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Become A Deli Associate

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Working As A Deli Associate

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $83,158

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Deli Associate does

  • Understand hot food portion control 8.
  • Operated rotisserie ovens and helped with the production and packaging of chickens.
  • Operated machinery such as the meat slicers and weighing scales.
  • Operate meat, cheese slicers, ovens, fryers, and other deli equipment.
  • Cleaned Cooked in the Deli Department
  • Sliced deli meats and cheese.
  • Fried products in deep fryer.
  • Use of weight scale to price food items.
  • Provide information regarding available deli items such as meats and cheeses.
  • Prepare deli foods Keep area clean Provide outstanding customer service Answer phone calls Walmart.
  • Weighed and packaged prepared foods for customers to within 1/8 pound.
  • Received, opened, unpacked and issued sales floor merchandise.
  • Welcome customers who approach the deli counter and ask for their orders.
  • Prepared bakery and deli items.
  • Assisted customers with special orders.
  • make subs salads, and all other deli products
  • Take a record temperature of food and food storage areas such as refrigerator andfreezers.
  • Maintained the cleanliness of the work environment by wiping surfaces and cleaning deli equipment.
  • Maintained Publix's high standards for product freshness and sanitation.
  • Inspected and cleaned food preparation areas and utensils.

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How To Become A Deli Associate

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.


Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.


Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.

Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.

Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.


Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.

Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people. 

Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.

Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.

Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.

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Deli Associate Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Swedish

  • Romanian

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Bulgarian

  • Ukrainian

  • Norwegian

  • Thai

  • Croatian

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Top Deli Associate Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Deli Meats
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided outstanding customer service experience to all patrons.
  • Slice deli meats and cheeses utilizing slicers and weighing machines.
  • Follow company policies and procedures as well as local and federal laws regarding food safety.
  • Close food preparation areas to be ready for next days needs.
  • Put away Deli truck twice a week, assist customers with purchase of cake orders or hot food orders.

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