What does a Key Holder do?

As a Key Holder you exhibit an aptitude for managerial responsibilities. This position is responsible for opening and closing the store and performing other duties in the absence of management. You will assist team mates in periods of high volume and provide support for new employees. In addition, you will ensure the store is clean and organized.

An ideal candidate will have a GED or H.S. diploma with a minimum of 3 years of retail experience. You must have basic computer skills and have a keen attention to detail. You must be available for early and late shifts as well as on the weekends. You need to have a professional demeanor and a friendly nature and have good written and verbal skills. You must have reliable transportation and live within 15 miles of the store.

What responsibilities are common for Key Holder jobs?
  • Arrive early to open & leave late to close
  • Ensure store is clean and organized
  • Operate the alarm system, including setting and disarming
  • Ensure alarm system is in working order, troubleshoot and escalate issues as necessary
  • Oversee the cleaning and delivery staff
  • Identify problems with working conditions and share with management
  • Assume management responsibilities in the absence of the Manager or Assistant Manager
  • Assist staff during periods of high volume
What are the typical qualifications for Key Holder jobs?
  • 3+ years of retail experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Must be available for early and late shifts as well as on the weekends
  • Aptitude for management position in the retail space
  • Professional demeanor and friendly nature
  • Good written and verbal skills
  • Reliable transportation to the store
  • Live within a 15-mile radius to the store
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
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Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Key Holder make near United States?

$34,931 /yr
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Key Holder Career Path

Learn how to become a Key Holder, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Key Holder Supervisor
Key Holder IV
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2 - 4
5 - 7
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Read what Key Holder professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Vinegar HillVinegar Hill
Nov 17, 2022

“If you end up with a good team it can be a really relaxing and pleasant day”

Dollar GeneralDollar General
Lead Sales Associate/Key Holder
Sep 21, 2022

“The management of my store is great and I am glad to work with good managers”

JOANN StoresJOANN Stores
Full-Time Keyholder
Jun 6, 2021

“Being a team member with little responsibility is really fun and I loved my job before becoming a manager.”

Third Key
Oct 28, 2021

“The pay is decent and the job itself really isn't difficult if you know what you're doing.”

Paddywax Candle Bar
Key Holder
Aug 24, 2021

“I made the best friends I've ever had and made $15 an hour doing it.”

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Sales Associate/Key Holder
Jul 13, 2023

“The pay could be better for what is sold and what needs to be done.”

Rocket FizzRocket Fizz
Lead Sales Associate/Key Holder
Apr 21, 2021

“Fast paced place to work and can be challenging at times but if you have a great staff it’s a really fun job”

Shoe Dept EncoreShoe Dept Encore
Key Holder
Aug 3, 2022

“If you have a great manager than everything about this job would be an okay place to work at.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Key Holder

When working as a Key Holder, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Creative Problem Solving, Product Knowledge, Effective Communication, and Excellent Customer Service.

The most similar professions to Key Holder are:
  • Team Member
  • Cashier
  • Business Development Manager
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Key Holder include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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