Many people seeking positions as cashiers think that all they have to do is fill out a quick application supplied by the company and get hired immediately. This is true only to some extent. Crafting a good, coherent resume to go along with that application will probably have an edge over your competition. Often, submitting one is also a requirement to be considered in the first place.
So, let’s look at the essentials of a resume for cashiers and some tips to make yours stand out.
Begin with a Summary of Your Qualifications
This has become a key part of all resumes, no matter what the position. Job seekers used to have a section called “Career Objective,” but no employer wants to see that. They don’t really care what you want – they care about how you can meet their needs. And that’s what a summary should do.
Hence, read the job posting carefully. For a cashier, it may not be lengthy, but there will still be background the employer will want. Your summary should speak to your experience that relates to each cashier position you apply for.
List Any Experience You Have Had
You will either be an entry-level candidate (seeking a permanent, full-time job for the first time) or an experienced worker with at least some related experience.
Before you put down your credentials, make a list of any positions you have held, even part-time positions you had while you were in school. Think about how they may relate to being a cashier. For example, did you deal with people in a retail environment? Even manning the drive-up window at a fast-food restaurant means that you interacted with customers.
Keep it Short and Simple
Your resume should never be more than one page in length. To simplify the review by an employer, use phrases and bullet points rather than full sentences and paragraphs. And divide the resume into very clear sections – your summary, your work experience, your education.
If you have little-to-no work experience, consider using a functional resume format instead of the more classic chronological one. In this case, you’ll keep the focus on your skills and abilities, instead of employment history that may not be that long or relevant.
Use Color and Shading but Appropriate for the Company
Most resumes today do have borders, shading, and some pops of color. For conservative organizations, these colors are muted and usually in shades of blue, maroon, etc. For more progressive organizations, bolder colors can be used. If you are not sure, err on the side of caution and use color and shading that is more muted. Also, you can always use a simple free resume template and edit it up a bit in Word with additional design elements.
Always use an easy-to-read type (e.g., Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri), but different sizes throughout, along with bold, so that it is easy to see the sections and key information you want to highlight. Resumes that have lots of “flowery” typography may be fine for an artistic or creative position, but not for a cashier or clerical one. And again, if you are not sure how to style your application, grab and adapt a premade resume template.
Cashier’s Resume Sample (Word version)
Resume Example for Cashier (text version)
An experienced cashier in three retail environments; specific skills in relating well to customers and fellow team members; willingness to take initiative and resolve customer issues; dedicated to giving customers a great experience and promoting the business reputation.
Dates: June 2016 – Present Head Cashier: XYZ Retail Outlet
General cashier duties during retail hours
- Assisted in training new hires – 8 new cashiers.
- Monitored customer service levels.
- Opened and closed cash registers, counted money in cash drawers to ensure the correct amount, helped monitor cash limits.
Dates: September 2013 – June 2016
Cashier/Stock Person: ABC Grocery Store
- Manned cash register, checking out customers, bagging
- Re-stocked shelves when not needed at the cash register
- Tracked customer loyalty rewards during the checkout process
2012 – Present: XYZ community college, enrolled in Associate’s Degree business Program
Dean’s List – first two semesters
2008 – 2012 DEF High School – Diploma Awarded
Dean’s List 7 Semesters out of 8
Graduated Cum Laude
Simple and clear – that’s the ticket for a cashier resume. Of course, all of this information will be contained on the application form you fill out, but this additional document allows a reviewer to see your qualifications and background easily. Further, your summary at the top is not something that a standard application will allow for.