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    I'm 17 years old and I want to apply for a part-time retail job that I can work on weekends and/or after school so I can make a bit of money and gain some experience.

    However, the problem is I don't have any experience in retail whatsoever. I've only done work experience in a Digital Media company. I was wondering which places accept people with no experience so I can apply. Does anyone have any experience of having gained employment in the retail sector with very little previous experience?

    Thank you in advance.
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    I'm 17 years old and I want to apply for a part-time retail job that I can work on weekends and/or after school so I can make a bit of money and gain some experience.

    However, the problem is I don't have any experience in retail whatsoever. I've only done work experience in a Digital Media company. I was wondering which places accept people with no experience so I can apply. Does anyone have any experience of having gained employment in the retail sector with very little previous experience?

    Thank you in advance.
    Do your CV and talk to them about transferable skills.
    Teamwork, communication, dealing with customers or people, communication skills etc Know about what the role requires its alwats in the advert and then point to the fact you have those skills. It doesnt have to be in a work envronment.

    One page CV.

    http://www.help4teens.co.uk/Making-a...n/Your-CV.html
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    Do your CV and talk to them about transferable skills.
    Teamwork, communication, dealing with customers or people, communication skills etc Know about what the role requires its alwats in the advert and then point to the fact you have those skills. It doesnt have to be in a work envronment.

    One page CV.

    http://www.help4teens.co.uk/Making-a...n/Your-CV.html
    Thanks.

    Do you know which retailers accept people with little-to-no experience in retail so I can apply once I've done my CV?
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    Thanks.

    Do you know which retailers accept people with little-to-no experience in retail so I can apply once I've done my CV?
    Fast food chains. Supermarkets. Plenty of high street shops.

    They should all take them especially for Christmas jobs. Just do your research, do a good cv get it checked, make sure it sells your skills and then just put out a lot of applications. It helps if your CV emphasises the right skills for the sector you are applying to. Just be determined.
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    Thanks.

    Do you know which retailers accept people with little-to-no experience in retail so I can apply once I've done my CV?
    All the large high street stores do, there is a massive turnover in retail and by and large, unless you are in a high-end, specialist store, they will all take first timers.

    The key is understanding you may not have worked in retail before, but that is not the same as having no relevant experience. You need to break it down into specific skills, as 999tigger suggests.
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    Hey there,

    You might want to take a look at this article about How to write a CV when you have no work experience: http://advice.milkround.com/how-to-w...k-experience-2

    You could also take a look at these that look into Retail:
    http://advice.milkround.com/sector-i...-merchandising
    http://advice.milkround.com/a-day-in...-merchandising
    http://advice.milkround.com/sector/r...-merchandising

    You might find out what the daily role involves, have a look at work experience and skills you have got from other areas, like your digital marketing, and see if examples can be applied in a retail role.

    Good luck and hope this helps!
 
 
 
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