Job Title: Sales Associate
Type of Company: A national home furnishings chain that works with a higher end client who is looking to design their home.
Education: Business Management, Human Resources, Plymouth State University.
Previous Experience: I am a stay at home mom that wants to get back into business management, so I started by working again 25 hours/week.
Job Tasks: At the retail housewares store where I work, I start by looking at the store goals for the day. Sales, product, contest totals, etc. I see what the store has already brought in and what is to be expected for the rest of the day. I walk around the store to make sure it is in order and to see if anyone needs any designing or product help. The job may sound easy, but with the amount of product that the store offers, you really need to know what you are selling. I also do all of the design classes that we offer. This is getting me back into research and preparing a formal class for around 10 to 15 people per class.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best part is the product and to be happy with the company that I am working for. If you are not a believer in the product or the service that your company provides, the job will not last that long.
Worst part of the job is that I can't put as much input as I would like to. I have been with the company a little over a year and I have ideas that I do share, but you need to talk to the right people for anything really to happen. Also, some of the harder customers to deal with make you question what you are really doing. Not that retail betters the world, but if it is something that you enjoy then that is what matters.
Job Tips: Advice may not be necessary in this line of work, but my opinion is to find a company that you are interested in, that relates to you and that you can utilize. Retail is something that you have to be particular about. If it is a store that you cannot relate to, then for the most part you are not going to be interested for that long. So, find that company and go for whatever position that you went to school for. Management, buying, associate, president, etc.
Additional Thoughts: Being a stay at home mom for the past six years can put a hole in your resume. I am building up my resume again with the experiences I have had with this company. I am teaching the design classes, doing the inventory, and just getting as much experience as I can so that when I do go back to work full time I can have those experiences on my resume to show.
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