4 easy steps on how you can get a job in retail

Today’s topic for the True’s Career Tips is how to get a job in retail.  If you want to get your foot into the fashion industry, a good way to start is to have a background and experience in retail. You might not have retail experience yet and looking for advice on how you can actually get into retail without any background in this field. Well stay put because I’m going to share 4 tips on how you can get a job in retail!
1. Go creative with your CV
The fashion industry is an environment where creativity is highly demanded. This applies for jobs in retail as well. Retail stores receive a high amount of CV’s everyday and like any other job, it is important to stand out from the bunch. I have about 7 years experience in retail and I know what the employers love and hate when they see someone’s CV. First of all, don’t be boring! Please please please create a CV that shows your capability of thinking out of the box. I wrote an article a few weeks ago about how to make your CV stand out. I’m sharing very useful and easy tips how you can create that CV what those retail employers are looking for.
Another thing they love to see is skills that are relevant in the fashion industry. That can be something like blogging, vlogging, photography, make-up artist as a hobby, you name it! They want to know your personality!
One thing you want to avoid is a list of retail shops you’ve ever worked for in a short period of time. It only give them an idea that you are not reliable and that you’re going to stay with them for a short notice. Only put those work experiences on your CV that you’ve had for a longer period. Ideally 6 months or more.
2. Visit the shops
Being pro-active is the key. You can spend hours and hours sending off electronic CV’s but at times it’s good to go out and enter those shops you want to work for. I know it can be quite intimidating at times but there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Do you know why I recommend dropping your CV in the shops? Because it allows you to imagine yourself working there so that you can think for about whether the shop environment is somewhere you see yourself working for the next couple months or years. If you enter a shop and the staff makes you feel uncomfortable, then it is definitely not a shop where you want to work.
Going to the shops is really good because it allows you to explore. At times when you drop your CV directly in shops you might get a reply faster than applying online. When you apply online it goes to the HR department first before it gets sent to the right shops that you were applying for. It can take a while. However be aware that some shops will still direct you to their career section online.

4 easy steps on how you can get a job in retail

3. Look the part & have positive attitude
So tip number 2 is to visit the shops BUT before you do that, there are two things to keep in mind. Look the part and have a positive attitude. When you to visit the shops to leave your CV, the employers don’t see you as a customer but as a potential candidate that will join their team. Therefore, you have to look the part. If you’re applying for a highstreet brand, try to find pieces in your closet that create a stunning casual outfit. You don’t have to overdress or anything but just imagine yourself going to a ”pre-interview” I would call it. As soon as you walk into shops to drop your CV, they do pay attention to how you carry yourself. That is how humans work. Don’t see it as a place you’re going to be judged. No. See it on the positive side. You can finally where that top that still has a price tag on it that you couldn’t find the best moment to wear!☺
Having a positive attitude is so important when you’re entering the shops. Have a smile on your face, be enthusiastic, be confident, be memorable and most important… be yourself. Remember, even that small talk with one of the employees can make a huge difference. If you manage to be memorable and have a positive attitude, they will be eager to call you to come in for an interview! 
4 easy steps on how you can get a job in retail
4. The last quarter of the year, the most wonderful time of the year!
Retail is an environment where everything is fast paced and shops are continuously looking for staff however I find September to be a great time to look for jobs in retail. Why? Because the last quarter of the year is the most busiest time for retailers. Shops are already preparing themselves for upcoming promotions like Black Friday and not to forget the most busiest season… Christmas and Boxing Day. Around September and October you will find a lot of vacancies of retailers looking for Christmas temps. They hire temporary staff already during those months so that the temps get enough training and product knowledge before the busy period starts. This is a great opportunity as well to get into retail. It gives you 3 to 4 months experience and you can learn a lot during this period as you will be required to pick up things quickly than usual. Sounds scary but it’s not! Hectic? Uhm yes☺. Starting as a temp can help you to eventually get a permanent contract with that particular retailer if they feel you did an excellent job during this busy period of the year!

That’s it for today guys. I hope it was useful. If you liked the article, please SHARE it by clicking the Facebook logo below. Thank you! 


  1. 1st September 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Hi there just wanted to give you a brief heads up
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    • Trudy Danso
      1st September 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Hi there! of which post exactly?

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