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Retail CV candidate’s personality

Before applying for a job it is in your interest to make sure that your personality is suited to the specific role you have chosen, as your decision at this stage is likely to have a major influence on your level of work satisfaction and how long you stay in that industry or profession.

People who choose a career in retail normally possess some of the following personality traits and skills.

 ‘People person’  Product knowledge
 Helpful & polite  Punctual & reliable
 Smart & well-dressed  Good communicator

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Retail Sales Executive with a passion for people DIY – Travel – Household & Commercial

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Area of Expertise

Your retail-focused CV should bullet point your relevant key skills and areas of expertise. Below is a minimum number you should include. Bear in mind that every element of your CV needs to correspond with the area of retail. If it doesn't, leave it out!

  1. * Store management
  2. * Problem resolution & customer care
  3. * Cash handling and cashing-up experience
  4. * People & team management
  5. * Key holder
  6. * High level of product knowledge
  7. * Strong IT skills
  8. * Sales & influencing skills
  9. * Handling of trading accounts


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To be successful in retail, interpersonal relations are vital – you need to be able to strike a rapport with customers and fellow team colleagues. It is important that you are self motivated and have an outgoing, positive attitude – if you don’t it will definitely be noticed by customers. Honesty, punctuality and reliability are also of the utmost importance. An understanding of your company’s wider perspective is also important if you are looking for promotion to management.

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Professional Experience & Significant Achievement

It is very important that the Professional Experience section of your Retail CV shows a track record of relevant achievement. Under each employer / position of your retail CV, include a brief paragraph that highlights your responsibilities (such as roles & responsibilities, etc.). Then provide a bulleted list of your main achievements, and make sure they are meaningful to the potential employer reading your CV. If possible, include concrete and specific facts. This will interest employers and draw attention to your application.

Marketing CV achievement example:

Company A

In my role as Departmental Manager increased sales in my department from £300,000 to £500,000 per quarter. Was awarded company “National Sales Person of the Year” in 2008 and was runner-up in 2009. Introduced new client incentives and free samples as a way of attracting more customers. Suggested the permanent display of outdoor garden accessories and furniture to complement range of patios, resulting in 20% increase in furniture sales.

  • * Managing client and trade accounts
  • * Training retail staff in sales skills and initiatives
  • * Cost / loss control and maximising profits
  • * In-store display and space utilisation
  • * Recruiting and staff management
  • * Implementing strategic business plans and marketing strategies

Education and Professional Development

Retail CV Education and Professional development section would probably include but not limited to the following:

  • * Management, Sales & Customer Care Courses
  • * ABC Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge
  • * City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Retail Knowledge
  • * City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Retail Knowledge
  • * EDEXCEL Level 3 Certificate in Retail Skills (Management)
  • * EDEXCEL Level 3 Certificate in Retail Skills (Sales Professional)
  • * EDEXCEL Level 3 Diploma in Retail Skills (Management)

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