With your cashier resume, you are seeking a position that is essential to virtually every single brick-and-mortar business around.

Working as a cashier requires personality, technical ability, urgency, and in-depth product knowledge to do the job well.

While this position isn’t hard to come by, it is, however, very highly competitive, with most companies receiving new applications every day.

Creating a cashier resume that will help you stand out from the pack is your best shot at getting your foot in the door with a company you want to work for.

It takes an exceptional person to work face to face with the public, and you need to create a resume that shows just how unique you are.

If you are ready to land your next role as a cashier, we are ready to help you get started.

Summary

  1. Resume Template
  2. Formatting
  3. Writing Your Resume Summary
  4. Areas of Expertise
  5. Writing Your Work Experience
  6. Writing Your Education Section
  7. Additional Sections
  8. Resume Points to Remember
  9. Resume “Don’ts” to Remember
  10. Some Helpful Tools

Let’s begin with a sample cashier resume to demonstrate how all the resume pieces fit together. Then we will break each section down to really drill into how to write the best cashier resume you possibly can.

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Cashier Resume (Text Version)

Contact Info:

Reginald Lewis
rlewis@email.com
(813) 236-2118
Tampa FL, 33601
linkedin.com/rlewis

Summary Statement:

Cashier: Friendly and personable cashier with 10 years of experience and expertise in both retail and food industries. Provides exceptional customer service through efficiency, diligence, and strict adherence to company standards. Regularly selected by management staff to train colleagues on the execution of daily business operations and customer retention.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Square
  • Point of Sale Systems
  • Revenue Management
  • Time Management
  • Team Training
  • Adaptable
  • Effective Communication
  • Detail-oriented
  • Drawer Balancing
  • Stocking and Merchandising
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Fast and Efficient
  • Complaint Resolution

Professional Experience:

Target | Cashier
Tampa, FL | March 2013–Present

  • Manage cash transactions and process sales returns and refunds for over 100 customers a day
  • Provide friendly service to all guests leading to a positive customer service review of over 97%
  • Assist sales floor team members by restocking shelves and organizing floor sets
  • Trained over 20 team members on cash register and providing exceptional guest service

Walmart | Cashier
Tampa, FL | May 2010–January 2013

  • Answered customer questions regarding products and promotions 
  • Maintained a neat and clean working environment to ensure a productive and organized workspace
  • Counted drawer to ensure consistency of all transactions, including coupons and product sales 

McDonald’s | Cashier
Clearwater, FL | May 2009–May 2010

  • Greeted customers and processed food orders in a timely manner to ensure efficient service
  • Handled inventory by documenting supply and restocking items when necessary
  • Trained team members on aspects of professionalism and customer service 

Education

High School Diploma

Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL
May 2009

Formatting

When hiring managers review your resume, the first thing to stand out is the formatting.

There is a wide variety of acceptable formats to choose from, but there are aspects of formatting that you should always follow regardless of what style you select.

All formatting decisions you make should be made with the goal of creating a professional appearance and an easy-to-read resume.

Selecting a legible font allows your readers to follow your text down the page, while also creating clarity for more significant details to stand out.

Always use bullet points and proper spacing to allow separation between the lines of text and the different sections you write.

If there are important details that you don’t want your readers to miss, you can always utilize bolding or italicizing when necessary.

Because hiring managers only spend about six seconds reviewing resumes, assume that your resume will not be read in its entirety.

Make sure that your most impressive, recent, and relevant information comes first by listing accomplishments and work history in reverse chronological order.

Don’t just select a format that you think looks interesting — pick a format that is going to allow your most crucial information to come first and show up more prominently on the page.

Following these guidelines will not only create an impressive resume but also show off your own unique and valuable qualifications.

Start With Your Resume Summary

The first section of your cashier resume serves the purpose of introducing who you are as a cashier by describing any experience, qualifications, and abilities related to being a cashier.

While there is a lot of information to cover in order to describe yourself fully, this section of your resume should only be two to three sentences long.

Your resume summary is somewhat subjective due to its briefness and the amount of information that you can choose to cover.

Before you begin writing this section, ask yourself a few questions.

What skills and qualifications should a capable cashier have?

What personality traits does a pleasant cashier have?

Once you have answered those questions, try to narrow down the possibilities to details that suit you the best.

Yes!

Friendly and personable cashier with 10 years of experience and expertise in both retail and food industries. Provides exceptional customer service through efficiency, diligence, and strict adherence to company standards. Regularly selected by management staff to train colleagues on the execution of daily business operations and customer retention.

