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How to write a personal statement for your cleaner CV
Although a personal statement isn’t a mandatory requirement of a cleaner CV, most employers would prefer to see one. They act as a nice introduction to what would otherwise be a simple list of credentials and achievements. Also, other candidates will have written a personal statement as they are very common. So it’s important not to be the odd one out and get left behind.
Here’s how to write a personal statement for your cleaner CV:
Call it what you like
A personal statement can also go by many other names. Here’s a list:
- Career objective
- Personal profile
- Personal summary
The choice is completely up to you, but be aware that ‘personal statement’ is probably the most commonly used phrase. If you’re applying to a big company that uses ATS-software, they may scan for this phrase.
The three ingredients
Here are the three key aspects you need to cover for your personal statement:
Who you are
The first sentence will explain who you are and include a brief summary of your background.
I am a confident and hard-working individual with over 10 years experience as a cleaner.
Why you are right for the role
Focus upon one or two of your key selling points and how they will benefit the business. Here’s an example:
In addition to the cleaning skills and knowledge I have acquired over the years, I am able to train and supervise junior members, prepare schedules and rotas, and conduct risk assessments for a range of health and safety matters. I have a calm, friendly personality with strong communication skills that allow me to handle customer complaints politely and swiftly
What you are looking for and present career goals
Your final sentence aims to set out what you want to achieve. Look to get inside the mind of the hiring manager so you can align your current career goals with theirs. Here’s an example:
I am looking for a full time cleaning and supervisory role in a City Centre organisation which is closer to home.
Make a great first impression
The personal statement can be viewed as one of the most important aspects of a cleaner CV as it is the first real piece of content the hiring manager will read. If you fail to make an impact it could put a black cloud over the rest of your credentials. But make a positive impact and you have already grabbed the employer’s attention – they want to read more!
Your personal statement should go just underneath your contact details, which are always placed at the very top of the first page. Make sure your personal statement is easy to spot in a good sized font so it isn’t passed by. It’s just as important as the other sections and needs to stand out just the same.
Keep it brief and relevant
Your personal statement should only be around 3 – 5 sentences. As you can see from the above examples (and the Cleaner CV sample on this page) you need to get to the point, so don’t beat around the bush and write your life story.
The most important thing to remember is that it must be relevant to the role and the company. Write a personal statement that’s specific to the needs of the company, and include relevant keywords. Do not write a generic statement that you could use for any role. The employer will assume you have no real passion or interest in their organisation and simply want any job you can get. Find out more about tailoring your CV to the role.
Focus on the role offered
Your statement should tell the employer that you want the job they’re hiring for. Telling them you’re looking for something else will put the employer off from hiring you as they want someone to fill this role, and now. Keep any other career aspirations to yourself for now – you have plenty of time to prove your potential once you are hired.
Analyse the job specification for the role and custom write your personal statement to meet its objectives. Be realistic in your approach and state how you are suitable for the company with your current skill set. What you write has to match your CV credentials – so be positive and upbeat, but realistic and honest.
Don’t be too overconfident
Your confidence needs to shine through your personal statement – but not too much. Be careful not to write a statement that overly inflates your skills, and try to be modest with your words. If the employer reads your CV and gets an arrogant tone coming through, it could end in rejection.
You also have to ensure your personal statement isn’t too bland and boring. It’s supposed to make a positive impact and serve as an introduction to your CV. If the employer feels like you are lacking in self-belief, it’s doubtful they will ask you to attend an interview. It’s all about achieving a good balance.
You may find these links helpful:
- Cleaner job profile (National Careers Service)
- Domestic cleaner job specification
- OAS Office cleaner job description
- Housekeeping job profile