Janitor Entry-Level Resume Examples in 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

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


Recent college graduate with experience in janitorial work. Experienced in using a variety of cleaning machines and chemicals. Good team member who is able to take directions from supervisors. Enthusiastic and physically fit to take on demanding janitorial jobs.

Key Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to take directions
  • Easily adaptable to new environments
  • High physical stamina to handle strenuous jobs and working long hours
  • Knowledge of PPE and safety guidelines
  • Experience in sanitizing and cleaning a variety of surfaces
  • Able to work long hours and night shifts
  • Speaks Spanish and English fluently


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

Professional Experience

Evening Janitor, Starbucks Coffee Smith Street, Tampa, FL
June 2019 – Present

  • Clean and sanitize coffee machines
  • Refill stocks for the next day
  • Sweep, mop, and sanitize floors, windows, and counters
  • Sanitize and fold aprons
  • Empty garbage cans and dispose of garbage in the correct facility
  • Clean and sanitize tables and chairs
  • Clean refrigerators doors and shelves

Evening Janitor Assistant, Shell Cafe, Tampa, FL
June 2018 – May 2019

  • Wiped down chairs and tables
  • Swept and mopped floors
  • Packed away dishes and cutlery from the dishwasher
  • Wiped down kitchen counters

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


Thorough, safety-focused janitor with a reputation for strong work ethic, organizational skills and friendly demeanor. Proven interpersonal skills and ability to function highly and consistently in a busy environment with multiple demands on time.

Key Skills

  • Washing, sweeping, vacuuming floors
  • Sanitation
  • Polishing furniture
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service
  • Light handyman skills


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

Professional Experience

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

  • Sweeping, mopping and vacuuming floors in kitchen, dining area and bathrooms
  • Cleaning and sanitizing dining area and restrooms
  • Keeping cleaning supplies area clean and organized
  • Removing ice and snow from walkways
  • Occasionally assembling, baking and packaging or serving pizzas

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

  • Cleaned animal cages in the barnyard
  • Helped supervise small children in summer camps
  • Assembled packages for youth educational programs
  • Commended for displaying exemplary attitude while performing unpopular tasks

Campus Upkeep Volunteer, Gate City Christian Church – Chubbock, Pocatello, ID
January 2018 – Present

  • Sweep and vacuum sanctuary floor
  • Sanitize seats in the sanctuary before and after services
  • Collect trash in foyer and restrooms for disposal in dumpster
  • Help schedule cleaning tasks with other volunteers

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


Hard-working high school graduate with volunteer experience in custodial services. Knowledge of cleaning supplies and their applications, as well as local waste disposal and recycling regulations. Able to work independently or with a team, and strong fluency in both Spanish and English.

Key Skills

  • Knowledge of cleaning supplies
  • Familiarity with waste disposal
  • Understanding of building security
  • Independent worker
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English


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

Participated in the high school’s Stage Prep Team for musicals, plays, and concerts
Coursework completed:

  • English Composition
  • English as a Second Language
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science 1

Professional Experience

Custodial Services Volunteer, St. Michael’s Church, Dallas, TX
June 2018 – June 2020

  • Volunteered with the paid custodial staff to help maintain the church’s indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Cleaned sanctuary, classrooms, hallways, and restrooms after services
  • Prepped sanctuary and chapel for services as needed
  • Trimmed bushes and mowed the church’s lawn to maintain landscaping
  • Periodically monitored people entering and exiting the church

Lawn Mower, Self-Employed, Dallas, TX
June 2019 – June 2020

  • Looked after neighbors lawns on a weekly basis
  • Mowed lawns and trimmed edges
  • Removed items from yards before mowing

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