As the holiday season approaches, many of you will be searching for that perfect seasonal job. You want a holiday job that will be fun, will allow you to work with people and best of all, will put a little extra money in your pocket. Cashier positions are great holiday jobs that offer flexible hours and sometimes even store discounts.
So what's it like to have a cashier job during the holiday season?
Cashier job descriptions vary depending on where you work - but almost all cashier jobs involve helping customers with their transactions, taking payment and making correct change. You will have to deal with the dreaded holiday rush, last-minute shoppers and more than a few stressed-out people. There's very little down time during the holidays for cashiers. You'll likely be cleaning up after people as well, as hurried holiday shoppers tend to be a bit messier than regular year-round shoppers.
What kind of person makes a great cashier?
Cashiers have to deal with people all day long, so having an outgoing personality is a plus. People who can think quickly in stressful situations, are decent at math and who can multi-task make great cashiers. Before applying for a holiday job as a cashier, take a moment to rate how patient you are. Could you handle an angry customer with a smile? What about a long line of angry customers? As a cashier, you'll have to deal with stressful situations and will need to be extremely patient. The holiday season can make even the sanest person lose their cool.
What are the benefits of having a cashier job during the holiday season?
Cashier jobs during the holidays usually offer extended hours, an ideal situation if you already have a full-time job. Most holiday jobs come with an employee discount, which could make your shopping extra easy this year - but double check, as the specifics will vary from store to store. Your cashier job is also chock-full of valuable retail experience that you'll be able to take with you as your career advances.
What else should I know about getting a holiday job as a cashier?
It's pretty much a given that you'll be required to work during the holidays. This means Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and perhaps even Christmas and New Year's Day will all be days you'll have to get up and go work your cashier job. If you can handle that, then a holiday job as a cashier just might be right for you.