Convenience stores are often looking for responsible associates to work as employees. Some individuals may like to work in a convenience store part-time supplementing their income as they go to school or work a full-time job. For others, working in a convenience store is a full-time job. Starting out as a clerk in a convenience store may be a stepping stone to a more permanent career as a convenience store manager.
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Convenience store associates may be required to be proficient with basic math skills such as adding and subtracting as they could be ringing up store purchases. Computer skills are often required for employees who will be required to operate computerised gas pumps or credit card machines. Most convenience stores require some kind of customer service skills and require an individual to effectively communicate with customers.
Convenience store associates may be required to replace inventory on the store shelves. This could require the associate to lift heavy cartons and be able to bend and stoop to put away items. Associates could be required to climb ladders to put items on shelves in the store or in storage or to change signage. Store employees may work in a store that sells gasoline so they will be inhaling gas fumes and may need to handle chemicals such as windshield wiper fluid. Store employees may also need to work outside the store as needed and could be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures depending on the season.
Some convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which make them convenient for shoppers. Some individuals may enjoy working the midnight shift while others may not like to be awake and working late at night.
Salary And Benefits
In 2008 the median salary for a convenience store cashier or clerk is approximately £5 per hour and the median salary for managers is approximately £22,750, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many convenience stores offer paid vacation after one year and may offer bonuses to their employees. Convenience stores may also offer profit sharing and other benefits to their full-time employees.
Convenience store associate responsibilities generally include ringing up customer purchases, maintaining inventory, keeping the store neat, and clean and maintaining rest rooms and grounds. They can be responsible for financial reporting and accurate money handling. Administrative details, such as completing inventory orders or accident reports, may also be required. They may also be required to cook and handle food if it is offered in the store. Employees may also be responsible for merchandising, hanging signs and rotating inventory on shelves and in coolers.
Keep in mind that some convenience stores are manned by one employee per shift. Individuals who do not enjoy working alone may want to consider if convenience store employment is right for them.
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