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Many people, particularly in the throes of lingering global financial issues, have taken retail jobs to supplement their income. While it may see as though these are toss-away jobs that don’t mean much in the grand scheme of your resume, there really is great value to these jobs.
While a job in retail (as a sales associate… not as an executive, manager, etc) is probably a stepping stone to bigger things, it’s worth it to take a look at what these positions offer. Retail employees should be using these jobs as a way to transition their unique skills into new careers and a source of valuable experience. There is a lot more skill than often meets the eye in retail, which ought to be highlighted when applying and interviewing for new jobs.
Here are some of the skills that you can takeaway from a retail job and showcase on your resume.
Not Just For The Holidays: National Retail Federation Clip Tells The Story Of A Career Retail Worker
Most people, when they think of working in retail, imagine a part-time job for college students looking to make some money for books, or temporary work around the holidays; something to do for a few weeks to make some extra money and get a discount on gifts.
But there are some people who make a career out of working in retail. That’s the focus of the National Retail Federation’s latest campaign “This is Retail.” On the campaign website, the group (the largest retail trade group in the world) wants to show the depth and breadth of professional opportunity across the retail industry. There are 42 million workers in retail, the NRF says, and not all of those people are “behind a cash register.”
So here we have the story of Claudine McKenzie, who says she started at Walmart when she was three months pregnant with her first child. After 17 years of winding her way through a number of stores and up the chain of command, she’s a store manager working towards a Master’s degree. Besides offering a glimpse at what’s possible in retail, the clip also acts as a bit of a love letter to Walmart — she refers a couple of times to the “support” she got from the retailer during both her pregnancies — who usually figures much more negatively when the talk turns to how they treat their employees.
Have you ever considered a career in retail? Does this clip make you think of retail differently?
After a layoff left her two years removed from the corporate world and unable to find a new job, Brittanie Yvonne took matters into her own hands. “I didn’t just want a job. I wanted something that was going to further my experience and help me gain the knowledge to eventually have my own business,” Yvonne tells MN Business.
All of this, she thought, was a sign that if she couldn’t find a job that would make her happy, she shouldn’t be working for someone else. “It was time for me to start my own business. So I did,” Yvonne said.
Capitalizing on a strong sense of style, she started EHVonnae, a New York-based brick-and-mortar boutique with a dual online component. Yvonne opened up her first location in trendy DUMBO, Brooklyn. And she did it without having a large amount of financial backing.
Her parents’ first reaction to the news that she wasn’t going to be working for anyone else any longer was, “Well what are you going to do? You have to do something.” To prove just how serious she was, she started with lots of research, reading about how to start a business from the ground up. She then wrote a carefully articulated business plan describing how she was going to make being her own boss work. “From then on my parents understood, and started to support the start of my business,” Yvonne said.
She used her unemployment money, help from family, and counsel from a business advisor to get all of her paperwork together. With the groundwork laid, she took the next big step of finding the perfect home for this business venture. “Having a budget was essential,” Yvonne said. She found a location within her budget and went for it. “It was the scariest thing to do, but no risk, no reward. It was the best decision I could have made,” Yvonne said.
She reached out to a friend who worked in real estate for help. “I was surprised to find out that there are some very affordable rental spaces in New York City due to the state of the economy and the unfortunate closings of businesses,” she said. “Some are even month-to-month situations. It all comes down to research and negotiation. Anything is possible.” Not only did Yvonne open shop in one of the most desirable addresses in Brooklyn. Her first shop opened in 2010.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, many college students are in search of seasonal employment to hold them over financially during their winter break. Much better than lying around catching up on Netflix! Here are a few suggestions to make a few extra dollars while school’s out of session. Be sure to pass this along to the story to those college goers in your life looking for ideas!
Things have gone from sticky to super sticky now that the New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman is involved with the discrimination cases against Barneys and Macy’s stores.
On Monday, Schneiderman’s office sent requests to both retailers requesting a long list of documents concerning policies for stopping, detaining and questioning customers based on race. They must comply by Friday. In a matter of one week there have been four reports of unfair racial profiling of customers who would otherwise have been enjoying a shopping experience.
“The alleged repeated behavior of your employees raises troubling questions about your company’s commitment to that ideal,” Kristen Clarke, who heads the AG’s civil rights bureau, wrote to Barneys CEO Mark Lee and Macy’s Chief Stores Officer Peter Sachse. In the past Macy’s has been accused of racial profiling, settling a case in 2005 for $600,000.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
Conservative holiday spending and a desire to keep costs down at retail shops around the country are expected to keep hiring numbers down this coming holiday season. Global employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas says seasonal hiring at retailers across the country will be around 700,000, falling short of the all-time high reached in 2012 of 751,800. That number was up 14 percent from the year before.
In a sad bit of cyclical logic, analysts say that unemployment and underemployment are making people nervous about spending a ton of money on holiday gifts. As a result, there will be fewer jobs for people who are unemployed or underemployed. Sigh.
Seasonal holiday hiring usually goes from October 1 to December 31. The shopping season kicks into high gear on Black Friday, the big post-Thanksgiving shopping day. This year, there are only 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas, down from 31 last year. Sales this holiday season are expected to be up 2.4 percent over last year, but that’s less than the past couple of years.
Among the retailers that will be staffing up in greater numbers this year are Walmart, Toys R Us and Kohl’s. Walmart says it’ll bring in 55,000 workers this year, 5,000 more than last year. And Toys R Us says it’ll maintain last year’s figure — 45,000. They’ll start hiring this week with positions lasting through December. And the AP says 15 percent of 2012′s seasonal jobs turned into full-time positions. Kohl’s is looking for about 53,000 workers, a small increase from last year. The Kansas City Star also says FedEx and UPS hired 20,000 and 55,000 workers last year, respectively.
Target, on the other hand, will be seeking 20 percent fewer workers this year, or 70,000 workers.
Now’s the time to get those applications in. So if you’re looking for work, get cracking.
After weeks (one could say years) of bad press and controversy over comments made by company execs and an overall exclusionary attitude, it looks like Abercrombie & Fitch is getting its comeuppance. The company announced that sales had dropped 17 percent for the first quarter of this year. According to The Huffington Post, the numbers were falling before the controversies erupted, but sales certainly won’t be helped by the scandals. The CEO of the company, Mike Jeffries, says a lack of inventory was the problem.
“It took a little bit longer than anticipated to flow in some of our spring deliveries,” Reuters quotes Jeffries, who spoke during a conference call on Friday. The company has cut sales forecasts for he year as well.
Just last week, Abercrombie issued an apology after teens protested outside the company’s Ohio headquarters. They asked the company to start selling larger sizes (above a 10 and a Large), to cut down on its racy ads, and to focus on anti-bullying and diversity efforts. The company’s statement, after meeting with the students, read, “We look forward to continuing this dialogue and taking concrete steps to demonstrate our commitment to anti-bullying in addition to our ongoing support of diversity and inclusion. We want to reiterate that we sincerely regret and apologize for any offense caused by comments we have made in the past which are contrary to these values.”
The question is, will it help?