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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Public Service Time Out

For anyone planning a career or seeking employment:

Please be aware that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to raise a family on the wages of a cashier. These positions are not intended to be the primary means of support for a head of house and are more appropriate for those seeking part-time employment for supplemental income or as an entry-level position when pursuing a career in management.

Further information can be obtained by thinking about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. You may also wish to compare the potential consequence of your actions to your expectations before making any decision regarding employment or career planning.

This message is being brought to you as a public service just so you'll know you're loved. ;-)

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9 Comments:

Blogger Pia said...

believe it or not, here, quite a number makes cashiering a full time job and their main source of income. =(

12/15/2005 02:37:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

To an extent it depends on one's expectations, but you are certainly right in the main.

12/15/2005 05:35:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Pia, many blessings to you and Jec today!

I think many people would like to do that here as well but even if you get a full-time position here those jobs pay only enough to keep you barely above the poverty level. Two people in a home with both working could manage but they just don't pay enough here otherwise.

Joe, it really does come down to what we expect. I hear of so many who place their hope for income on one of these jobs only to be very disappointed.

12/15/2005 07:12:00 AM  
Blogger Zeke said...

While this is particular to Wal-Mart, it's an enlightening read. I agree kc and Joe, our personal expectations should be based on what's real, but we should know the bigger picture as well. For instance, not many of us may know that Wal-Mart's low prices and low wages are subsidized by public assistance for their employees who are underpaid and underinsured--even many full time employees. This is a separate issue from what you are discussing, but it's not like the two have nothing to do with one another.

My local grocery store (a Pavillions, owned by Vons/Safeway) has cashiers that have been working there 20+ years and making a decent living. New store employees now have a different, much lower compensated package. Why? Because of fear of being undercut by Wal-Mart in the grocery market.

It doesn't have to be this way. I'm not shopping at Wal-Mart. You all decide for yourselves.

12/15/2005 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Zeke, thanks for the link. I read those statistics and it seems to reinforce the need to reconsider a career in that field. If people start to make a living elsewhere than I think that would clear up the problem with public assistance as well.

12/15/2005 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger Seeker said...

Dear Cashier,
While you are busy supplementing your income and/or pursuing a career in management, make the most of your position.
1. Be friendly.
2. Look at people.
3. Act interested.
4. See customers as your bread and butter, meager though it may be.
5. At the very least, smile.
6. Have a nice day.

12/15/2005 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

;-)

12/15/2005 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Ill bet. I nearly tried to make a career doing naff office jobs. Bad idea.

God Bless

12/15/2005 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

DF, for me it was resturant management. Made a living, just had no time for life. ;-)

12/15/2005 08:33:00 PM  

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