No!

Cashier with expertise in retail and food industries. Provides customer service and trains colleagues on the execution of daily business operations and customer retention.

The first resume summary lends specific details and descriptions to provide a complete portrayal of a well-versed and competent candidate.

The second example lends little detail to describe how the candidate conducts the tasks discussed and provides little information to support their experience level or competencies.

PRO TIP: If you are struggling to decide what information to include in this section, try to skip it and come back. Often, writing your work history and skills sections first provides more clarity on the information that should be discussed in a resume summary.

Key Accomplishments/ Skills & Qualifications

Often, when hiring managers review resumes, they want to see if you meet the requirements they are looking for in a candidate.

Hiring managers want to know if you have the skills and qualifications necessary to be a successful cashier, and they don’t want to have to search around for the details.

So, including a section in your cashier resume to list your various skills and areas of expertise related to cashiering — without added information — is the best way to grab a hiring manager’s attention.

As you come up with the various abilities you want to include on this list, consider that there are two distinct types of skills to include.

Hard skills:

  • Teachable
  • Practiced
  • Technical
  • Field-specific

Soft skills:

  • Innate (personality traits)
  • People skills
  • Behavior-related
  • Not always teachable

Both of these kinds of skills are necessary to assist customers and provide dependable service as a cashier.

Neither skill type is more important than the other, so make sure that you include a fair amount of both in this section.

Key Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise

  • Square
  • Point of Sale Systems
  • Revenue Management
  • Time Management
  • Team Training
  • Adaptable
  • Effective Communication
  • Detail-oriented
  • Drawer Balancing
  • Stocking and Merchandising
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Fast and Efficient
  • Complaint Resolution

PRO TIP: If you are responding to a job posting, make sure that you read it thoroughly before writing your cashier resume. Companies will typically include details regarding the kinds of skills and qualifications they want their cashiers to have. If you see skills listed in the job posting, then add them to your resume as well.

Writing Your Work Experience

Now that you have properly introduced yourself, it is time to get down to the specifics.

Your work history section is an opportunity to show that your skills and abilities are based on a foundation of real-world experience.

Typically, work history sections are listed in reverse chronological order to allow for a candidate’s most recent experiences to come first.

However, it is important always to include work experience related to cashiering whenever possible — over work experience in fields that don’t provide much relevance.

For example, if you are deciding between including a recent job as a waitress or a recent position as a tutor, the former would provide more talking points to discuss related to being a cashier.

Including work experience with relevant job tasks and related skills is essential, because each job you include should have a description of three to five bullet points.

Each bullet point of your job description should begin with a new keyword or power word (action verb) to highlight your strengths as a cashier.

Starting each bullet point with a distinctive new word to describe how you conducted work tasks shows hiring managers that your skills are versatile and relevant to the position you seek.

Yes!

Target | Cashier | Tampa, FL | March 2013–Present

  • Manage cash transactions and process sales returns and refunds for over 100 customers a day
  • Provide friendly service to all guests leading to a positive customer service review of over 97%
  • Assist sales floor team members by restocking shelves and organizing floor sets
  • Trained over 20 team members on cash register and how to provide exceptional guest service

No!

Target | Cashier | Tampa, FL | March 2013–Present

  • Take care of cash transactions and sales returns
  • Provide friendly service to all guests
  • Help sales floor team members with restocking and organizing
  • Train new team members

The first example includes specific details and strong power words to describe the candidate’s work ethic and the results of their labor.

The second example lends little to no detail in describing how the candidate carries out the tasks listed, leaving them forgettable and underwhelming.

PRO TIP: It is important to quantify and qualify details that you discuss in your job descriptions to make them more impactful. If you received “positive customer reviews,” providing a specific percentage is more memorable. If you “assisted customers,” lending details as to how you assisted them paints a fuller picture of what you are capable of as a cashier.

(If you lack work experience, see below for a helpful section.)

About Bots

When you submit your cashier resume to a company, you expect that either a manager or owner will review it and decide if they want to bring you in for an interview.

While that is still mostly the case, there is a significant added step in the hiring process that you should be aware of.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), or bots, are computer programs created to sort through resumes prior to the review of a hiring manager.

When a bot analyzes a resume, it searches it for keywords that are associated with “good-candidate potential” and relevance to the position needing to be filled.

Due to the increased use of bots by companies, some hiring managers believe that writing job descriptions in paragraphs instead of bullet points allows candidates more freedom to include keywords.

