How to Hire for the Retail Industry


The lovely world of retail. But behind the groceries, bright lights, jewelry, clothes and mannequins you will find hard working individuals who work for minimum wage in most cases. If your business is going to be a successful retail establishment, you need to make sure you hire some great people to show off the amazing products you have and provide your customers with a world renowned shopping experience. How do you find those retail stars, you ask? Retail HR.

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Employment References in Retail


This is normally a very standard process in many industries but I have found it is not uncommon for retail employers to completely skip this step of the hiring process. No, in fact her current wage is $12.00/hour and her title is at a clerk level. HR human resources references in retail Retail HR Employment reference checks, job verification, background check, whatever you want to call it , it’s absolutely necessary part of the hiring process.


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Staff Development, Benefits & Compensation for Low-Wage Workers


Those who work in low-wage jobs are often left out of the conversation. These are the people working in retail, food service, warehouse and production. Why Low-Wage Workers Matter. of American workers are in low-wage jobs. 1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2013, nearly two-thirds of workers in jobs that pay federal minimum wage or less are in the service industry. Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013.”

It’s Tougher at the Bottom: Why All Students Should Work Minimum Wage (at Least Once)

Corn on the Job

Especially when we discovered that instead of faux interviewing for lofty future “career” type jobs, we’d be pretending to seek positions as Starbucks baristas and American Eagle retail jockeys. At the risk of sounding like a snob, I thought I’d be head and shoulders above the other candidates, regardless of the fact that I’d never worked retail before. To those of you who have managed to survive—and even thrive—in the retail environment, I mean no disrespect.

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can an employer steal your work when you apply for a job, why can’t low-wage jobs retain workers, and more

Ask a Manager

This post, can an employer steal your work when you apply for a job, why can’t low-wage jobs retain workers, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Why can’t retail and food service jobs retain employees?

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HR Capitalist

Yes, it's true: Apple is now dealing with union organizing in its award-winning retail stores. More from Yahoo News : "Cory Moll, a part-time employee at an Apple store in San Francisco, is working to form a union to fight for better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company's glass-and-steel retail showrooms. "The The minimum wage for 2011 in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is $9.92

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Urban Outfitters Will Keep Asking Employees to Work for Free


It was once a common retail scheduling practice, but it’s increasingly common for retailers to employ availability agreements instead, which allow for more flexibility for workers, and the ability to refuse call in shifts within their availability. They’re betting that the public’s commitment to fair wages and treatment for all is vastly outweighed by our commitment to cheap music festival outfits and overpriced kitschy housewares.

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Will Amazon Go Kill Jobs? Oh, Probably


” This is a great time to launch a service promising to help consumers skip long lines in retail stores. Retail, as an industry, is not exactly quick to adopt new technologies even when they promise new conveniences to the customer, because taking a risk on an immature inventory and point of sale product could have grave consequences for their business. If Amazon Go and similar products are a success, they stand to kill millions of retail jobs.

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Target Looking To Expand Its Team For The Holidays (And Beyond)

Career Realism

Seasonal Job Opportunities At Target The large retailer recently held two large hiring events and is still hiring for positions via The company's hourly minimum wage has been $13 since June 2019, and plans on raising it to $15 per hour by the end of 2020. Tis the season for holiday jobs and one of the businesses at the center of the seasonal hiring is Target.

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Overtime Pay: 80% of American Employees are Entitled. Are you?

Sklover Working Wisdom

Commissioned” Exemption – This exemption is intended to apply to commissioned sales employees of retail or service establishments. times the minimum wage. For information on how to initiate an anonymous overtime complaint to the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Monthly Newsletter Library Overtime, Commissions and Unpaid Wages“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need. if I die by four o’clock.”. Henny Youngman .

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Workers Must Watch Out For These Types Of Wage Theft


Wage theft is a new hot topic sweeping across the United States. The issue picked up even more steam when Donald Trump repealed wage theft protections in March of 2017. Working professionals, in particular, are rightly concerned with the prevalence of wage theft among businesses in America. Many worry that they may be a victim of wage theft without even realizing it. Wage theft includes situations where workers are not paid overtime. Minimum Wage.

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5 Things to Watch Out for In Friday’s Job Report


In addition to key indicators like overall employment and wage growth, I’ll be digging into the report for information on regional and sector disparities, youth employment trends, underemployment and where America stands in the global employment picture. Wage Growth. Quarter after quarter, wage growth has been so slow as to be measured in single digit fluctuations, a little bit up, a little bit down, but for the most part, slow and steady.

