- Clean, tidy and re-stock hotel rooms so they are ready for guests
- Can be a good way to work while you travel and gain experience in the hospitality industry
- You'll often work shifts and work may be seasonal and include weekends and early starts
In a small hotel you'll work under the direction of the housekeeper or housekeeping manager. In larger hotels you'll report to the floor housekeeper or assistant housekeeper.
- Changing bed linen and towels
- Making beds
- Vacuuming floors
- Dusting and polishing furniture
- Cleaning bathrooms
- Replacing stocks of guest supplies
- Re-stocking drinks in the mini-bar
The job can be physically demanding. Your employer will usually provide a uniform.
You can do a college course in hospitality before you apply for a job. These hospitality courses include options in housekeeping and guest services.
You can also get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship as a hospitality team member, specialising in housekeeping.
Direct application is possible if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for the job. Experience in cleaning can be useful. Employers will be interested in your personal qualities and will expect you to be hardworking, honest and a reliable time-keeper.
Your opportunities for progression would depend on the size of the hotel. In larger organisations you're more likely to be able to progress to a supervisory or management job.