Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Two words: employee discount! If you’re shopping anyway, you can make some money and save some too!

Amava Take: Online shopping has changed the way we all do things, but there’s still a place in the world for retail at malls, city streets and downtowns all over the country. More than ever, these places are creating experiences for their customers—because you can’t get those sitting at your computer. If you’re a people person, you love fashion or gadgets or books and you want to get out there and engage with other enthusiasts, consider working some retail shifts at a store near you.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Personable, dynamic and energetic people.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Think like a customer. What kinds of help do you appreciate? Offer those!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Shifts tend to be 5-8 hours and many stores will let you request how many of them you’d like to work each week.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Helping someone find that perfect something, whether it is for an occasion or just retail therapy.

How would you describe the hard parts?

When you work hard to make a display look just so and customers mess it up, that can be disheartening.

What’s the phrase that pays?

Are you shopping for anything special? Love that color on you!

Special Requirements: Many stores prefer a high school diploma, and some want prior experience, but the main thing they look for is a presentable, friendly person who is a fit with store culture.

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Finding a Position: Large retailers such as Urban Outfitters list jobs directly. Localized job boards are also a great place to start. You can also pop into your favorite store and ask! Curious about what some of the larger retailers pay? Here’s an article that ranks the best retail jobs and tells you how to get them.