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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.

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