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    Default Who works in Retail?

    Do you work in retail, tell me about it, is it good, do you enjoy it? 've just resigned from my full time, stressful, demanding job that I've had for 5 years and will be looking for something part time or casual.

    I'm excited about the future, and with hubbys encouragement I've given notice as I was getting so stressed. I would like to work in retail, and was wondering what it is like? I've worked in customer service with my previous job and love working with the public. I've applied for a few jobs at clothing and craft shops, would love your opinion. Thanks!

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    Thanks, I'd be even interested in working in Big W or KMart lol, any bigger shops too!

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    I've worked in a few different retail environments (jewellery, clothing, food) and to be honest it really depends on the store. I worked in a clothes shop and although the shop itself was fine, it was very very quiet. I found the boredom excruciating. Whereas the jewellery store was fast paced and challenging, I really enjoyed working there. I'm happy when I'm busy! Personally I got sick of having to deal with the general public (there are a lot of crazy people out there) but I'm not overly patient, so if you enjoy customer service I'm sure you'll be fine. I liked working weekends because they were busy and paid better, but some people might not like working weekends. Overall I enjoyed working in retail. It's especially fun if your colleagues are good people.

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    I've worked in retail for years. It's pretty soul destroying in the long run. There are upsides though. Generally you don't have any real accountability, you waltz in and out at the end of the day and don't have to take work home. The rate of pay isn't bad for unskilled work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I've worked in retail for years. It's pretty soul destroying in the long run. There are upsides though. Generally you don't have any real accountability, you waltz in and out at the end of the day and don't have to take work home. The rate of pay isn't bad for unskilled work.

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    Yes, this. Soul destroying is a pretty accurate description! I worked in a supermarket for years. Upsides- when you have good workmates; it can be a lot of fun! As HM said, when you leave work for the day, you leave it behind, none of this working from home nonsense. Downsides- management; money hungry, inhuman, drill sargeant types are rife these days, as they tend to stay under budget more than the friendly ones. Customers; they leave their brains and manners at the door. Other staff can be difficult too. It's also really mind numbing. I felt like I was losing brain cells every hour I was there.

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    I worked in retail for 6 months recently and it was the worst job i have ever had. I wanted to stab everybodies eyes out. We were micromanaged for sales targets religiously and the clientele for all fat lonely losers who came in just to talk to another human being or girlfriends wanting to get their boyfriend something for a gift. There was a huge push for presales that was worse then sleezy too. I was so happy when i quit.

    If you want a nice easy low stress job, i would go security. Female security guards are always in high demand and you can choose to go to lots of new workplaces for lots of variety.It also pays well too.

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    Have you thought about pharmacy? It's retail, but a bit more fun, as you really get to know your regular customers, and it can be very rewarding to help people out. Pay wise it isn't great, but can give you good job satisfaction. If you are willing to work weekends, the pay is better, and there is a bit more demand for weekend staff.

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    Ive worked in retail for 7 years; auto parts.
    Some aspects are ****; some fun.
    Where i am its fast paced and challenging. Atm i have a crap manager and area manager and hate it. But normally i enjoy it.

    💜 DD1 aka Peanut 💜 Due 28.10.14

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    Oh it's so hard to just give an opinion on retail as a whole.. I have worked in some great stores and some not so great ones. Anywhere you work though, as long as you mesh with your co-workers, you'll have a good time I think.
    I keep going back to retail for the hours and the people, I like seeing new faces.

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    Thanks so much! I've leaving property management which itself is personality destroying lol I love my clients, I love that they rely on me and love helping people, but I'm over the dramas, and I need a change! I'm applying for different positions so hopefully something will happen!


 

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