The job description of an assistant housekeeper

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The job description of an assistant housekeeper
Assistant housekeepers clean and organise guest rooms. (Woman cleaning the house. image by maron from Fotolia.com)

An assistant housekeeper cleans rooms at places such as hotels, motels, lodges and inns. Assistant housekeepers work under the supervision of managers who are in charge of making sure rooms are ready for the arrival of guests. Assistant housekeepers vacuum carpet, wash linens, make beds, dust and polish furniture, fluff pillows and make certain every room has toiletries and clean towels.

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Basics

Assistant housekeepers often push a cart filled with cleaning supplies, fresh linens and towels, as well as a bin in which they place items that need washed. They not only take care of the major aspects of cleaning guest rooms, but also handle minor details. That includes replacing coffee filters and bags, adding items to a refrigerator, and perhaps placing mints on pillows or nightstands once their cleaning is complete. Assistant housekeepers hold important positions in that their performance can be the difference in a guest’s decision to stay at an establishment.

Skills

Assistant housekeepers need an array of cleaning skills, as well as the endurance needed to spend a large portion of the workday on their feet. They also must be prepared to do some occasional lifting, in the event a bed or other furniture needs rearranged. They should be able to follow the instructions of a supervisor, possessing a strong work ethic and positive attitude toward the job. On top of those things, assistant supervisors should be reliable and able to work well independently.

Background

Assistant housekeepers hold entry-level positions and can usually learn on the job with a limited amount of training. Many establishments prefer candidates who have obtained a high school diploma--although some hire students in the summer to assist with housekeeping chores. Some assistant housekeepers may have spent time working as building cleaners for other establishments, such as schools, hospitals or nursing homes.

Prospects

Since hotels need clean rooms to survive, housekeepers will always be needed. Employment of hotel housekeepers is expected to grow by nearly 4 per cent 2008 through 2018, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That said, the BLS also reported that housekeepers “generally have few opportunities for advancement.”

Earnings

When it comes to wages, assistant housekeepers often receive a base salary, along with tips left by guests. In that instance, their earnings can increase with the amount of hours they work, as well as the success of the establishment. According to Pay Scale, housekeepers made anywhere from £11,050 to just more than £16,250 per year in May 2010.

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