Anywhere that you live, there are opportunities to work in the retail world. Retail jobs involve customer service and selling things at stores. If you ask around, most people at some time or another in their working careers have work retail.
Retail jobs are so abundant that there is always work. Think about how many times you’ve walked into your favorite clothing store or bookstore and there’s been a sign in the front window saying, “Now Hiring.” That’s a retail job waiting for someone like you.
The cool thing about retail jobs is that you can work at a store that fits your interests. If you love camping you may want to work at an outdoor store or if you’re really into fashion, you may want to work at a clothing store. If you love gadgets you might end up at an electronics store. If you’re really into art, you may work in an art gallery. As you can tell, there are options for all interests. The best places to look for jobs are stores that you visit a lot.
Working at a retail store is good for you too. It helps build your work experience, fill blanks on your resume, and if you do a good job, you’ll get good job recommendations for jobs you apply for later in life. Plus retail jobs are open to people of all ages. You could work retail in the evenings as a high schooler, or between classes as a college student, or a morning shift just for the fun of it after you retire. It’s cool because you could work full time or part time; only during the busy holiday seasons or during the summer; in the evening or in the morning. It’s your decision.
If you’re wondering about pay, you should know that it’s not the best – you probably won’t make your first million selling t-shirts. But there’s a first for everything. Usually pay is around minimum wage to $12 an hour. It will depend a lot on the store and its location. At the same time, you may make commissions if you sell a lot. And in an industry with lots of turnover, there is tons of room for advancement.
As a retail employee, you’ll basically be doing customer service. This means a lot of smiling and cheerfully answering questions, even if you’re having a rough day. You may spend your day behind a cash register, folding shirts, dusting display cases, rearranging art pieces, or answering the same questions you answered ten times that day. But it’s all part of the fun of working in retail.
If you’re in need of a solid job that gets you a paycheck, retail is one of the best routes you can take.