Post # 1
I’ve been considering getting a part-time job and by part-time I mean like 4-8 hours a week part-time. I’ve got a great full time job right now and I’m also enrolled in school so a legit part-time job would be out of the question for me. The reason I want this job is pretty much for the associate discount. I know, that’s terrible. I was thinking about saks or nordstrom.. or even a floral shop (j/k.. but that would be awesome). Have any of you considered this/have done this? I just think it would be super helpful if I could save a couple bucks on my wedding shoes/accessories.
Post # 3
@nemoandthebrain: No, I have worked these types of jobs before. Retail can be a huge headache and sometimes the discounts are not even worth it.
Post # 4
It’s definitely worth doing if you can find a gig— my sister worked one day a week at Starbucks for a long time because their health insurance was better and cheaper than the insurance at her city government job— but it’s really hard to find anywhere that will hire you on for just one shift a week. So be prepared for a lot of no’s as you start handing out applicaitons.
Post # 5
I’ve thought about doing this in the past for extra cash, but places won’t really hire you on with so many restrictions on your hours/availability when there are tons of other people that need a job.
Post # 6
I worked in retail for years and I swore I would never do it again. Well one mortgage and a wedding later I started applying for some part time jobs at the mall. I gave up when Macy’s denied me for being overqualified.
Post # 7
ugh I know.. I guess I’ll give it a try and hope for the best. I used to work in retail many moons ago so I know how that struggle goes. I have a couple friends who work at Nordstrom so that might be helpful. Thanks for your input.
Post # 8
I work full time in insurance, and have a part time job as an event contractor (I give tours, send out contracts, collect payment, do floor plan diagrams, and coordinate set up) for an event center. I set my own hours at the center, and get a percentage of everything booked. It works really well since I can set my own hours!
Post # 9
If you really think it will be worth it you could… do you know how much of an employee discount those stores even give? I’ve worked at Sears and Walmart and both stores only give a 10% discount. I think most retail places are the same. Besides, I know that I bought more clothes and shoes while working retail than I would’ve if I hadn’t been working, so while you might save a few bucks on a couple necessities, there’s a good chance you’ll spend all that you saved and more on other random things you see, unless you have a lot of self control 😛
Post # 10
FWIW, I was a department manager at Nordstrom and people who applied “for the discount” we’re the biggest joke/headache. No one will hire you for 4-8 hours – all nordy employees work on commission and contribute to department volume goals so it’s not worth it to have you on the schedule for just a few hours, and we want to hire people who are motivated to sell.
Post # 11
Restaurants may be able to hire you for weekend shifts, if you’re willing to try that. And it’s pretty good money, considering (over $100 a shift if you get a good, busy restaurant or fine dining) – I paid my way through college debt free by waiting tables on weekends.