WHAT DO CLERKS DO?
Cash in! Clerks are the front line of customer service for many companies. Clerks serve as cashiers, food servers, order takers, working directly with customers to create an enjoyable shopping environment. Clerks can also work the back of house, stocking and restocking materials, cleaning and making sure the shopping experience is clean and enjoyable. Clerk jobs include cashier, grocery counter clerk (like the bakery or deli counter), or warehouse clerk.
HOW MUCH DO CLERKS MAKE?
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, counter attendants made a median income of $8.83 an hour in 2010. Cashiers made $8.89 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Most clerk jobs do not require a high school diploma, although a high school diploma is preferred. In most places, you will receive training on the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Basic Mathematics: You will be handling money for customers and taking stock of supplies. the ability to add and subtract quickly is necessary.
- Customer Service Skills: you will often be speaking directly to the customer. Good listening skills, speaking and communicating calmly, effectively and in a friendly manner, and patience will serve you well.
- Stamina: Clerks often stand for long periods of time and are required to lift heavy objects.
- Flexibility: You might be asked to work nights, weekends and extended hours. Having a flexible schedule is key.