Retail Job - Retail Recruitment

Retail continues to be an industry with enormous growth potential. Retailers are always looking for strong individuals for their retail jobs with a commitment to customer service, commerciality, drive, ability to work in a team environment and someone who will go above and beyond customers and the retailer’s expectations…

The retail sector is global and retail jobs are available around the world as well as both regionally and nationally in the UK. Working in a retail job offers many exciting opportunities for dedicated individuals. Whatever the economic conditions, many organisations see retail job recruitment as a long-term investment and are always looking five years ahead in their succession plans.

Retail the facts…

  • The retail industry employs nearly 2.8 million people (data collected March 09).
  • This equates to 11% of the total UK workforce (UK Retail Futures 2011: Sector Summary, Datamonitor).
  • Almost 8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the UK is generated by the retail sector.
  • In 2008 UK retail sales were over £287 billion which is larger than the combined economies of Denmark and Portugal (UK Retail Futures 2011: Sector Summary, Datamonitor).
  • More than a third of consumer spending goes through retail shops.
  • Retail sales account for 1/5 of the UK economy.
  • Sales over the internet account for less than 4% of total retail sales, despite strong growth in recent years.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that, of all occupations, retail sales will have the greatest number of job openings through the year 2016. It is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.

The organisational structure of a retail store will vary by the size and type of the business. Most tasks involved with operating a retail business will be very similar whether the store is small, independent or a large national business. However small or independent retail stores may combine many roles together under one roof, while larger stores create various divisions for each particular function along with many layers of management.

What kind of retail jobs are available?

  • Store Operations job – managing a store or business unit.
  • Buying job - finding new products and developing ranges.
  • Design job - creating new products.
  • Finance job - analysis, reporting and strategy.
  • HR job - hiring and training staff, providing support to managers.
  • IT job - business systems.
  • Logistics job - product distribution.
  • Merchandising job - market analysis and working with budgets.
  • PR and Marketing job - promotion, communication and media.
  • Retail Banking job - customer facing banking.
  • Visual Merchandising job - designing and producing product display.

What’s it like working in retail?

  • The retail culture is commerciallydriven and as such there is pressure to perform in your retail job.
  • Working in a retail job is hard work and the dynamic nature of the business requires a flexible attitude and a strong character.
  • Working in retail is challenging, rewarding and satisfying – a very varied and creative career.
  • Retail job opportunities are unlimited for employees with the right attitude and those that promote the right culture.
  • Working in a retail job is very likely to involve working weekends and late nights ensuring flexibility to meet retail customer’s demands.

Retail Job Structure:

Relow is a brief outline of some of the divisions in a retail business;

Owner/CEO or Managing Director
Store Operations: Management, Cashier, Sales, Loss Prevention
Marketing: Visual Displays, Public Relations, Promotions
Merchandising: Planning, Buying, Inventory Control
Human Relations: Personnel, Training
Finance: Accounting, Credit
Technology: Information Technology

As a retail store or company grows and the retail business evolves, the dynamics of retailers structure will change too. Therefore it is paramount to redesign a store's structure to support the decision-making, collaboration and leadership capabilities that are essential during and after a growth period.

Educational Requirements for Retail Jobs:

Although there aren't any formal educational requirements for starting in a retail job many employers prefer GCSE’s or A’ Levels as a minimum. Often to build your career in a retail job many retailers require outgoing personalities and employees to have a positive attitude with a desire to exceed expectations. When retail employees wish to change their retail job to a new employer; retailers will look for proven retail experience and results. 

Flat Fee Recruitment

There are two types of Flat Fee Recruitment: the first are those companies that want to charge you an upfront cost to advertise your job vacancy across the internet.  Anyone can do this!

We on the other hand are the Flat Fee Recruitment Specialists with over 10 years flat fee recruitment experience. We take away the head ache of recruitment through our NO RISK Flat Fee Recruitment service.

Using our finely tuned online recruitment model we give you access to the best talent, shortlist the best candidates, allow you to interview and hire as many people as you want all for one flat fee.

Be Clever…

Below our CV Consultants with CV KNOWHOW’s CV Writing Service have advised what information they include within a Professional CV and why. This is aimed at ensuring that you have all the information you need before securing our services.

Professional Profile

This section replaces the old Skills Section, which is no longer required by prospective employers. Some of the information within your prepared CV will be included in here in addition to other skills you may have, such as team working, communication and organisation, to name a few. This immediately gives the recipient an idea as to what kind of person you are and what attributes you possess.

