Just as Mike Rowe from televisions Dirty Jobs said many times, “It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.” The same can be said for custodians and janitors.
Custodians, janitors, and cleaning personnel are an integral part of any facility. They clean up every mess imaginable, keep things in order, stock and manage all the bathrooms and offices, and are there at a moment’s notice if there’s an emergency. While some may argue that it’s not the most glamorous of jobs, without them, schools and businesses would not function.
So if you are interested in landing a job as a custodian/janitor, here are some tips and facts to help you out.
If you have a passion for cleaning and janitorial work, that’s all you need! There is no formal education requirement for this sort of work.
Typically, someone new to the position is paired with an experienced person, where they learn the ropes and ins and outs of the job. From here, they move on to learning how to use cleaning machines like buffers and wet/dry vacs.
Sometimes, if a person is knowledgeable, there may be some light mechanical skills required. But, for the most part, this comes with experience, and is never expected to be known from the start.
It is also important to include that members of this important job position must have endurance and stamina to get the work done. In a typical shift (which is usually a full eight hours), there is walking, pushing, bending, lifting, and so on.
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To get a job as a custodian/janitor, you might want to do a bit of research about the company you have applied to before the interview. Knowing a thing or two about the job, where the position takes place, and who you will be working with, are key factors to landing the job.
Usual interview topics/questions include:
– Are you capable of lifting heavy things and standing for long periods of time?
– Are you a team player or do you prefer to work alone?
– What sorts of personality types do you prefer?
– Provide an example of how a problem presented itself and you solved it.
– List some of your job duties at your previous custodial job.
Becoming a custodial worker means you will doing solid, important, and rewarding work that pays quite well in many instances, and provides a great way for a person to advance their career within the facility they work.
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