Job search value adding

You've found a job as a sales assistant in a chain store bargain shop. You have retail experience. So do millions of other people. How do you make yourself an actual chance of getting the job?

Simpler than it looks, in this case.

This is retail, but these shops are in a class of their own. They have very wide ranges of stock, and the real issue is inventory turnover. They make money through volume, not unit sales.

If they're doing good business, they're the busiest places on Earth, and whoever gets the job will need to understand what that means.

The person who gets the job will be someone who can:

  • Literally start working from the first second,
  • Doesn't need to be told what to do,
  • Has some obviously useful prior experience.

So how do you add value to a job like that?

Answer, you show some real practical uses for yourself.

In this sort of work, other retail experience may actually be an obstacle to getting the job. These places are all about sales, not salesmanship. They'll think anyone with upmarket experience is useless, which is pretty true, in their business, and they will want so see someone who really knows what the word Busy means.

They've advertised for a shop assistant, but what they'd like, if they can get it, is someone who can do stocktaking, bank reconciliations, balances, and has a good reference for handling cash.

Show them you can do all that, and handle a lot of register work, and you've got the job.

This form of value adding occurs in all industries. Employers have to budget their jobs, but they really want people who can do more. It's common sense.

It's also a certainty that the only real candidates for jobs, when interviews start, are the people who can show a lot of value adding ability.