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How Do I Become a Day Porter?

Day porters keep public areas clean.
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  • Written By: A. Rohlandt
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 17 October 2014
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If you want to become a day porter, you should be able to get a job without any formal qualifications, but some employers may prefer candidates who can speak and read English fluently and who have a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED). You may also be able to complete courses in cleaning to further your career. You should be fit and healthy, as this is a job that can be demanding physically, and it's best to have good interpersonal skills as well. As a day porter, you may be expected to perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks, so knowing how to use various cleaning products and devices could work in your favor.

Most companies or businesses that hire day porters require that they speak and write English fluently, but this could vary depending on the location in which you apply. If you want to become a day porter, a basic rule of thumb is to be fluent in the local language. This will enable you to fully understand any instructions given by your employers and will also make it easier to write down duties as you perform them.

There are usually no formal educational requirements to become a day porter. Some employers, however, do prefer to hire candidates who have at least finished high school. So if you have a high school diploma or GED, it could give you an advantage over other applicants.

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Depending on where you are in the world there may be opportunities to study for a qualification while you are working. In the UK, for example, you could complete National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) levels to help further your career. Some of these courses can be completed while working, so getting the qualifications won't disrupt your work schedule. If you want to become a supervisor, it's helpful to earn some kind of qualification to help you move up the career ladder.

If you want to become a day porter, you should be physically fit, and in good health. The job can involve lifting or carrying objects, stepping onto ladders for minor repairs, and using mops and brooms for extended periods. You should also be able to be on your feet for a significant part of the day.

Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential when working as a day porter. Depending on your working environment, you may be required to communicate not only with your supervisor but with general members of the public as well. Being able to understand instructions and communicate effectively is important in this line of work.

Knowing how to use various cleaning products and machinery can be useful if you want to become a day porter. You may be required to use washers, polishers, and other cleaning devices. If you have no experience, you could apply with a company that offers training to new employees. This will ensure that you are trained to a potential employer's standards.

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