Finding a personal housekeeper for your family is serious business. When hiring someone to look after your valuable assets and pets it’s imperative you take the right steps and find the perfect fit. Your housekeeper will be a part of your everyday life, so hiring the right housekeeper will make your life much easier, and hiring the wrong housekeeper can make it harder.
One of the biggest pieces of advice we can offer is to clearly define the requirements for your perfect personal housekeeper. Once you are clear on your requirements, and the type of housekeeper you’re looking for, you’re ready to start your search.
There are several ways to go about finding a personal housekeeper – we’ve listed the different options below so you can get a better idea of what option might suit you best.
The difference between a Housekeeper and a Cleaner is significant. To understand the difference, a trainee-housekeeper will undergo either years of on the job training, or look to continue their education by enrolling on skills specific courses. The skills taught to a Housekeeper will include a huge array of detail, from the technical understanding of the tools, products and equipment they use through to etiquette and advanced knowledge of garment care.
In our intensive Housekeeping training course, we take each course participant through a range of detailed modules. Here we give you complete access to Module 1 & 2 of the Housekeeping training.
When working in a high end or boutique hotel, the skills and quality of your housekeeping staff can make or break the experience for your guests.
Having a solid team that works seamlessly together, with the highest quality of housekeeping skills training and the best eye for detail, is vital for the running of the hotel and maintaining the highest standards possible. Providing regular, specific housekeeping training for hotel staff, will catch problems early, keep teamwork strong and stay on top of developments in the industry.
Being a housekeeper can be an exciting job. With positions in high end hotels, chalets, yachts, private houses and estates, your job environment can be a very interesting one. Not only might you step foot and live in beautiful surroundings, but you may also find yourself working in some of the most exciting locations in the world.
Good, experienced and well trained housekeepers are in extremely high demand with ultra High Net Worth (HNW) families and high end hotels. Once you get a job of your liking, the possibilities could be endless and you could even find yourself travelling or growing in your role and managing a team or a full estate. The key to climbing the career ladder, or finding these exciting jobs in the first place, is decent training and education.
At Polo & Tweed, we are proud providers of excellent training and housekeeping courses, and this article will give you a bit more of a breakdown of what to expect when you enrol.
Have you seen your dream nanny/housekeeper job being advertised? Act fast! There’s no doubt you’re perfect for the role, but other candidates will be trying to secure it too. To stand out, you need a stellar CV. But what exactly should your nanny/housekeeper CV contain?
As professional recruiters we know from experience what works and what doesn’t, so we put together this guide to help you. Here are our best tips on what to include in your nanny/housekeeper CV, and how you should present it to clients. Read on to find out more!
Home life is often hectic. Successfully managing a home, children, work and a social life can be a juggle, and you may feel that it’s best for someone experienced to step in and manage the running of your household instead of you. Perhaps you travel lots, and need to know your home will always be clean and ready for your arrival? Maybe it’s just peace of mind about your property that you’re looking for? Whatever your situation, a skilled housekeeper can lift some of the stress.
For those who haven’t hired a housekeeper before, it can be difficult to know exactly how long they should be spending in your house. Everyone’s personal situations and needs can vary, but here is our step by step guide to determining your housekeeper’s schedule.
Have you been looking to hire a full time nanny? Or does the idea of a housekeeper sound appealing? If, in reality, you need both, there’s another option you may not have thought about: a nanny/housekeeper.
Interviews can be a scary thing. Even the most experienced and qualified Housekeepers can get nervous when it comes to meeting a potential new employer. However, preparation is everything, and with this guide for Housekeepers we hope to give you a bit more confidence to ace your interview and secure your perfect new housekeeping role.
Never overlook a reference check…
Reference checking is a vital part of any recruitment process. Whether an agency is doing this, or you are directly interviewing and selecting a new housekeeper to work for your household. A CV, interview and trial will only give you so much information.
Actually speaking to previous employers can give an invaluable insight into the housekeeper’s level of experience, skills and personality. Make sure you obtain a proper reference check using our top tips.
How To: Housekeeper Interview Questions
Understanding expectations and finding the right fit…
A common mistake is to confuse a housekeeper with a cleaner; a cleaner will clean your house but a housekeeper is all encompassing. As the ‘keeper of the house’ the housekeeper does not just come in to clean, she maintains the house in an excellent state and focuses on details like fresh flowers and stocked fridges.
It is also here where the confusion starts with many people; what should my housekeeper be doing, what can and cannot I ask from them – and what expectations are realistic?