storage room overstocking by up to 33%. 
  • Memorised and followed all 27 campus health and safety rules.
  • Ensured that over 20 different chemical products as well as cleaning equipment were stored, used and secured properly.
  • Experienced with two kinds of power scrubbers and three models of waxing machines, two very old and one modern.

 

Cleaner

Two Counts Cleaning Services Ltd, Birmingham

January 2015—July 2017

  • Trusted with unsupervised access to eight different homes.
  • Consistently exceeded four out of five clients’ expectations as to what can be achieved in two hours.
  • Maintained or exceeded cleanliness and polish levels whilst using 30-60% less cleaning product than clients’ previous cleaners.
  • Logged an average of 18,000 steps a day when cleaning for nine hours.

 

3. Include an education section in your cleaner CV

 

Stick with reverse-chronological order when listing your education. When listing diplomas and university degrees, include the name of your degree, the years you attended (with an expected graduation date if you’re still studying), and the name of the institution and its location. Use this template:

 

[Degree Class] [Degree Type] [Degree Name], [Year Graduated]

[University/College Name], [Location]

 

When it comes to your high school education, list all of your A-levels by subject, the years during which you studied them, the name of the school and its location. For GCSEs simply state how many you completed, the years over which you completed them, the name of the school and its location.

 

Mention Mathematics and English when stating how many GCSEs you’ve completed. Employers will often want to see that you have passes in Maths and English as a bare minimum.

 

If you lack work experience, then you may want to add bullet points here to highlight your achievements or areas of excellence while studying.

 

Education section – cleaner CV example

 

A-levels: Chemistry, English, Environmental Studies, 2009–2011

Dreichly West High School, Birmingham

 

8 GCSEs (including Mathematics and English), 2007–2009

Dreichly West High School, Birmingham

 

4. Showcase your skills in your cleaner CV

 

Make a list of as many of your cleaner skills as you can. Think soft skills (such as communication skills) and hard skills (such as IT skills). Add a sentence onto each skill that shows exactly how you’ve demonstrated that skill at work. In other words, prove you have this skill using concrete examples. If you can’t do this for a certain skill, then it drops off your list until you can.

 

Save this list—you’ll need it when responding to other job adverts and when writing you cleaner cover letter. Go back to the job advert to which you’re responding now and check what skills they require. Make sure you have at least these skills in your list.

 

Copy them across to your cleaner CV skills section together with any others that are relevant to the job at hand. You want to end up with 5–10 skills in total, all supported by real-life examples. That’s all there is to it. You’re cleaner CV skills section is now sorted and you have a master list of skills for next time.

 

Once again, pay attention to the keywords used in the advert and mirror them in your CV wherever possible. For example, if you have ‘teamwork skills’ but the advert asks for a ‘team player’, then consider changing your wording to match. This will help you land on top of the pile after an ATS sorting stage.

 

Cleaner CV skills

 

  • Interpersonal and communication skills: over 5 years of daily interaction with a wide range of adults and children.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision: spent an average of 70% of working hours working without supervision.
  • Health and safety: maintain up-to-date knowledge of health and safety standards and cleaning-chemical handling best practices.
  • Time management skills: able to multitask and maintain schedule while responding to incidents.
  • Teamwork: daily work as part of a team (3–7 people), comfortable in both following someone’s lead or taking the initiative, depending on the situation.

 

5. Make good use of extra sections in your cleaner CV

 

Your CV is supposed to give an employer an idea of what you’re like as an employee. Your work history, skills, and education go a long way towards doing this, but they don’t show the whole picture. Include additional sections in your CV to paint a fuller picture of yourself as a worker.

 

Many jobs will require a DBS check, some will need you to have a valid driving licence. Working around construction sites? You’ll need a CSCS card. Group all these things together under a ‘qualifications’ or ‘certificates and licences’ section.

 

Do you speak any lanuages other than English? This is a real advantage in any line of work and you should definitely mention it in your cleaner CV. You can also list hobbies, interests, awards—anything that’s relevant to your work, even if indirectly.

 

Additional sections in a cleaner CV sample

 

Certificates and Licences

 

  • DBS Certificate – Issued June 2020
  • UK Driving Licence – Categories A & B

 

Hobbies

 

  • Camping
  • Bicycling
  • Attending the theatre

 

6. Type up a cleaner cover letter to go with your CV

 

Whether the advert reads ‘send your CV and cover letter’ or not, it’s generally expected that you include a cover letter with your cleaner CV. The one and only exception is if they’ve specifically asked you not to (or made it impossible to do so in an online application).

 

The good news is that by preparing your work experience and skills sections, you’re already halfway there to having your cleaner cover letter ready to go. You just need to get started with the right layout and then include:

  • A properly set-out header
  • The right salutation
  • A strong, attention-grabbing opening
  • A main paragraph chock-full of your achievements
  • A neat closing and confident call to action
  • The right sign off for you.

 

End up with between half a page and a page-long cover letter that’ll perfectly match your cleaner CV. If you're writing a cover letter with no experience, focus on transferable skills such as time management or effective communication.

 

7. Keeping things neat and tidy, additional things to keep in mind

 

Ensure your cleaner CV is as pleasant on the eye as a freshly spruced-up room. Follow these basic CV layout rules:

  • Leave your personal details near the top of your CV where they’ll be clear and easy to find. Don't put your address on a CV. An email and telephone number will suffice.
  • Clearly break your CV structure down into sections by using subheadings.
  • Use white space to make the structure even clearer and easier on the eye.
  • Choose an appropriate CV font, something professional and understated like Arial, Noto, Liberation or Calibri. If you’re not sure, just stick to the default.
  • Check the advert to see in which file type you should save your CV. If they don’t mention any particular file type, then always save as (or export to) PDF.
  • Have fewer than 10 years’ experience? Then keep to one A4 page for your CV. You can add an A4 page for every additional decade of experience, but it’s generally recommended that you don’t go over two pages in total.
  • Go for a simple CV template. Visual CVs are usually not ATS-friendly.

 

Proofread your cleaner CV and cover letter. Ask someone else to read and help you proofread both documents. Use any of the apps, web apps, or programmes out there that can help you with spelling and grammar. Each mistake is like ‘missing a spot’ in a big way. You wouldn’t leave a floor half-mopped.

 

One last thing: don't lie on your CV. An experienced recruiter will quickly see through it.

 

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