How to Resign As a Cashier


Whether you are getting another cashier job at a different establishment or moving on to another career altogether, there are several things to keep in mind when you leave your current job. It's a cliche, but you don't want to burn any bridges, as you never know when you may need them in the future. The more professional you are, the smoother your resignation will go. Sometimes this is easier said than done if the case is such that you hate your job, but it's vital that you power through and do the right thing.

  • Give plenty of notice to your customer service supervisor and do so in writing. In most instances, two weeks is adequate. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from giving a full two weeks---for instance, if your new job requires that you go out of town to train ASAP---explain those reasons and politely apologize, explaining that there was nothing you could do. The general idea is to not leave your supervisor without enough time to find a replacement for you, as this can also put your fellow cashiers in a bind with one less person working the registers.

  • Talk with your supervisor in private when it's time to make your announcement. Make sure you have enough time to do so. For instance, avoid commencing the conversation if you are about to return to the register after a break. Hand her the written notice, and politely explain why you have deemed it time to move on. Depending on how you view the job, this make take some mental focus, but it's vital that you don't bash the place or use any negativity.

  • Maintain excellent customer service during your shifts. It may be tempting to espouse "short timer's syndrome" and sleep walk through your two week notice, but you should still remain professional and treat the customers with courtesy and respect. Worst case scenario, your boss could see your sub-par performance and mention it to your new employer if she were so inclined.

  • Train your replacement with both precision and kindness. If you're particularly anxious to leave, you shouldn't skip over any details the new person needs to know. Inform him of all cash handling, customer service and safety procedures. Also, just like with when you talked with your supervisor, don't talk bad about the job. It's unprofessional and it could give the replacement an unfairly skewed opinion of the place.

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