In recent years, the summary statement has replaced the objective statement on resumes. The objective statement can benefit certain job seekers, notably employees looking to make a career change. But you'll benefit most from a summary statement.
A resume summary statement is near the top of your resume and consists of a few strong phrases that help summarize your skills and experience.
Summary statements aren’t necessarily for everyone. But, if you do include a summary statement, it could potentially be a game-changer in your job search.
For example, if you're writing a functional, or skills-based resume, a summary statement may be useful as it can help explain the skills you've gained in your most recent job and how you hope to translate them to your new career choice.
Summary statements can also be useful for people writing chronological resumes if you have years of experience in the same industry.
When writing your cashier resume summary statement, you want to show off the applicable skills you gained working as a cashier. Start by creating a list of four to six skills, talents, accomplishments and achievements that you feel are essential to working as a cashier.
Include quantifiable achievements whenever possible on your resume. Clearly defining your accomplishments can be difficult if you don't regularly work with numbers, but it's possible if you focus on ranges, frequency and scale.
For instance, saying “assisted between 20-50 customers per day with sales transactions” is a lot more effective than, “provided excellent customer service.”
Here's an example of a cashier resume summary statement that includes quantifiable statements:
When you're applying for several jobs at once, it's critical to tailor your cashier resume for each job you apply for. It sounds tedious, but it can help make all the difference in the success of your job search.
Including a skills section on your resume makes the most sense for job seekers using a functional resume format. This format is best suited for someone applying for a cashier job who has limited work experience, like a recent high school or college graduate.
If you have years of experience in similar cashier jobs, a chronological resume makes more sense because this format focuses on your previous cashier positions and responsibilities. A shorter, supplemental skills section supports your work history, rather than explains your qualifications, in the chronological strategy. You'll incorporate most of your skills into your work experience section.
To format your skills section, you can use bullet points to make them visually appealing and scannable.
Many large retail stores use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to filter out qualified applicants from less qualified ones. These systems are often programmed to scan for job-specific keywords and phrases.
How you outline your work experience depends on the resume format you're using. If you don't have a lot of cashier work experience, a functional resume is going to make the most sense because it focuses on the skills you have and not your work experience.
In a functional resume, work experience is usually listed as one of the last sections and often is just a short list of any positions you've held, including the name of the workplace, location, and how long you worked there. And if you have no work experience (such as if you're in high school or college), it may not be included at all.
If you have years of experience working as a cashier, then you'll likely be using a chronological resume, and the focus of your resume is going to be your work experience.
List your work experience in reverse-chronological order, starting with the most recent position you've held and work backward. Under each place of employment, you'll list bullet points describing the skills and responsibilities you demonstrated at this job. Make sure to include relevant keywords and phrases that you can find right in the job posting.
Also, try to focus on quantifiable achievements. Apply a range, frequency or scale of accomplishments if you can. Here’s an example:
For cashier jobs, formal education is usually not required, although some stores may require a high school diploma or GED to ensure you have the necessary math skills.
You can list any specific education in its own section. Include the school you attended, the degree you obtained and the year you graduated.
If you're still in college, list that in this section, especially if the program you're enrolled in is relevant to a cashier position.
Most cashier jobs offer on-the-job training so it might make more sense to include your experience with point-of-sale (POS) systems, loyalty programs, statistics, and additional cashier training within your education section.
Here's an example of an education section for a cashier resume: