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Preparing Your Resume for a Retail Career


Preparing your resume for a retail careerIn preparing your resume for a retail career, you should review resume advice and draft your resume accordingly. By following tips to craft your job search resume, you can put together an application that will stand out.

Choose a resume format

If you haven’t previously worked in retail or if you’re trying to change roles, consider using a functional or combination resume. That way, you can put the emphasis on your transferable skills. If most of your career to date has been in retail, stick with a chronological resume. This will show your time in the retail industry and highlight your progression.

Determine points to highlight

Emphasize your accomplishments. Instead of including a laundry list of responsibilities, focus on the problems you solved and the results you delivered. For example, let’s say your store had a major problem with shoplifting. You might write something like this: “Reduced store losses by 13 percent by introducing nightly security audit, improving staff training and redesigning merchandise displays.” Wherever possible, use numbers – doing so shows that you’re resulted oriented.

Include keywords
Retailers often have a wide variety of skills. No matter whether you come from a retail background or not, you probably already have some of those skills. For ideas, spend some time reading job ads. Try to include some of the following terms:

  • Advertising
  • Buying
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Designing
  • Displaying
  • E-commerce
  • Hiring/firing
  • Information technology, including point of sales terminals and electronic data interchange
  • Leadership
  • Loss prevention
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Mentoring
  • Planning
  • Public relations
  • Safety management
  • Security
  • Team work
  • Training
  • Warehousing

Get an edge

Review job postings for the positions you’d like to have, so that you know what employers want. Use social networking sites to make connections with people who can provide leads and references. And consider building an online brand, so that you can influence employers who look you up on the web. By going beyond what usual job seekers do, you can capture an employer’s attention.

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