2016 52

Blood On the Sales Floor: When Dress Codes Hurt


” While it’s encouraging to learn that Joey takes employee comfort so seriously, their corporate dress code policies — and those of other restaurant and retail groups — don’t seem to be in full effect on the ground floor. Dress code conflicts and incidents of discrimination in the restaurant and retail industries are incredibly common. In service industries like retail and the restaurant business, dress codes are a marketing and branding opportunity.

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I don’t want a minimum wage job

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I’m job-searching, and many people have suggested I get a minimum wage job. because I don’t want to work for minimum wage. I know the benefits of working a minimum wage job (any pay is better than nothing, it keeps me busy, etc.). I don’t look down on people who work minimum wage either. – I have worked minimum wage/low skill jobs, and it is difficult to break out of the pattern. Minimum wage brings, at most, $1160.

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On #EqualPayDay Dig Deeper into the Pay Gap’s Complexities


But not all huge pay gaps are in STEM fields – retail, food service and transportation also have significant gender pay gaps, ranging from 14 to 28%. The wage gaps between cis and transgender people and between able and disabled people also remain huge. "I'm here to say we will close the wage gap." HR employment discrimination equal pay day gender pay gap pay gap wage gap

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How to Survive in the New Job Market


Minimum wage employers can find themselves with a workforce that disappears in an instant if Costco opens a superstore nearby. But a lot of these jobs are just minimum wage placeholders to service the increase in population due to the increase in high tech workers flocking to the new centers of information technology expansion. Retail is dying a slow death, spiraling into irrelevancy caused by online retail powerhouses like Amazon, Alibris and eBay.

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Jobs Friday: 211,000 Jobs Added in November


November’s BLS report shows all the trends we saw in October – more jobs, low but unchanging unemployment and no gain in wages – holding steady. While most commentary on this month’s report is focused on that long promised rate hike from the Fed, I’m more interested in that lack of movement in wages. Wages, though, aren’t rising – and that’s bad. Jobs Friday again?

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The Last Jobs Friday of 2015 Is a Good One – Mostly


The American economy added 292,000 non-farm payroll jobs in December, but wages fell by one cent. Financial services, travel, and predictably, retail, saw strong growth last month. Slow wage growth and underemployment are two disturbing trends to keep an eye on. Wage growth was flat or sluggish throughout much of the year, as has been the case since the economic collapse. That’s still better than projections, which had put job growth closer to 211,000.

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April Jobs Report Sees a Big Slowdown


The pace of job growth has been slower in 2016 than in 2015 — it’s down from an average of 215,000 — but most other trends have remained the same: a struggling energy sector, increases in service, tech and medicine and generally slow wage growth. Oil and gas lost 8,000 jobs and retail 3,000, while manufacturing added 4,000, healthcare 38,200 and non-retail service work added 65,000 jobs. As with last month, wages showed modest growth at 0.3%.

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Hiring & Retention in a High Turnover Workplace


Employee retention can be a big problem in low-wage jobs. Industries like retail and food service are known for high turnover rates, which leads to a constant cycle of hiring and training new employees. The starting wage for most jobs in production and the warehouse was minimum wage, and the attitude from upper management was that employees were expendable. High turnover can cost a company time and money.

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Landing an Entry Level Job Without a Degree

Ms. Career Girl

Do you desire an escape from a minimum wage retail job? The post Landing an Entry Level Job Without a Degree appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Stuck in a mind-numbing job, but you don’t seem to be able to escape? This can be a hard endeavor if you have minimal professional work experience, no college degree, and cannot realistically afford a college education. A college degree is not the only path to professional career success.

Amazon Employees (BHM1) Crush Union - 10 Things You Need to Know.

The HR Capitalist

In the case of the Amazon vote, the union in question was the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which I’ll simply refer to as the “union” from this point forward.). Add base wages, OT, benefits and more, and you’re suddenly looking at a job worth 45-50K+ that grows over time.

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All Quiet On the January Jobs Report Front


As predicted, job growth slowed in January and some of the retail jobs the economy added in November and December have now disappeared. These trends will continue through to the February jobs report, as oil prices show no signs of becoming more favourable to the North American energy industry, and retail continues its seasonal adjustment. Wage growth continues to be positive but slow, with an average increase in January of 12 cents.

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CHARTS FOR SMART HR PROS: Turnover Is Back to Pre-Recession Levels Across America.

