This is the introduction post to my series on moving from a cube or corporate job to a retail or big box job. In this post I will lay out what to expect in making the switch.
A college educated task oriented person is going to do great at a retail job. The mundane tasks will seem like a walk in the park to those of you that did well at your old job. The variety of the tasks available to you at a retail job will let you get out of the rut of doing the same thing every day.
Here are some things to expect:
You will see different people every day.
If you are in a smallish store you won’t be doing the same tasks every day.
You will probably have a rotating schedule.
If you are good at your job you will be asked to do nearly every job in the store.
For example one day you could be working the register, the next day you could be unloading trucks from the back, another day you may be redoing shelves and endcaps.
Your store managers won’t be used to the high quality of work that you are able to do with minimal efforts. Most managers are used to dealing with kids from ages 16 plus. Most store managers will have been with that retail outfit or a similar one for a while, some may have never even worked in an office themselves. Your office skills and ability to get things done in a timely fashion will amaze the average store manager.
Remember, one of the ways to get through working a retail job is to make every day an adventure. Show up happy and don’t think of it as a low end job.