How to become a Deli Associate

The first step to become a deli associate is to get on-the-job training as the role requires no formal education. Some states have an age limit of 18 years old and above if the position involves serving alcoholic drinks. Your employer will train you for several weeks on the procedures and processes used in their establishment.

Training covers customer service, food handling, safety and sanitation. You need excellent communication skills, customer service knowledge and physical stamina to carry heavy items and stand for long periods. If you remain in the position long enough, or get a certificate, you might advance to higher positions such as waiter, cook or restaurant manager.

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What skills help Deli Associates find jobs?

  • Stocking
  • Basic Math
  • Food Service
  • Customer Service
  • Food Handling
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Food Preparation Experience
  • Guest Services
  • Cashiering
  • Schematics
  • Assistant Manager Experience
  • Baking
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Career progression for Deli Associate

Education levels for Deli Associates

Based on the requirements of Deli Associate job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Deli Associate in the United States within the last three years.

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Common qualifications for Deli Associates

  • Food Handler Certification
  • ServSafe
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • Bartender License
  • TABC Certified
  • MAST Permit
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Driver's License
  • MTA
  • Forklift Certification
  • Licensed Psychiatric Technician
  • CDL B
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Deli Associate

What are the top skills you need as a deli associate?

A deli associate needs excellent customer service skills and experience in sales. They also require a working knowledge of preparing deli meals and an understanding of food handling in compliance with health and safety guidelines. Deli associates should also be proficient in communication, inventory, planning and adaptability.

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