Whether you are seeking a cashier job as a temporary means to earn income or you intend to work the position long-term, there are important points to consider when crafting your resume. If you have been in the working world for a significant amount of time, chances are great that you have racked up a lot of experience and qualifications. How you place this information on your resume can work for you or against you. The key is to keep your resume tailored for the cashier position you seek.
Skills & Qualifications
There are a quite a few skills and qualifications that an employer may look for in a cashier. At the end of the day, he wants to know that all of the company's money is accounted for and the customers are happy. As such, it is important to list only cashier related skills in the “skills” section of your resume. Examples of cashier skills include computer operations, running a cash register, counting a cash drawer, money handling, operating a 10-key machine, mathematical skills, customer service and credit card processing. By listing these skills at the top of your resume, a potential employer can quickly scan the section for keywords to determine whether you are qualified for the position.
All resumes need a “professional experience” section to show off your past work experience. It's possible that you have held several distinguishable job positions that you are tempted to add to the experience section. Resist that temptation. Only list jobs that involved working as a cashier, cash handling or customer service. When listing your previous job experiences, include the name of the employer, your job title, dates of employment and specific job duties.
Avoid Sounding Overqualified
When a potential employer looks at your resume, he wants to know that you will be around for a while. If most of your listed job experience includes highly-paid positions, he may hesitate to hire you. In his eyes, you are overqualified for the cashier position. For this reason, don't include any past employment experience that is irrelevant to the cashier position. Also, it may be necessary to downplay your former job duties to avoid sounding overqualified.
In most cases, cashiers are required to have a high school diploma or GED. Create an “education” section to list your educational credentials. Include the name of the high school you graduated from and the year of graduation. If you have a college degree or professional certification, be leery about putting these credentials on your resume. If an employer sees a college degree on your resume, he may feel that your job position as a cashier will be short-lived until you find another job in your desired career field. This goes back to being overqualified for the position. Leaving off your college credentials is not lying. It's simply omitting unnecessary credentials that may cost you the job.
Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.