How to Get a Job in Retail

Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

If you’re looking to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment then retail is the industry you need to be in. With flexible hours, you can choose to work full time or part time and choose between mornings, during the day or even at night. Working in retail also isn’t limited to just serving on the shop floor, there are a variety of retail jobs to choose from such as forecasting trends as a Merchandiser, designing product displays as a Visual Merchandiser, searching for new products and predicting demand as a Buyer and many, many more.

This industry is all about being responsive in predicting consumer demand and forecasting future trends so if these sounds appealing to you, here are few tips to increase your chances of getting a job in retail:

Track Down Vacancies

If you’re struggling to find companies with retail job vacancies, it isn’t because they aren’t out there. It’s simply because companies tend to advertise vacancies on their own website. So you will have to search and visit each individual company’s website and click on their careers section. This also creates the impression that you are particularly interested in working for their company which is a plus point. Also do not be afraid to go to every store you wish to apply for yourself and hand in your CV.

Appearance is Key

In retail the majority of the time is spent interacting with customers especially when working in customer service, so your appearance is very important. Do your research and take note of what staff are wearing in store. Take note of whether the dress code is very smart and professional or casual and trendy. Especially if the company is a clothing store make sure you wear in-season clothing from their store. When handing in your CV or going for an interview first impressions is vital so present yourself well and be confident.

Sell Yourself

The first thing you need to is highlight your key skills and achievements in your CV and in interviews. Especially if you’ve worked in sales or marketing, give examples of what you have produced and achieved. It is important to always focus on what you can do for the company not what they can do for you. People tend to write ‘I’d like to work for your company to further develop my skills in…’ this isn’t going to help you stand out. What you need to concentrate on is what value you can bring to the company and how you can help them improve their business performance. Use a CV template to guide you and get ideas.

Don’t Give Up

Finally, don’t give up on your search. With the current economic climate it’s going to be tough but not impossible. The more companies you apply to the greater your chances are of getting an interview. Keep focused, motivated and remain positive.

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Good luck in your search.


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