At first glance, working as a cashier in a supermarket and working in a cubicle may seem like jobs on two entirely different sides of the spectrum. Look deeper, though, and it becomes apparent that these two occupations require surprisingly similar skill sets - and they're not the only ones.
The Supermarket Job
Working in a supermarket - like working an office job - can include tasks that test the upper limits of your problem-solving abilities. Demands are being made constantly and from all directions. Managers watch closely or don’t watch enough. Arguments start that must be settled. On top of the demands made by customers and supervisors, the supermarket itself requires upkeep. Cashiers may be required to perform tasks such as counting or rotating stock, organizing promotional standees, or even janitorial duties.
What Does That Have to do With the Office?
While you're likely to be spared from cleaning toilets with a cubicle job, every other task is likely to make an appearance in some form. Supply cabinets require upkeep and sometimes careful documentation to prevent company loss. Company promotions may be assigned to office workers. Workplace disputes inevitably arise, and require careful mediation. Success at these tasks can be enormously helped by the skill set that is learned in a cashier position. The forefront of this skill set is perhaps the most sought-after in the working world: customer service.
The strong customer service background generated in a supermarket job can be an invaluable asset to someone applying to for an office job that includes interaction with the public. Many sales and help-desk positions are filled by workers previously employed by grocery stores and shopping centers. This is because employers know that people having worked in such positions have generated a wide range of experience with various types of people, issues, and resolutions.
What About Other Jobs?
This versatility of skills is not something that is confined to supermarket cashiers applying for office jobs. Any previously held position that required any of the same skills as the job being applied for is a candidate for mention on an application. In some cases, it may be prudent for the applicant to mention the seemingly far-off work experience in an interview or cover letter, and to explain why they included the position in their application. Not every past job has a place there - it is extremely important to consider the similarities as well as the differences between skills required for past jobs, and those asked after in a job description. The same applies to building a resume.
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