Advancing Your Career

Advance your retail merchandising career

You can definitely build a career in retail merchandising if that’s your desire. I know countless people, including myself, who have started their careers in the field as RSMs / RCMs and then worked their way up into management positions - some very high profile. If your goal is to build a successful career in this field, then below are some tips that will help you accomplish this…

  • Don’t be average. You need to stand out from the pack, and you can accomplish this by trying to be one of best in what you do. Strive to be the fastest, most efficient, organized, and accurate merchandiser you can be, while taking pride in your work. If you do this, you will get noticed. Go above and beyond the average!
  • Learn computer skills. If you are not familiar with Microsoft Office, take the time to learn how to use many of the programs such as Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You will need these skills in most management-type positions, especially excel. There are many free / well-made tutorials you can find for free online, (IE: HERE).
  • Make your goals known. Make sure your supervisor is well aware that you’d like to get into management. Let he/she know you’d love to learn more about their job if possible. Request more responsibility from them. Ask them for suggestions on how to get your foot in the door.
  • Keep Applying. Visit your company’s career board daily/weekly and keep applying to the positions that interest you. Do this consistently!
  • Network. Any time you get to work side-by-side next to a client should be looked at as a job interview! Even if you don’t want to work directly for a certain client, you never know what they may be able to do for you. Take advantage of the opportunity and work on developing a relationship with the them, while impressing at the same time through your quality of work. Along with clients, work to develop key relationships with store managers, your peers, and especially your direct supervisor.
  • Professionalism. I’ve mentioned professionalism a lot, and there is a reason for it - It’s extremely important! If you practice true professionalism each and every day while working you will be recognized.
  • Take initiative. If you’re faced with a difficult challenge, instead of immediately racing to the phone to ask for help, try to see if you can resolve the issue on your own - if allowed to make that type of decision. Once you feel you have the solution, have the confidence in yourself to implement it. Once finished, make sure to let your supervisor know the obstacles you faced and how you overcame them.

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