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FAQs About Working in Retail

Is retail the right industry for you? Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time, returning to employment after years of caring for your children, or just want to switch career paths, take a look at what you need to know about finding a job in the retail field.

Why Choose a Career in Retail?

If you’re not sure which career is right for you, learning about the retail industry can help you to make an informed decision. Careers in retail come with plenty of benefits. These include:

  • A flexible schedule. Does a Monday through Friday nine-to-five day sound ideal? Some retail jobs offer these hours. But if you would prefer to only work evenings, weekends, or partial days, retail jobs often have flexible schedule options.
  • A variety of job positions. Don’t worry if sales isn’t your strong point. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), forty-four percent of retail employees don’t work in sales positions. Other retail jobs include technology, marketing, finance, and management.
  • A social setting. Do you enjoy being around other people? Jobs in retail provide you with the chance to work as part of a team or directly with customers. 

Along with these benefits, it’s also possible to work in some retail positions without spending years in school. While specialized retail careers (such as marketing or technology) will require a college degree or beyond, you won’t need this type of formal education to work in an entry-level sales position. This means you can start working in retail right away.

How Can You Find a Job in Retail?

There are a few different ways that job seekers can find work in a retail setting. The method you choose depends on your experience, the type of position you want, and your personal preferences or comfort level.

While you can go from store to store, asking for applications, it’s often easier to work with a temp or staffing agency. The reasons to work with this type of company include:

  • Access to employers. Staffing agencies have relationships with employers. This makes it possible for the agency to have a longer list of possible positions than you may not find on your own.
  • Time-saving strategies. Don’t waste time searching the internet or filling out dozens of applications. The job postings the staffing agency already has can save you a significant amount of job search time.
  • Your own credibility. An employer may prefer candidates who come through a staffing agency. Some retail employers view these candidates as more credible than other job seekers—especially if the agency vets their future retail employees.

A staffing agency can also give you a place to start building your resume. If you’re new to the world of work or haven’t held a job in years (or longer), an agency can kick-start your career or help you get back on track.

What Do You Need To Get a Job in Retail?

Again, you won’t need a college degree to work in this field. But this doesn’t mean an employer won’t want to see your resume or talk to references. Before you begin your job search, put together a resume that highlights your retail skills (if you have past experience) or other related talents.

Your resume should include any applicable education and work experience. If you haven’t worked directly for a retail store, think about experiences (both paid and unpaid) that include skills or duties retail employees should have. These could include customer service, sales, or even organization skills.

Additionally, you should choose a few references that can speak to your professionalism and ability to work in the retail industry. With their consent, add these references to your resume or ask the agency if they have a separate way to list these contacts.

Are you ready to start working in the retail field? We can help you find the right job. Contact us at Tulsa’s Green County Staffing for more information. 

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