How to Get a Retail Vendor Job


Being a retail vendor involves more than stocking shelves. Successful retail vendors must keep pace with the ever-changing marketplace. They know to sniff the wind and get the right merchandise at the right price. Further, they can predict trends, consumer preferences and fashions. They also must juggle promotions and pricing, while they process the paper work to get approval from managers. No matter if it is working in a bookstore, a jewelry shop or a pharmacy, getting a job as a retail vendor requires management, people skills and accounting skills.

  • Slant your resume' towards the retail vendor trade -- whether you want a job in a camera store or in a florist shop. Indicate that you want to work with people and that you are seeking a career in retail.

  • Line up your references. Ask individuals you know -- business people if possible -- if they will act as your reference when you apply for retail positions. Always check before you add someone's name to your resume'.

  • Gain some retail experience. Try to get a part-time job during a busy season, such as Christmas, so that you can add retail experience to your resume'.

  • Hand-deliver your resume. Rather than sending your resume to the local sports shop, take it in person and ask to speak to the manager. Even a brief introduction will help elevate your application from the slush pile when a position becomes available.

  • Attend local business events and try to meet people. If the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a pancake breakfast, for instance, offer to help. The more merchants you get to know the more your retail vendor job prospects increase.

  • Check with your community college to see if it offers any retail vendor courses. Even if there is nothing that is retail specific, an accounting course will come in handy when you start working in retail.

  • Review the "position vacant" ads in the local newspaper for retail vendor jobs. Also, put out the word to family and friends that you are looking for a job.

  • Search retail vendor Internet sites. Type "retail vendor positions" and your location into a search engine. Bookmark the sites you want to return to later.

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