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Career Story: Accounting Clerk For A Big Box Retailer

Accounting Clerk For A Big Box Retailer

Job Title: Cash Office Associate

Type of Company: I work for a large Costco-style retailer of food and consumer goods.

Education: high school

Previous Experience: I have worked in many areas of retail. Cash office is just one of them.

Job Tasks: My job consists of counting money and making deposits, building up drawers for cashiers and making sure that their drawers are not short (or over). I give out money for purchases for the club and keep track of it weekly. We also take care of our lottery machine and lottery ticket machine. We have to balance the money taken in from lottery and the ticket machine and fill the ticket machine when the books run out. We now have self-scan registers that we have to fill with money and coin and maintain to make sure all money goes in and out properly. Every Monday we have to get all the paperwork from the previous week and make copies and send all the originals to our home office for them to check and keep track of. We are also responsible for all the different keys that go to the club: the keys for the registers, certain offices, and the receiving doors.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is I am by myself in an office and I can listen to a radio and get my work done. I like working with money and numbers and keeping track of it all.

The worst part is when you go to add everything in the office to make sure you have the right amount that we keep in the safe (this is called an "audit") and it does not come out right. We have to find it to make the safe balance. Sometimes it is not easy. We have to go over everything we did that day to find the mistake.

Job Tips: The one thing that my mother always told me was to learn as much as you can in a job. That way they can put you in different areas if they need to and you have a variety of jobs which makes it interesting every day.

I know math is not some people's best subject, but this job certainly needs it.

You need to have patience. Working with money can be frustrating when it doesn't add up correctly.

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