By Bridget Quigg
Are you looking for work this holiday season? Need a little more jingle in your pocket?
We went out on to the streets and interviewed retail workers at some popular retail outlets – RadioShack, Gap, Sephora and more – that are hiring this holiday season. We tried to find out what it's like to work at these stores and how to get hired.
Job Title: Visual Manager at Gap
Q: What is your favorite part of working the holiday season?
A: The energy in the store. It’s super fun and colorful and energetic.
Q: What is the most stressful part of working during the holiday? How do you handle it?
A: The increased traffic is always going to be a little harder to deal with. Giving each customer the experience that they are looking for, despite being so busy.
Q: What is the most ridiculous thing that has happened while you were working during the holiday season?
A: Our big “lumi” (backlit) presentation behind the counter last holiday season featured a sequins jacket. It was part of our national marketing campaign but we didn’t carry it in the store. We had a big demand for the jacket and a lot of customers were insistent that we get it to them. That was unexpected.
Q: How did you get the job you have now?
A: I worked my way up. I stared as a sales associate, showed my drive and that will get you places. I am a visual manager, which means that I handle all the displays, merchandise, window and mannequins.
Q: What is your advice for people seeking work during the holidays?
A: Be persistent. I think there are jobs out there. Just don’t get discouraged. Also, I understand wanting to get higher positions but I think trying an entry-level job out and seeing what happens from there can work. That’s what I did.
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