When is the best time to start a housekeeping job?
The best time for a housekeeper to begin a new job is at least three weeks after they leave the company.
And while some companies will let the new hires start at any time, others may require you to do it at least a week before they begin.
“It depends on what you’re doing at the time,” says Jill Schoettler, owner of Schoeterman’s Salon and Spa in Los Angeles.
“If you’re in a small, medium-size business, you’re going to want to go with at least two weeks.”
But the rules vary by state.
For example, in Arizona, the state’s state labor code says you can’t be fired for not being available for work at your job.
In Missouri, however, the department of labor regulates your work schedule, says Michael Wiese, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
So even if you don’t have to work, you should consider your options before your new job starts.
“I don’t think that any of us should stop working if we don’t want to,” Wieses says.
“But I also think it’s really important to have some kind of plan to try to avoid any type of conflict that could arise.”
So how do you decide when to start your new gig?
Here’s what you need to know about housekeeping, a field that is booming in the U.S. with about 7.3 million jobs in it.
Is it time to hire?
It depends on where you live.
“You have to look at what the local labor laws say,” Schoets says.
So, for example, if you work in an urban area, you may be more likely to be able to get a job there.
And if you live in a rural area, Schoetts says you’re more likely not to be hired.
But there are other factors.
For instance, it’s harder to get an interview in an office than in a retail or service environment.
And you might be more comfortable with a new employee working in a particular department.
“So if you have a department where the workers are mostly in a certain job category, you’ll likely be better off hiring the person who can do that,” Schoes says.
But you’re also more likely if you want to make a change to your routine and make your work environment more flexible.
And even if your new hire can’t work in your department, you might want to consider the company’s culture, says Jessica Miller, a labor and employment expert at The Ohio State University.
“For many people, a change in job title or work schedule can bring some stability, but it may not always be what you want,” Miller says.
For those looking to start their own business, she suggests asking around to find out about other openings.
But for most people, the best way to decide is to talk to your boss and find out what they expect of their employees, she says.
And, if the job requires more than a couple of weeks of work, Schoes recommends starting with two weeks.