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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I picked up a job application from a local gift shop last night. They are looking for seasonal people from end of October until the first weekend in Jan.
However some of the questions I am unsure how to complete.
Such as pay----this I know will be much lower than what I currently make but as I'm getting severance pay its not too big of an issue. Should I enter negoitable??? Job history-I've worked here since 1985 but graduated college winter of 1979-do I need to go back until then???
I would like to return the application to them next week so any advise would be helpful.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by GailC
I picked up a job application from a local gift shop last night. They are looking for seasonal people from end of October until the first weekend in Jan.
However some of the questions I am unsure how to complete.
Such as pay----this I know will be much lower than what I currently make but as I'm getting severance pay its not too big of an issue. Should I enter negoitable??? Job history-I've worked here since 1985 but graduated college winter of 1979-do I need to go back until then???
I would like to return the application to them next week so any advise would be helpful.
Gail, I would definitely put all of the job history you have on there. They will see you are MOST capable of completing your tasks.

As for pay, I always either put "negotiable" or leave it blank and I've never had a problem.

Good Luck!!!
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
Gail, I would definitely put all of the job history you have on there. They will see you are MOST capable of completing your tasks.

As for pay, I always either put "negotiable" or leave it blank and I've never had a problem.

Good Luck!!!

Good Luck! I don't think I would be able to work in a gift shop.... I would end up leaving my whole paycheck there!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Good Luck! I don't think I would be able to work in a gift shop.... I would end up leaving my whole paycheck there!
Haha, same here!! I would buy EVERYTHING!!
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
Gail, I would definitely put all of the job history you have on there. They will see you are MOST capable of completing your tasks.

As for pay, I always either put "negotiable" or leave it blank and I've never had a problem.

Good Luck!!!
I also agree with what Kelly has said! But under pay, def put negotiable....

Good luck
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Good Luck! I don't think I would be able to work in a gift shop.... I would end up leaving my whole paycheck there!
Karen, I used to work for a Hallmark store, and believe me, I did!
post #7 of 14
One of the jobs i had in highschool i started seasonally, it is a really good way to get a job part time. They will hire alot of people. It isnt really what other jobs you have had but what stills you have when you go in for your interview. Most stores want someone that isnt scared to speak to people. Trust me i have seen people get hired that were and they didnt last very long. Being comfortable to help out people multitasting is also good.

I would put jobs down that are show you have experiance in retail related fields. Even if its something like being computer efficient, which using that you are POS (point of sale) computer efficient is a good way to put it is you have had other retail jobs. They mostly look for people that are people friendly and are comfortable working in a fast paced stressful enviorment. (if they are a fast paced stressful enviorment)

That is just what i have seen when applying for retail jobs its not so much about history but about capibility of doing a new job learning it fast and getting screwed with one of the fastest seasons for shopping.


OH and for pay if it is a chain store, most places have a set amount they pay seasonal workers so you may be out of luck if your looking for a certain about i have found its anywhere from $6 to $8
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Haha, same here!! I would buy EVERYTHING!!
Me too!!!!
post #9 of 14
keep in mind that anything before college is illrelevent. i'd list from college grad on. i can't remember what teh career development offie said about how far to list.

on your resume leave out family and faith related items. the employer does not need to know these things.
post #10 of 14
In the pay area, write in Scale.
This essentially says you expect the going hourly rate that a permant employee would be making (or comparable to what a union worker in the same field makes).
post #11 of 14
In general you shouldnt put more than the last ten years.... some are saying five years... I leave pay blank
post #12 of 14
I agree. People don't need to know where you were 20 years ago . To get noticed, make sure you list only the necessary skills for the job at hand. Handing in a resume and a cover letter with the application will also get you noticed. I would put SCALE in beside pay as well. You wouldn't believe with all the knowledge that is out there,how many resumes I get with 1) GLARING spellig mistakes! or 2) where they have crossed out a word and handwritten in the word..geez,print out a new one! or 3) where they have to uncrumple it after being in their bag..(they are smoothing it out when handing it to me!) or 4) they list all their religious affiliations and/or friends as references! or 5) they come in to drop off their resume with friends! Any of these get their resumes thrown in the garbage soon after....GOOD LUCK!!
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. This is just something to keep me busy for a couple of months while I get organized for my real job -being a self employed landscaper. Trust me I'm not afraid of talking to people and I'm not worried about learning something new-it will be a nice change of pace. Its just that I've been hear for close to 20 yrs I don't know why anything before that would be relevant. I'll complete and return to store next week and see what happens.
post #14 of 14
I suggest that you list all of your jobs, but with a bit more emphasis on the jobs that may be relevant to the one you are applying for. I always taylor my resume to the job I'm applying for.
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