It’s all very well for people to say “just get a job” but we know the reality can be a bit harder than that. Let’s get started with one of our top jobs in demand – Retail Sales Assistants.
HOW TO GET A JOB AS A RETAIL SALES ASSISTANT.
With the services sector in growth, there is currently medium demand for good Retail Sales Assistants.
THE PATH TO THIS JOB:
You can get a job as a Retail Sales Assistant in a few ways – either walking into a store and applying, responding to a job ad or online ad, or applying through a company’s career page on their website.
A Retail Sales Assistant is typically an entry level role or one you can move into from a previous retail job.
CAN I GET THIS JOB WITH NO EXPERIENCE IN RETAIL?
Yes, you can. It’s not absolutely necessary that you’ve had previous experience, although some employers do look for either retail experience or other job experience. If you don’t have experience in a job, you might want to look at doing some volunteer work to put on your resume as it will be looked upon favourably. Find out more about how volunteering can help here.
Most retail businesses offer employee discounts for staff. There’s also the benefit of flexible hours so a jobs as a Retail Sales Assistant can be ideal if you’re looking to work around study or family commitments.
WHAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR:
When applying for a job as a Retail Sales Assistant, employers are looking for 4 key things:
It’s really important, then, that you include all of these details in your resume/CV.
We recommend that, for any previous role or volunteer work you’ve done, you outline demonstrated capability, that is, what you’ve actually done, and achievements in as many of these areas as possible. For example, rather than saying you have experience, outline what you did on a typical day that shows that experience.
SKILLS YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR CV
Being able to demonstrate the following skills/abilities will really help you increase your chances of progressing your retail career:
And, if they apply:
You typically don’t need any qualifications for the job as a Retail Sales Assistant.
If you’re looking at retail as a longer term career, then they can certainly be beneficial. Qualifications in Customer Service, Retail Supervision or Management, or ones that relate to visual merchandising, buying or HR can be obtained through TAFE or private Colleges. They range from Certificates to Advanced Diplomas.
WHAT’S THE CAREER PATH FOR AN RETAIL SALES ASSISTANT?
Typically a Retail Sales Assistant will move to an Assistant Store Manager role and then to a Store Manager. Depending on your dedication and the available opportunities you can start moving up the ranks after a couple of years – sometimes less.
From there you can move into Head Office-led roles as an Area Manager, Regional Manager, Retail Co-ordinator or more general management rates such as those in HR, marketing and operations. Alternatively, if you like the creative side, you could move into Visual Merchandising or Buyer’s roles.
You should review your existing CV to make sure it speaks directly to the person who is hiring. Have a look here for how to nail your resume as the first step to getting HIRED!