Post # 1
Has retail gotten really competitive these days?
I interviewed for two seasonal retail positions lately and got rejected for both of them. I’m not looking to go into retail–and I’m actively looking for jobs in my field–but it’s a bit of a blow to my self-confidence that I can’t even get what most people consider a “backup” job. Then I think of all the retail applications over the past year that I’ve started and abandoned because they were 8943849374 pages long and I figured my time would be better spent applying for jobs in my field, and I think that it’s just become a competitive industry.
So has retail gotten more competitive or do I just suck?
Post # 3
@worldtraveler: You’re probably over qualified.
I applied for retail jobs during grad school. I never even got a call. They could tell by my education level that it would just be a backup job and I wouldn’t stick around for long.
I would suggest leaving out education details or anything to give away that you want a “backup” job.
Post # 4
@MichiganGirl24: I’ve heard that advice before, but I’m not sure how to eliminate certain “overqualiified” things in my resume without looking like I have massive resume gaps. And I don’t say I’m looking for a different job, but I request weekend and evening hours (leaving weekdays free for interviews)–maybe the retail managers are onto me?
Post # 5
People with open availability will have first dibs on an interview.
But I do think these jobs are more competetive now because so many people have been laid off or let go from their regular jobs.
Have you looked into restaurant? You’d make a lot more money serving than you would working retail.
Post # 6
Retail might be a back up for you but it’s not for a lot of people and for that reason places can be picky because they have a lot to choose from. Most aren’t looking to hire someone they know could and would quit the second they get hired.