Open and close your shop as one of two employees trusted with the keys.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Keyholders do?

This is one of those jobs where the title is also (literally) the description. As a Keyholder, you work for a store, be it a game shop, a boutique, or even a fast food restaurant. You’re given a set of keys, and you’re required to have it on you (or at least know where it is and be close to it) 24 hours a day.

The keys are the ones that unlock and lock the store doors. There are usually two Keyholders in a store (an opening and closing one), and you either open or close the store on a daily basis.

More than just being a walking key ring, this is a pretty important job. In addition to keys, you’re also given the store security code, and you set or turn off the alarm daily. If something goes wrong—a theft, for example—you’re the one called by police or security. You show up, help fill out the police report, and then reset the alarm after all the paperwork is done.

Unfortunately, alarms aren’t perfect, and you still have to go to the store if something malfunctions and sets the alarm off in the middle of the night. This increased responsibility comes with perks though, as Keyholders are usually paid more for their extra duties. Often, Keyholders are employees or Managers who have been with the company for a long time and are held in the highest esteem.

Should I be a Keyholder?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Keyholder

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