However, when writing with bullet points, it is still possible to include a wide range of keywords in your job descriptions as long as you are intentional about their use.

Bullet points also tend to engage human audiences better than paragraphs do.

Based on these details, we at Big Interview believe that using bullet points is still the best method of resume formatting.

Either way, it is important to get a sense of the visual differences between these two formatting options.

Standard bullet point format:

Walmart | Cashier | Tampa, FL | May 2010–January 2013

  • Answered customer questions regarding store products and promotions
  • Maintained a neat and clean working environment to ensure a productive and organized workspace
  • Counted drawer to ensure consistency of all transactions, including coupons and product sales

Paragraph format:

Walmart | Cashier | Tampa, FL | May 2010–January 2013

Answered customer questions regarding store products and promotions and processed transactions in an efficient manner to provide quality customer service. Maintained a neat and clean working environment to ensure a productive and organized workspace. Counted drawer to ensure consistency of all transactions, including coupons and product sales with a 100% accuracy.

Paragraph format w/ bullet points:

Walmart | Cashier | Tampa, FL | May 2010–January 2013

Answered customer questions regarding store products and promotions and processed transactions in an efficient manner to provide quality customer service. Maintained a neat and clean working environment to ensure a productive and organized workspace. Counted drawer to ensure consistency of all transactions, including coupons and product sales with 100% accuracy.

  • POS Register
  • Employee of the Month (2 times)

Writing Your Education Section

Many companies still require some form of education, so it is necessary to include those credentials on your cashier resume to show them that you meet their requirements.

When listing your education, always include your highest degree first and work your way down.

List each degree by including the title of the degree, the school you attended, and the year you graduated.

Example:

High School Diploma

Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL
May 2009

If you have any additional certifications to include, you can list them in this section or create a separate section directly preceding or following your education.

Example:

Certified Client Services Professional

Possible Sections to Include

If you have any additional accomplishments to include in your resume that didn’t fit well in other sections, you can add them by creating separate sections to accommodate them.

Some additional sections to consider including are:

  • Awards and honors
  • Publications
  • Noteworthy Projects
  • Social Media Influence
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Volunteer Work

What if You Have no Experience?

If you are only recently entering the workforce and either lack previous work experience as a cashier or any work experience altogether, you are still capable of creating a great resume.

If you have no work experience, you will want to start by moving your education section below your resume summary, and expanding on a few details.

Adding notable accomplishments in school, like earning a high GPA or any honors and awards, can help promote the concept of you being an intelligent and hard-working candidate.

You can also include any clubs or impressive coursework you completed as well.

Volunteer work and internships are the best way to land your first job because they show hiring managers that you have work experience even if it wasn’t paid.

If you have some work experience that isn’t in a position as a cashier, you can still include that work experience on your resume.

Just make sure that you focus your job descriptions on listing tasks and abilities that are more related to the tasks involved in working as a cashier.

Resume Points to Remember

Check things over

Read your resume and revise it before you hand it in to a company. If you have a friend or family member who can review your resume with you and give you their opinion, take the opportunity.

Keep things brief

Don’t write a cashier resume that goes on for more than one page. Hiring managers are busy people who will not be impressed with a resume from a candidate who failed to narrow things down before submitting their application.

Don’t repeat yourself

Make sure that when you are writing job descriptions for multiple positions, you aren’t listing the same details twice. Always list new and impressive accomplishments and duties for every bullet point you write.

Try to Avoid

Packing it in

Make sure that you aren’t overcrowding the page of your resume. Always allow for adequate spacing between lines and sections to create the appearance of a neat and professional resume.

Flashy fonts and formats

It is vital to grab the attention of a hiring manager; however, don’t try to do so with a “fun” font or an overly unique format. Often, hiring managers just want the details to speak for themselves without the creative distractions.

“I” and “me”

When writing your resume, you will be describing yourself and your experience by talking in the first person. However, don’t include the words “I” and “me” when writing your resume because many hiring managers find the phrasing awkward and off-putting.

(See below for a helpful table of some suggested power words.)

Helpful Tools:

Cashier Resume Power Words

  • Administered
  • Founded
  • Adept
  • Formulated
  • Built
  • Implemented
  • Created
  • Improved
  • Consolidated
  • Initiated
  • Coordinated
  • Launched
  • Developed
  • Pioneered
  • Designed
  • Organized

Cashier Resume Skills List

Hard Skills Soft Skills
Drawer Balancing Customer Service
Spanish Speaking Leadership
Stocking and Merchandising Fast and Efficient
POS System Customer Service
Team Training Time Management