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๐Ÿ’ธ I want to work in retail but have no experience. How can I make my CV stand out?

๐Ÿ’ธ I want to work in retail but have no experience. How can I make my CV stand out?

You can totally land a job in retailโ€ฆ even with no experience. Retail is an industry that hires largely on your soft skills and potential.

So how can you bag yourself an interview in retail with no experience?

Start by scanning the job advert for keywords ๐Ÿ‘€ and include these words in your CV. These are some of the most common skills found in retail job adverts:

๐Ÿ“ข Customer service

๐Ÿ“ข Confidence

๐Ÿ“ข Team-work

๐Ÿ“ข Communication

๐Ÿ“ข Hard-working

Next, carefully write your CV summary in 2-5 sentences using the key words.

Example summary:

โ€˜Iโ€™m a confident person seeking work in a fast-paced role working in retail. I enjoy working as part of a team and going the extra mile to deliver excellent customer service.โ€™

What experience should you include in your CV?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Any work experience, even if itโ€™s not in retail.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Volunteer work

๐Ÿ‘‰ Hobbies that demonstrate your key skills

๐Ÿ‘‰ Personal achievements such as academic projects, sports achievements, talents

๐Ÿ‘‰ Key skills and examples e.g. 

Team-work โ€“ worked as a team of 4 to produce final year university project over a 6 month period

Leadership โ€“ captain of the local football team for 1 year

Communication โ€“ regular public speaking presenting projects to peers and lecturers

Finally, include a cover letter!

This is your chance to go into more detail about why you want to work in retail and what you can bring to the company.

Structure your cover letter in this way:

๐Ÿ“Œ Paragraph 1 โ€“ purpose of the letter, position youโ€™re applying for

๐Ÿ“Œ Paragraph 2 โ€“ what skills and experience you have thatโ€™s suited to retail

๐Ÿ“Œ Paragraph 3 โ€“ why you want to work for that specific employer

Good luck with your applications and rememberโ€ฆIโ€™m here to help you find the right job. 

You can use your Sonic CV created on our app on other job boards and career sites. Just click on โ€˜My Sonic CVโ€™ and then Download CV. ๐Ÿ’•

15 comments

Chukwuemeka Chukwuemeka7 months ago

I am looking for retail jobs too.

Benjy Benjy1 year ago

I need help as I donโ€™t have retail experience

Rhubarb532crumble Rhubarb532crumble1 year ago

Can I have some help with what I can put down on a cv?

sxxnara86 sxxnara861 year ago

Can I have some help with my Cv I want to work somewhere that's is close to where I live it with good pay but I'm only 15

daz599 daz5991 year ago

I would really appreciate a free review of my cv please.