Posted December 24, 2019

Ring in the New Year with a Retail Job

By Grace Tino

Have you been trying to get your career off the ground? Finding a job is one of the most productive New Year's resolutions you can have. Consider ringing in the New Year (and decade!) with a rewarding position in retail. The second week in January is one of the best times of the year to job hunt, as stores and companies will be picking up with their normal hiring routines after the holidays have ended. Retail is a fantastic industry to ignite your search because it is always flooding with new opportunities for all experience levels. How do you get the perfect retail position for you?

  1. Work on your resume. Your resume is a company's first impression of you. Highlight your different skillsets using soft skills such as customer service, time management, and organization, especially if you have no retail experience. Many retailers want to see that you can thrive in interpersonal or high stress situations! If you have any sales experience, make sure you highlight this, and use numbers and results to demonstrate your success. Be sure to proofread your resume!
  2. Consider what you are looking for. Retail offers a lot of flexibility with hours and scheduling. Do you want to work full-time or part-time? Are you open to evenings or weekends, or do you prefer a daytime shift? Also, consider what part of retail you are most interested in. Sales and customer service will have a lot of time spent interacting with customers on a store floor. Other jobs, such as merchandising and stocking, have more to do with inventory. Keep your experience level in mind- if you hold a few years of experience, look for assistant manager or manager positions. Thinking about all these options will help you be more targeted once you start your search through job postings!
  3. Start your job search. Scan job postings on a reliable job board, reach out to friends, and even take a walk around local malls to find any help wanted signs. is the leading job board in the industry, and the perfect place to get started when you are looking to break into retail.
  4. Prep for your upcoming interviews. Don't walk in without doing some research! Research the company, as well as the individual store itself. Stores often have their own culture within the larger company. Carefully read over the job details and think of ways to talk about how you meet those requirements. Always practice answering common interview questions with a friend or family member- you'll feel at ease during the real thing.
  5. Nail the interview. Don't be afraid to dress nicely, even if it is a casual place. During the interview, you have a chance to demonstrate your friendly personality- focus on having a positive and enthusiastic attitude, rather than telling your interviewer that you have those traits. Speak about your past experiences and work duties and tie them in to the job at hand. Elaborate on your resume with stories and examples of the hard work ethic you said you have!

There is no better way to start a new year off right than with an exciting new job, and retail has innumerable opportunities for those that work hard for it. Don't hesitate and get started now, so you can check one New Year's resolution off your list!