Every week we comb through the news to find employment trends affecting the hospitality industry so you don’t have to. This week’s hospitality in the news topic: how to get a cashier job with no experience.
With over three million people employed in the United States as cashiers, opportunities in this position are vast. Cashiers work in restaurants, retail establishments, or concession stands and while these locations differ, the position requirements are often the same. But what if you don’t have any experience? We’re here to help. Follow these four steps to land the cashier job you want and make some extra cash.
How to Get a Cashier Job with No Experience
STEP 1: IMPROVE YOUR SOFT SKILLS
Soft skills are qualities like good communication, coachability, and friendliness. Cashier positions require several soft skills because they work directly with customers and are necessary for creating a good guest experience. Oftentimes cashiers need to have great organizational and people skills.
Practice keeping your desk or room neat and organized to prepare you for keeping your workspace in order. We also suggest doing some simple research on how other cashiers interact with their customers. Visit a coffee shop, restaurant, or mall and see how other cashiers connect with those around them. Take note of things they do to make your experience better so you can start to mirror their actions.
STEP 2: GET FAMILIAR WITH POS SYSTEMS
A point-of-sale or POS system is used for electronically processing payments from customers and may be used for additional responsibilities at other establishments (such as taking orders at restaurants). If you’ve never worked with this system before it’s important to familiarize yourself with them before applying for a job as a cashier. Check out YouTube for tutorials to get better acquainted with the software you’ll be working with.
STEP 3: BRUSH UP ON BASIC MATH
Depending on where you’re working some cashier positions may involve cash handling without the use of a POS system. For this reason, it’s beneficial to brush up on basic math skills. Find a good website that allows you to practice – it can make all the difference on your shift.
STEP 4: GO GET THAT JOB
Now that you’ve prepared yourself for the position, it’s time to apply for a job as a cashier. If that job isn’t available, start off by finding a similar position that will afford you the opportunity to learn and move into the position you want.
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