Sales assistant - Fashion

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Betina, 21

What is your job?

I'm a sales assistant at Myer in the Miss Shop department.

Is it part-time or casual? How many hours a week do you work?

I am a casual worker at Myer. I work around 10 hours per week. During sales I usually get a few extra hours per week.

What does the job involve?

My job involves: 

  • Customer service 
  • Register work 
  • Answering phone calls 
  • Attending the fitting room 
  • Re-stocking and tidying the sales floor

What's the best part of this job?

I love fashion and shopping and my job allows me to indulge in both my passions.

What's the worst part of this job?

The worst part of my job is coping with the crowds of customers who shop during sales, holidays and weekends.

What did you have to do when applying for this job?

I completed my Year 10 work experience at Myer and was fortunate enough to be offered a casual job as a result. Though, the usual way to apply for a job at Myer is through Myer's recruitment website.

Was it difficult to get this job?

If you are organised and persistent, then this job is not hard to get. It's best to apply for this kind of job around mid-year, because that's when department stores tend to look for Christmas casual workers.

Does this job have any relevance to your desired career path? Why/why not?

This job doesn't have direct relevance to my desired career path, as I want to be a journalist. Though, the skills I've learnt such as problem solving, listening, cooperation and communication skills, can help me with any job I apply for in the future.

How do you balance this job with the rest of your week?

I work on the weekends and the weekdays that I get off uni. I think I have a good balance between work, uni and my social life, because I use my diary to plan ahead.

What advice do you have for others looking for this sort of job?

Always keep your eyes open. Retail job vacancies are often advertised in shop windows. Check retail and career websites regularly for new job vacancies. Read your local paper's employment section weekly. Also, ask your friends and family who work in retail if they know of any job openings - this is often a very effective method.

Find out more about this career path at myfuture.edu.au (new window) (Note: free registration is required to access the myfuture site).