Interesting questions and answers from Yahoo. Comments welcome.
I want to get a job for a supermarket or for a Petsmart store, but I have no experience in working in retail/sale. I’ve applied for a job for stores before, and I guess they didn’t want to hire me because I have no experience. These stores were hiring at the time. How can I get a job in retail/sale, if no one will hire me?
make sure when you fill out the application you are very careful to make sure you spell everything correctly and fill it out completely. Also, make sure you fill it out a neatly as possible.
I have managed several retail stores, if the applicant could not follow directions on the application I would not even check references or call the person back for an interview.
Also, make sure you are properly attired when you pick up and return the application. If you do not hear back from the company in one week, call and ask to speak either to personnel or to the store manager. Tell them very politely who you are and why you are calling. The nicer you are and the moreyou look like others that allready work there the better.
If you do get an interview, make sure you show up a few minutes early. Know some stuff about the company and know why you want to work there. Not because you need the money or “you think it would be neat”. give a real reason, such as working at Starbucks because they do things to help the community, such as giving away used grounds and giving day old pastries to the homeless shelters. Investigate the company you are interviewing for and have some interesting information for the interview.
Make sure you stand out for positive reasons, not negative.
If you are applying for Petsmart, for example, you can talk about your experience with animals. Pets, shelter work, ect..