How to write a Janitor job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Janitor job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Janitor job titles

    Junior Custodian
    School Janitor
    Janitor (Part-Time)

Janitor job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Janitor job summary

We are currently seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Janitor. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented, flexible and willing to take on non-routine cleaning and special projects as the need arises. The Janitor will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing offices, meeting rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room and public areas. This is fantastic opportunity to earn competitive pay and full-time benefits.

Janitor responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Janitor responsibilities

    Perform general clean-up of all areas of the building as directed
    Manage routine upkeep of exterior areas, green space and parking lot
    Complete non-routine cleaning according to specified job orders
    Remove garbage and recycling daily and prepare bins for weekly pick-up
    Handle emergency cleaning and upkeep requests
    Ensure rooms are maintained and fully equipped
    Troubleshoot issues with HVAC system, lighting and indoor climate control as necessary

Janitor qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Janitor skills

    2+ years janitorial experience
    High school diploma/GED required
    Willingness to work early morning or late night shifts
    Ability to work well under minimal supervision
    Capacity to take direction
    Strong attention to detail
    Physically capable of lifting and moving objects up to 30 pounds as necessary

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