A well-constructed retail CV could be the key component in helping you secure a job on the sales floor. Many people wrongly assume a retail CV should focus primarily or entirely on past work experience; job counsellors point out that retail CVs should focus on your abilities, knowledge or other acumen that's directly transferable -- be it educational, occupational or otherwise -- to the job to which you're applying. The emphasis in a retail CV, therefore, is not necessarily on what you've done, but what you'd like to do.
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Research the position to which you're applying carefully and identify the skills and attributes that will be necessary to perform the job at an exemplary level.
List your personal demographic information, including your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. This information can be used by potential employers to contact you upon review of your CV.
Detail the skills or abilities you possess that could benefit you in the retail job for which you're applying. Retail skills include strategic planning, budgeting, sales and marketing, inventory control, procurement, computational skills, language proficiency, and public speaking.
Detail and describe your work experience. Describe your most recent job experience first and work backwards chronologically to your first job in the past 10 years. Highlight your retail experience with actionable verbs such as managed, developed, marketed and so on.
Detail your educational background. Describe your most recent education first and work your way backwards chronologically to the last postsecondary institution you attended. Highlight your sales and retail education by listing some sample business or marketing courses you completed.
List your interests and achievements as they pertain to the field of retail and sales. Include any sales or marketing awards you've won and quotas you've met as well as a description of the diversity of products you've sold. Don't include personal interests, i.e., woodworking, needlepoint, skydiving, as that will detract from the professionalism of your CV.
List all your references, including their preferred contact information. Be sure to contact these people to get their permission to include them, and choose people who can speak both to your professional capabilities and personal character.
Tips and warnings
- Without actually lying, slant your skills and abilities, job experience, educational background and interests so they coordinate with the skill set required by the job for which you're applying.
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