New Year, new career: Things to consider when applying for private household work


The New Year presents an opportunity to branch out into unchartered territory or simply advance your skillset in the field of private housekeeping. Whether a seasoned household staff member or beginning your career in domestic service, getting that all-important first impression right is crucial when approaching a new position. Follow our simple guide to applying for jobs in 2016.

Finding household vacancies

There are several methods for finding employment as a domestic professional. Responding to classifieds is a tried and tested method, but in today’s job market the need to ensure potential employers receive your interest in a timely manner has moved the application process online. With specialist household recruitment services offering full domestic position details through their website, this approach is a must for applicants. If your previous job was secured this way, then chances are that the agency will be more than happy to recommend you for future vacancies. Whether you’re a qualified Estate Manager, Chef or Nanny, the network effect is hugely influential in this area of employment.

Applying for domestic positions

No matter how qualified a candidate is, if they don’t apply themselves to their application then chances are another candidate who has followed every formality will get noticed in the early stages ahead of them. To avoid being eliminated in the first round, make sure that you tick every box as instructed, then move on to explain how your skillset matches every requirement in the job description. Once your application and resume are complete, ensure that any conceivable documents or background information are easy to pass on, should it be required by the agency. Household employers often need to fill a position at short notice and simply don’t have the time to wait for delayed paperwork, which could result in a less qualified applicant being hired in the meantime.

As a general rule the following resources are essential in almost every private domestic application process:

  • Current (up-to-date) CV
  • Identification documents and sometimes a recent photograph
  • Recommendations and a reference list (see below)
  • Record of your previous addresses
  • Brief explanation of your background – this is especially important for agencies in the screening process and candidates must be honest, offering details on any driving, credit history, civil litigation incidences and criminal behaviour that could affect their ability to carry out the duties expected.

Receiving Recommendations

Finally, potential employers will want to see third-party validation of your experience and performance in similar positions. It should be standard to obtain a letter of recommendation whenever you leave a household and having a few recommendations from different previous employees can greatly support your application in the present. Likewise, your reference list should include contact details for past employers should the agency wish to contact them for verification. It is essential to first check that the contacts listed are happy to act as a referee on your behalf and provide details when asked.

Remember there are several candidates applying for any one domestic job and in an area so focused on correct and proper attention to detail, the best way to stand out from a pile of applications is to first ensure that yours follows these guidelines to the letter. After that, you can embellish your application with the unique attributes, skills and experience you can bring to the position to benefit future households.

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How a butler can benefit your home

Do you live in a household that could benefit from hiring a butler from a domestic staff agency? It may not have been something that has crossed your mind before, but having an employee to help run your home can be very beneficial.

Supervising domestic staff

If you already have employees working in your home, such as chefs, housekeepers and cooks, a butler can be left in charge to manage them. This will ensure the smooth running of your household, while giving your employees someone to report to, should anything need addressing.

General housekeeping practices

The majority of butlers will possess general housekeeping skills, which may include the care of antiques, looking after houseplants and flowers, and table setting. These will all come in handy and will help ease the pressure on the housekeepers, should they find themselves particularly busy.

Stock control and inventories

A butler can be in charge of purchasing the necessary items needed for running your household, ensuring that there is the appropriate food and products in the home. This may also include keeping an eye on finances and ensuring that unnecessary purchases are avoided.

Arrange dinner parties

If as part of your occupation you are required to host functions, or if you regularly entertain friends, having a butler will ensure that they are catered for to the highest standard. They can be greeted upon arrival and asked if they require any assistance, as well as being shown to their lift home at the end of an evening.

Organise trips

A butler will also be able to book flights, hotels and theatre tickets if necessary, meaning that you can forget about the small details. This may be particularly helpful for those who work away from home or have busy careers that leave little time for this type of task.

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