dcsimg

Career Story: District Manager For A Chain Of Video Stores

District Manager For A Chain Of Video Stores

Job Title: Retail District Manager

Type of Company: A video store and movie rental outlet.

Education: BA, Political Science, Gettysburg College

Previous Experience: I began as a part-time employee in a video store and worked my way up to the rank of district manager.

Job Tasks: My primary responsibility as a district manager is to manage the operation of 10-15 video stores. The managers of those outlets report to me directly and I work with them to meet business and cost-control targets set by corporate headquarters.

A typical day begins with a check of recent sales and expenses figures. These enable me to identify topics that require my attention. During my commute to the first of three or four stores every day, I contact managers and discuss anything noteworthy that I've seen in the stats. I also talk with our regional office and get the latest information from headquarters.

Store visits follow a pattern. To begin with, the manager and I review our notes and discussions from a previous visit, then go over the store's sales and operating reports to help identify sore spots. We discuss ways to fix these and to maximize our chances of success. We often walk the store, too, to check things like signage and the availability of certain popular titles. This allows me to see the store from a customer's point of view. Sometimes when we need to, we discuss the store's staffing and its personnel issues. And at the end of the visit, we come up with a revised plan of action and set a date for a follow-up meeting.

Throughout my visit, I talk to clerks to get their input and keep my eye on their dealings with customers.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping employees to find solutions to problems. When employees see their input being heeded, they take more pride in what they do.

The worst part is having to terminate a long-term employee for poor performance.

Job Tips:
1.) Always try to handle people professionally and work with them to help them solve their problems.

2.) Learn how to speak in front of others in college or high school. There were many candidates for promotion who had skills to match mine but who couldn't speak in public.

3.) Learn how to read financial reports and be able to interpret data as quickly as possible. To succeed as a district manager, you need to have a grounding in customer service, excellent people management skills and a knowledge of computers and finance.

Popular Schools offering Management Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Congratulations! Your interest in Independence University is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

  • Programs: Business Administration (BS), Business Administration - New Media Marketing (BS)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management, Bachelor of Arts in Business - Business Management, Master of Management, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Master

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Management (MSM), Business Administration - Organizational Management (BS) (Online), Business Administration (AS) (Online), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: Transformational Leadership (EDD)
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Project Management - BBA, Project Management - PhD in Bus. Admin., Project Management - D.B.A., more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Doctorate
California College San Diego
National City, San Diego, San Marcos

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Programs: Business Administration (BS)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: MBA Nursing Administration and Leadership (MBA) - Online
  • Degrees: Master
Utica College
Online

What They’re Known For

Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.

  • Programs: MBA - General
  • Degrees: Master
Platt College
Alhambra, Anaheim, Ontario, Riverside

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Business Management
  • Degrees: Associate
National Career College
Panorama City

Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Managers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Managers, including:

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104