Objective

This section is intended to give a prospective employer some idea of what kind of role you are looking for e.g. Managerial Role, Team Leader, Shop Assistant etc. If you send your CV out on spec, then this is extremely helpful and if you are sending your CV in response to a specific job advertisement, then this section can be tailored to match the job you are applying for.

Career Summary

This section speaks for itself. Your career will be listed, the most recent role first, and should ideally cover the last 10 years. Any roles before this time will still be included on the CV under additional roles, but we will only require duties and responsibilities for positions held in the last 10 years. If you are a school/university leaver, this title may change to work experience and we also include a separate section to include any unpaid roles, entitled Voluntary Work. It is extremely important to include all working experiences and if you have any gaps within your employment, to go travelling or to raise a family, this must also be mentioned. It order to disguise any gaps from any unemployment as much as we can, we will only include the years, not the months, of when you carried out your roles.

Below our CV Consultants with CV KNOWHOW’s CV Writing Service have advised what information they include within a Professional CV and why.  This is aimed at ensuring that you have all the information you need before securing our services.

Name (full name is required here – no need to include title)

address:  (full address, including postcode)

email:  (please provide your email address, if you have one)

telephone (home & mobile): (You can include both telephone numbers of just the one you use the most)

 

Professional Profile

This section replaces the old Skills Section, which is no longer required by prospective employers.  Some of the information within your prepared CV will be included in here in addition to other skills you may have, such as team working, communication and organisation, to name a few.  This immediately gives the recipient an idea as to what kind of person you are and what attributes you possess.

Objective

This section is intended to give a prospective employer some idea of what kind of role you are looking for e.g. Managerial Role, Team Leader, Shop Assistant etc.  If you send your CV out on spec, then this is extremely helpful and if you are sending your CV in response to a specific job advertisement, then this section can be tailored to match the job you are applying for.

Career Summary

This section speaks for itself.  Your career will be listed, the most recent role first, and should ideally cover the last 10 years.  Any roles before this time will still be included on the CV under additional roles, but we will only require duties and responsibilities for positions held in the last 10 years.  If you are a school/university leaver, this title may change to work experience and we also include a separate section to include any unpaid roles, entitled Voluntary Work. It is extremely important to include all working experiences and if you have any gaps within your employment, to go travelling or to raise a family, this must also be mentioned.  It order to disguise any gaps from any unemployment as much as we can, we will only include the years, not the months, of when you carried out your roles.

Education

This is where you can showcase your academic background.  It is best to include all qualifications gained going back to Secondary School education, but if you have a degree, then it is possible that these won’t be included.  Marks and grades are not included within this section, unless it adds something beneficial to your CV.  So if you have a 1st Class honours degree or 11 A*s at GCSE, then we will include these.  Any qualifications gained whilst working will be listed under a separate section entitled Professional Development and any training courses attended will be listed under Professional Training.  It is advisable to include all of this information to give a wide overview of all your knowledge and experiences.

IT Skills

Most prospective employers need to know what kind of computer experience you have, so in this section we include a list of any applications that you may use in your current role, or indeed have used in the past, such as Word, Excel, Matlab, Publisher etc.  We include anything that you have utilised and we don’t need to indicate at what level, e.g. basic or intermediate, unless it benefits your CV and relates to the job you are applying for.  If you are applying for a technical role and have expert skills in this particular area, then this section will be moved to a more prominent position within the CV and will usually be entitled Areas of Expertise.

Other Details

Under this section we advise whether you have a full, clean, driving licence, whether you speak any languages and to what level, e.g. Fluent English & Spanish (mother tongue) & Basic French and if you are qualified in first aid etc.

We also like to include what interests and hobbies you have.  Although this isn’t a compulsory section, some prospective employers like to see this section as it means an interview can be ended on a lighthearted note with some personal, rather than professional, information to talk about.

We will basically look through all the information you provide us with and will draft a Professional CV utilising the same.  There are further points to be aware of:-

  •  A Professional CV should not exceed the maximum preferred two pages and often it will only run to one page; exceptions to this rule include medical professionals, solicitors and technical CVs.
  • Your CV will be written in the third person and in the present tense, which is preferred by prospective employers.
  • Only the most important information from your existing CV or details provided will be included within your Professional CV.
  • We will utilise either Arial or Times New Roman Fonts, unless you provide us with your preferred font when placing your order.