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How Do I Become a Cashier?

A solid understanding of basic math, good people skills and trustworthiness are all qualities that can help one become a cashier.
A cashier must be comfortable working with computers and scanners.
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  • Written By: M.R. Anglin
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 05 July 2014
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Though it is not usually necessary for a person to undergo prior training to become a cashier, several characteristics will help in achieving this position. For one, he must have some skills in mathematics and be trustworthy. It is also important for a person to be comfortable working with computers and scanners. In addition, a successful candidate who wants to become a cashier will like to be around customers. It will also help if the cashier works well under pressure in order to handle busy days.

One of the most important skills a person must have in order to become a cashier is a solid math base. A cashier must be able to add, subtract, and multiply in order to properly service the customers. Though it may be argued that the cash register does all the mathematical work for the cashier, this argument is flawed. Though the cash register will be able to tell the cashier how much a customer owes and how much change he should get, the cashier will still have to count out the amount of change. It is also important that the cashier have math skills for instances when the machine breaks down.

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Another important trait for a person who wants to become a cashier to have is trustworthiness. Cashiers must be able to handle money properly and securely throughout their shifts. A wise company will not to put a person who has proven to be untrustworthy in charge of money. An untrustworthy cashier may rob the customer or the business and ruin the business’s reputation. In addition, the cashier will also be trusted with a customer’s credit card information and not allow it to fall into the wrong hands.

A cashier must also be comfortable working with computers. Many stores use sophisticated machines that make the job easier but others may not. The cashier must be able to quickly learn the machines and their codes in order to do the various tasks that may come up in the day. It is also important that the cashier perform these functions quickly so that customers don’t get impatient. Learning the equipment and machines is usually during in a training period that is usually undertaken after the person is hired for the job.

Having a history of customer service may also be of help to a person wanting to become a cashier. Cashiers must be able to handle unruly and impatient customers, so a sunny disposition and a good attitude are important. In addition, a cashier must be able to do his job quickly and efficiently. This way, he will be able to keep the line moving and customer’s happy without making mistakes. A person with such skills is sure to be an asset to the company who hires him.

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