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How to Become a Casino Cage Cashier
Casino cage cashiers directly handle the dispersal of money and cashing of chips from casino patrons. Casinos rely on their cage cashiers to accurately and efficiently count incoming and outgoing money to prevent revenue losses and keep gamblers in the action. To become a casino cage cashier, you must have the appropriate gaming licenses and math abilities needed to keep up in a fast-paced occupation with a high turnover rate.
Graduate with a high school diploma or GED from an accredited program. Most casinos do not require a college degree to work as a casino cage cashier, but they do require their employees to have a high school diploma because of the responsibilities and math demands of the job.
Apply for a casino occupational license from your state's gaming control board. Gambling is tightly regulated in most states, and licenses are a way to track workers and prevent legal problems. Casinos require their casino cage cashiers to have proof of their occupational license at the time of employment. To apply for your occupational license, contact your state's gaming control board, fill out your personal information on an application form and pay the application fee. Once approved, pay the license fee to register with the state. Fees vary between states for the application and license, but typically total a few hundred dollars.
Practice your math skills and your ability to handle money. As a casino cage cashier, you will be required to handle thousands of dollars per day at a breakneck pace. Accurate and quick counting is a must to succeed in the job. To practice your money handling, ask a friend to hand you different amounts of money. Then, count the money as quickly as you can. Work to improve your quickness and accuracy to the point that you do not make errors.
Apply for casino cage cashier positions via the casino's website or classified listings in your state. Casinos typically have a "Careers" section of their website that lists job opportunities. If the casino in which you are interested does not have a jobs section, check the classifieds of your city newspaper and jobs board.
Interview with a human resources employee at a casino. Treat the interview as you would any other professional interview. Wear business professional clothing and arrive early. Research the casino, if possible, so you are familiar with its operations and revenue figures. Because you will handle the money of the company as a casino cage cashier, knowledge of the company's performance could impress your recruiter and increase your chances of being hired.
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