So you want to know how to get a job in retail? There’s 10 things you need to know.

10 tips for how to get a job in retail:

  1. Scope out the store and the staff beforehand. Just go for a cruise around the store, chat to an employee, check out how the staff act and how they talk to customers. Match that when you go in for your interview
  2. Present yourself nicely (dress nicely) and smile. The first impressions really do count!
  3. Look at yourself from your employers shoes. What are they looking for? What attitude do they want?
  4. Talk positively about your previous employers – remember, they want to be reassured that you will talk positively about them after you leave in the (hopefully) distant future.
  5. Be interested in retail. Read blog posts or listen to podcasts about retail, find out ways to get better at your job. If you do well in retail, you can apply the same principles anywhere! (Want to do well as an investment banker? Same story – constant learning)
  6. Don’t worry too much about the interview, everyone is good at interviewing now so it’s become a difficult way for employers to choose good staff. They’re looking for a ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to learn. And a smile!
  7. Make yourself stand out. Have 3 questions for the interviewer about the business – not about pay and conditions – prepared before you go in. Be genuinely interested in the business and show that you want to know more.
  8. Smile. YOU. MUST. SMILE.
  9. As soon as you come out of that interview, email a thank you note with another question or two about the business. Questions about the customers work really well here – remember you’ll be talking to the customers all day every day, so take the opportunity to ask the interviewer about them eg who are they, what do they like. Tell the interviewer what you thought, tell them you’re excited, tell them you can’t wait to work with them. Everyone likes to feel that people like them. Force yourself if you have to! At this point it’s ok to ask about pay rates or conditions too.
  10. When you get the opportunity to go in for that first shift, over dress. Dress to impress. If they want you to wear a black shirt, black slacks and black shoes, make sure it’s a button up long sleeved shirt and black business slacks. If it’s a white shirt, again button up. If they want jeans and sneakers, wear jeans and black dress shoes. Go one step above everyone else!

Anything I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.