How to get a Job in the Private Household Service Industry

Getting a job in the Private Household Industry…

Are you interested in working in the Private Household Service industry? Do you wonder what that could possibly be? For example, job positions and roles like Housekeepers, Nannies, Personal Assistants, House Managers, Estate Managers, Butlers, Chefs, Drivers, Security Personnel and other roles that I’m probably forgetting are available! Therefore, it is just a matter of getting in these steps so you can work in high-end houses. You can take these steps in different order, but here is the general idea of how to go about working in and working with high net worth families and individuals…

Steps to getting Your Perfect Job:

  1. What kind of experience or job skills do you have? Similarly what are you good at? For instance, figure out or narrow down what role you are going for. Is it for a housekeeper, personal assistant, chef, nanny, butler, driver, etc…
  2. You have to have a clean background, your ethics have to be good. In particular, you don’t get placed into million dollar homes if you have a shady or questionable background. If you wonder what kind of ethics, morals or guidelines you should have here is a common sense guide, http://
  3. Create the ideal job you want in the private household service industry and put that vision down on paper. To elaborate I mean, take a look at what you want in a job. I call it getting your job parameters in place. Get specific: note down, do you want a live-in position or live out? Think about what functions and roles do you want to provide, the hours you want to work, what pay you are going for. Don’t forget to put down where you want to work, note down your preferred location. In addition, what kind of benefits package are you wanting? Most importantly what kind of person or family do you want to work for? What kind of personality do you like? Do you want to work in a formal household, where they require a uniform and protocol you must follow or in a laid back atmosphere?
  4. Get your resume together. Create a resume that reflects and highlights your skills. Furthermore, you will want to include your references on there, because the agencies (as described in the next point) you deal with will want to check your past job references to make sure you have a clean and ethical background. You can make a resume yourself using a template or there are plenty of resume writing services out there that will help you get this done. Take a look at this for an example of a House Manager resume:
  5. The Domestic Placement Agencies! The all important agencies! Okay, everyone knows actors have agents. Well, we in the private household service industry have agents to place us in the high end homes. Agents, they are the key to really helping you get your foot in the door to the ultra high net worth world. The agencies are the heart and soul of the Private Household Service Industry. They place qualified candidates into the positions they have available from the high end homes. The high net worth client will call an agency to fill a role they want done. The agency then searches for the most qualified candidate to fill that position. There are tons of Domestic placement agencies, just search on the internet for them. Type in “domestic placement agencies.” Most do not charge you, the candidate, to register with them. You can call the agencies, email them your resume. You can find over 300 agencies on my Facebook page:
  6. Market yourself. By now you should be in job search mode. With the basics out of the way of getting your skills, job parameters and resume completed, now it is time to market yourself. This entails getting your name out there to as many people and places as possible. You have to market yourself or promote yourself to the category, field, audience that you are wanting to be in, but really it is important to just network. This would most certainly include all social media platforms. Get creative. Even if it doesn’t directly relate to the domestic industry just getting your name out there and that you are on the market for whatever role you are going for and open to new opportunities, it all helps to land you the perfect job. I think of it as a numbers game. You might have to get your name out there to hundreds or thousands of people, but someone is going to say yes! One social media site that most definitely pertains to finding jobs in the Private Household Service industry is LinkedIn. View my LinkedIn profile as an example:
  7. Search for job leads. Now that you have promoted yourself and are marketing yourself on every channel or media platform you can think of, it is time to start looking for job leads. Again, re-contact or continue to contact the domestic placement agencies. “Farm them” that is what I call it, when you check in with them every week or so and ask them if they have gotten any new positions in. Don’t forget to search on the other job search sites like,,,  and many others…
  8. Interviews. So, you found a job lead or leads, great! Next step is interview land, ha ha. By this I mean, the agent will tell you when and where to go or maybe it will be a video call interview depending on where you are. Thus you can watch YouTube videos to brush up on your interviewing skills. In fact, it helps to give you confidence and keep you sharp. Bring your resume to the interview and dress appropriately for the position you are applying for.
  9. Trial period. Sometimes you will get an offer to do a trial period. In that case, jump in there and do it, give it your best shot and show them your skills and competence.
  10. Contracts. As a result, from doing all these steps you should be hired. The trial period worked out and they want you to start working there, great! Your agent or the house that hired you should have a contract and paper work for you to go through like a non disclosure agreement, etc. To clarify, go through the contract and get all the details, work it out if you need to, but this is about the last step of getting hired.




Moreover, for more resources please feel free to contact me.  I’m curious, where will you find yourself working?




Meet the Author: 

Kelly Watkins is a  House Manager, Housekeeper and Success Influencer at your service!  18 years of delivering domestic excellence in the private service industry.  Meeting requirements for running distraction free estates. I truly take pride in running a clean and orderly house delivered with superlative quality and dependability.  I am a people person at heart.  What I like about my profession is that I can take a house and move it up into a better condition in all aspects.  Continuously helping others is my successful action in life.



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