Janitor Entry-Level Resume Examples and Templates for 2023

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Jobs for janitors and building cleaners are expected to grow by 4% from 2019 to 2029, which is about the same growth rate as the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this will equate to around 105,600 new jobs. Buildings will continue to need cleaning, and new positions are expected in the education and healthcare industries. New janitors will also be needed to replace people leaving this occupation.

Although job prospects remain good, this doesn’t mean there won’t be any competition. A strong resume can help you stand out from other job applicants. Below you’ll find several downloadable resume examples for janitors just entering the workforce, plus tips on how to write a better resume and how to tailor your resume to a specific job description.

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Janitor Entry-Level Resume Examples

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Michelle Thompson
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Main Street, Tampa, FL 23456


A Janitor with entry-level custodian experience, specializing in cleaning strategy, PPE safety protocols, commercial cleaning, and equipment maintenance. Adept at safely handling hazardous materials, chemicals, and cleaning solutions to prevent workplace incidents and property damage.

Professional Experience

Evening Janitor, Starbucks Coffee Smith Street, Tampa, FL
June 2020 – Present

  • Execute light and deep cleaning projects for a high-volume cafe, clean and sanitize coffee machines, restock supplies, polish surfaces, and clean floors, windows, and counters
  • Perform deep cleaning on kitchen equipment and refrigerators, dispose of garbage, mop floors and bathrooms, and ensure compliance with PPE safety standards while using cleaning solutions

Evening Janitor Assistant, Shell Cafe, Tampa, FL
June 2019 – May 2020

  • Provided cleaning surfaces for a small business, sanitized chairs, tables, counters, and surfaces, mopped floors, washed and organized dishes, and sanitized kitchen areas
  • Ensured proper placement of wet floor signs to prevent injuries to customers or team members

Key Skills

  • Commercial Cleaning
  • PPE Safety Standards
  • Communication
  • Cleaning Strategy
  • Spanish (Fluent)


Bachelor of Science Building and Property Management
The University Of Tampa, Tampa, FL September 2016 – June 2020

Jerome L. Timmons
(111) 000-2222
[email protected]
321 Mercury Way, Pocatello, ID 83205


A safety-focused Janitor with entry-level experience, specializing in commercial cleaning, inventory management, safety regulations, and communication. Adept at executing light and deep cleaning projects quickly and efficiently. Skilled at interfacing with diverse customers and teams in high-volume environments.

Professional Experience

Janitor, BigFoot Pizza, Pocatello, ID
June 2018 – Present

  • Perform light and deep cleaning activities, including sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming floors in kitchen, dining area, and bathrooms for a high-volume pizzeria
  • Ensure proper sanitation of surfaces, kitchen equipment, dishes, cutlery, and ovens, remove waste, clean refrigerators, and ensure adherence to food safety regulations

Jr. Zoo Crew Youth Volunteer, Zoo Idaho, Pocatello, ID
June 2019 – August 2019

  • Conducted cleaning activities for animal cages and indoor camp buildings, ensured safe handling of cleaning solutions, and removed waste and garbage to maintain cleanliness
  • Coordinated with camp personnel to ensure the safety of small children during summer camps

Key Skills

  • Cleaning Strategy
  • Sanitation
  • Polishing Furniture
  • Safety Regulations
  • Customer Service


High School Diploma
Pocatello High School, Pocatello, ID, May 2020

Sandra  Garcia
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 First Street, Dallas, TX 75212


A Janitor with entry-level experience, specializing in housekeeping, residential cleaning, commercial cleaning, inventory management, and chemical safety. Adept at delivering high quality custodial services to schools and ensuring compliance with health and safety standards.

Professional Experience

Janitor, Beverly Elementary, Dallas, TX
June 2018 – June 2020

  • Execute deep cleaning projects for three elementary schools within the district, sanitize classrooms, restrooms, offices, gyms, mop and vacuum floors, and perform window cleaning
  • Oversee cleaning and sanitation of school cafeterias, kitchen equipment, tables, and surfaces
  • Ensure adherence to local waste disposal and recycling regulations

Janitor, Cardinal Preschool, Dallas, TX
June 2019 – June 2020

  • Cleaned, sanitized, and polished hallway floors, classrooms, bathrooms, and cafeteria areas for a preschool, including desks, tables, chairs, and surfaces
  • Ensured compliance with health and safety regulations and utilized cleaning solutions safely
  • Organized and maintained cleaning supplies and equipment inventory

Key Skills

  • Custodial Services
  • Cleaning Strategy
  • Health and Safety
  • Inventory Management
  • Waste Disposal


