If You’ve Ever Worked in Retail, Please Stand Up

Have you ever held a job in retail? Nearly three out of five Americans have worked in retail in some capacity. And, of those surveyed, almost one third report their first job was in retail, at an average age of 16.

Even if an individual’s long-term career plans don’t include retail, that early experience is valuable and transfer across industries. One NRF study concluded that 70 percent of all hiring managers found that candidates with retail experience displayed a “personable and respectful nature, composure, willingness to ‘step up,’ and the ability to work with anyone, take direction and multi-task.”

The retail industry uniquely offers opportunities for nearly every age, education and skill level. From greeters and picker packers to checkers and floor salespeople, there are a wide variety of workers needed to make each shift successful.

In addition, the retail space lends itself nicely to temporary arrangements, given that:

  • Consumer traffic patterns are hard to decipher, and harder to staff. With several busy seasons and sale events to contend with throughout the year, it can be difficult.
  • Employee turnover tends to be high, often leaving retailers short-staffed when business picks up.
  • The merchandise itself also has a high turnover rate. With seasonality, clothing retailers are the best example of this, but with everything from electronics to home decor, retailers require workers to change the stock often to keep the shelves fresh.

Are you using on-demand workers to supplement your staff? It’s easier than you think.

Our mobile app makes it easy to connect with pre-screened, pre-qualified workers across all retail-specific positions. With our technology, you can find reliable, professional workers, manage rosters on the fly, communicate scheduling changes in real-time and approve working hours.

Shiftgig is helping retailers staff their stores and warehouses with the on-demand workers needed to handle the busy back-to-school shopping season. Come learn more here and reach out to us today.

About The Author

Jane Smith is the Community Relations Manager at Shiftgig. She is passionate about helping Shiftgig Specialists and helping transform the way people work. In her free time, Jane loves cooking, exploring Chicago, and spending time with family.