Tired of running greasy food through a crowded kitchen as a waitress or attempting to avoid paper cuts as an administrative assistant? Open up Craigslist and look for a job in retail. With these five helpful tips, you learn how to thrive in one of the most undervalued job sectors and find out how to love (well, maybe just like) what you do.
1. Know how to maximize commission
Although this is not a perk at all retail locations, most clothing stores do offer commission on sales. To maximize your earnings, try to locate the customers who seem most likely to buy what you are selling. Do you spy a mother/daughter team on a shopping spree for the new school year? Get over there and help. See a lone shopper lurking through the sales rack? They will probably be less likely to earn you some dough.
2. Don’t take it personally
Cranky customers are what scare most people away from retail, but they shouldn’t be a concern if you learn how to not let them bother you. When their concerns seem overly picky and they disrespect you, just keep in mind that it is not you that they are mad at. Even though this concept is easier said than done, if you can manage to not let customers bother you pretty much anything is possible.
3. Be a team
One of the greatest things about retail is the non-competitive environment. Everyone has the same goal: to sell product! Working together in a team will lead to some of the most lasting friendships one can have in a job. Learn to love your team, and you will end up loving your job.
4. Work in a place you love!
The great thing about retail is that there is such an array of places you can work. From a yoga-clothing outlet that specializes in hemp pants to an outdoorsy camping supply store, the possibilities are endless! Another perk of working in a place you shop is the great discounts!
5. Climb the rankings
One of the most common misconceptions about jobs in retail is that they are all entry-level jobs. You can definitely work your way up your store’s totem pole through dedication, hard work, and creative skills. Managing a store comes with more responsibility and better perks, so don’t forget that goal is possible!