High School Diploma
Dallas High School, Dallas, TX, September 2016 – June 2020

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Entry-Level Janitor Resumes

Highlighting key skills and appropriate action verbs can help you catch the attention of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Hiring managers use these systems to scan resumes and evaluate them based on the number of keywords and phrases that match their ideal candidate. High-ranking resumes are then forwarded to the hiring manager for further investigation. This means the higher the number of skills keywords included, the better the chances a hiring manager will see your resume and seek out further information through an interview.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Ability to work independently Agility
Attention to detail Chemical use
Cleaning Communication
Dependability Interpersonal skills
Inventory Mopping
Ordering supplies Physical stamina
Public safety Safe work practices
Sanitation Scheduling
Scrubbing Sweeping
Teamwork Time management
Washing floors Washing windows
Action Verbs
Clean Communicate
Coordinate Evaluate
Follow instructions Listen
Mop Order
Organize Polish
Sanitize Schedule
Scrub Sweep
Wash Wax

Tips for Writing a Better Entry-Level Janitor Resume

Highlight your entry level janitor certifications

Although you don’t need any formal education to begin your career in janitorial services, there are some certification programs available that can enhance your resume. These certifications show that you understand how to clean various surfaces without causing damage. They also teach participants how to handle cleaning chemicals safely and perform deep cleans that sanitize buildings, which is especially important if you wish to work in health care. If you have a certificate, make sure you include the exact title, the institute that conferred the certificate and the date you received it.

Example #1


Certified Custodial Technician, Basic Level, Cleaning Management Institute, 2019


Cleaning Certification

Example #2


  • Medical Cleaning Certification, International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, 2018
  • Bloodborne Certification, International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, 2018
  • Biohazard Cleaning Certification, International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, 2018


Various cleaning certificates for working in health care, 2018

Emphasize your janitorial soft skills

The type of soft skills needed for a janitorial role varies depending on where you work. Those in educational settings have to regularly interact with students and teachers, so they need good communication skills. People in health care must have compassion for patients and be able to keep any documents they see confidential. Those working by themselves in an office building at night need to be self-motivated. All janitors must also have attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions and manage their time. Make sure to highlight at least one soft skill in your resume mentioned in the job description or in which you excel.

Example #1


Stayed self-motivated to complete required tasks when working independently during overnight shifts with little communication from team leaders


Worked alone and completed tasks during overnight shifts

Example #2


Treated all communications overheard and documents viewed as confidential and undertook secure disposal of waste paper to ensure the company’s security was maintained


Disposed of waste paper and other rubbish in a secure manner

How to Align Your Resume with the Job Description

Companies use job descriptions to detail the skills and experience a person needs to be successful in the position. To find the ideal candidate, they need to look at a lot of resumes, and including the criteria listed in the job description can help you stand out from the crowd.

If you’re not sure what skills and experience you should be highlighting, start by reading the job description closely. The most important requirements are usually listed first or included multiple times. Make sure your resume describes how you can deliver on the key priorities, and focus on your notable achievements and attributes. You should also avoid bland descriptions and copy and pasting to ensure your resume doesn’t sound generic.

Example Entry-Level Janitor Job Description

XYZ Cleaning is looking for an entry-level janitor to join our team of custodial professionals. We work for clients across multiple sites to perform cleaning and maintenance tasks to keep buildings looking impeccable. After a period of training, the successful candidate will be expected to work independently or in small teams to clean office buildings outside of regular working hours. The ideal candidate will be dependable with a high attention to detail and able to follow instructions. Some cleaning experience will be looked upon favorably.


  • Complete general cleaning of buildings
  • Perform minor maintenance and repair tasks to keep buildings in good condition
  • Clean and stock restrooms
  • Maintain security and confidentiality in client buildings
  • Notify supervisors of major repair requirements
  • Collect and dispose of trash
  • Maintain a record of cleaning supplies and notify the head office when restocking required
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Work independently or as part of a small team


  • Dependable and trustworthy
  • Able to manage time efficiently
  • Able to work safely with cleaning supplies
  • Good level of physical strength and stamina
  • Handle basic maintenance, repairs and cleaning
  • Able to use cleaning equipment
  • Able to follow instructions

The job description shows that the ideal applicant should have the following skills and experience:

  • Cleaning
  • Maintenance and minor repairs
  • Time management
  • Work independently
  • Team work
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Dependable
  • Attention to detail
  • Trustworthy

Take what you highlighted in the job description and determine the skills and experience you have that match. Make sure to include this in your resume. Below is an example of how to best incorporate this in your resume:

Janitor Entry-Level Work Experience Example

Waiter, Betty’s Diner

December 2019 – Present

  • Trusted with working closing shift, regularly working independently or with a small team to serve late night customers and count money
  • Followed instructions to clean floors, tables, kitchens and restrooms at the end of the shift, safely using cleaning chemicals and ensuring the restaurant is sanitary for the breakfast shift
  • Managed time to ensure all tasks completed efficiently
  • Paid attention to details to detect minor maintenance issues and performed repairs as required