The HR Capitalist

On a related note, Costco announced last week that it will be raising wages for both new and current entry-level workers in the U.S. This increase is significant because the company hasn’t raised wages for entry-level of workers in nine years, and its move to do so now might suggest that, as the economy adds jobs, retailers will have to start paying their frontline workers more in order to hold onto them.

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Everything About Working at Walmart

The Corporate Con/noisseur

Walmart is one of the largest retailers and employers in the United States. This revenue came from their physical stores, their Sam’s Club retail warehouse clubs, and from , their e-commerce site. This is time paid at an average of their weekly wage.

2019 52

Sexism, Jill Abramson’s Firing, and How it Impacts Your Workplace

Ms. Career Girl

That doesn’t make the gender-wage disparity in America any less real. Regardless of Jill Abramson’s firing, the wage gap is a very real issue, and so is the fact that you could lose your job or face punishment for bringing it up. I’m reminded of a time I spent selling retail electronics under a female manager, who was frequently passed over by customers in favor of myself, a young man with a beard.

2014 185

FLSA Changes and What #HR Needs to Know #SHRM15


Not being legally minded, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tammy McCutchen, previously the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor, where she answered all my questions while I learned a lot about the new changes. I may have even geeked out a little hearing about the history behind the changes and the fact that we haven’t raised the wage for exempt workers since 2004 and before that it was 1975. minimum wage job and applying it in Oklahoma.

2015 98

Exploring and Closing the Middle Skills Gap

Water Cooler Wisdom

Some industries affected by the middle skills gap are finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, and retail, and the jobs themselves range from entry-level administrative positions to highly specific operational roles. business; they provide not only decent wages initially, but also a pathway to increasing lifetime career value for many workers; and finally, they are persistently hard-to-fill.”.

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From Snowboards to Baby Products

Career Shifters

I worked for a winter sports retailer buying snowboard equipment. I should have started the business and quit when the earnings had matched or exceeded my job wage. That I'm horrible with numbers despite my background in retail buying. "I didn't want to work for anyone else anymore. Also, I calculated the number of hours a year that I was spending commuting. It was insane!"

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How Leading Companies are Using Big Data to Navigate the Skills Gap

Resume Bear

The book, published by McGraw-Hill, is available for purchase now at all major Internet book retailers and will be on store shelves by November 15. Raising wages to improve applicant pools and signal labor markets to address skill shortages. At 5 percent, high-wage occupations ($21.14 per hour and above) are expected to grow faster than low-wage ($13.83 and below) and medium-wage ($13.84-$21.13) occupations (4.7

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Amazon Raising All US Workers to a Minimum of $15/hr Is The Simplest Business Decision Ever.

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, Amazon announced today that it would establish a $15/hr minimum hourly wage for all 350,000 of its U.S. It did not disclose what its current minimum pay wage is for U.S. You can say that it's the right thing to do, but beyond providing a livable wage for employees, THIS IS THE SMARTEST THING AMAZON COULD HAVE DONE FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE. They're putting big box retailers, malls, strip malls and e-commerce shops out of business.

The US Economy Added 156,000 Jobs in September


Wage growth continues to be slow but has risen by 2.6% Tech, health care, service and retail are all still continuing to grow. Retail: +22,000. But the overall unemployment and growth rates don’t speak to the reality of individual workers who have been squeezed out of shrinking industries, or how college educated workers have displaced high-school educated workers in mid and low wage jobs.

4 Things To Know About Negotiating Salary In 2021 (And Beyond)

Career Realism

For example, industries impacted significantly by the pandemic such as restaurants, retail, hospitality, and seasonal jobs are struggling to fill jobs and are raising wages to entice job seekers to work for them. Salary negotiations can be tricky, but there's no escaping them.

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Are Employers Listening? Twitter Hash Tags in Support of Raising #MinimumWage


I quickly saw that their #upchat hash tag was discussing the recent food service strikes and the proposed minimum wage increase. Upchat coincided with the picketing by restaurant and retail workers who are in favor of raising the minimum wage, receiving time off benefits and healthcare. This is a three post series discussing union communication, awareness and organization strategies. Watch our free webinar for more information on how unions are using social media. .

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Why Workplace Happiness and Job Satisfaction is Critical for New Hires

Corn on the Job

This generation is not nearly as concerned about pay grades as it is with flexibility and being measured based upon productive output as opposed to a flat wage. Recent studies have shown that although the mining industry pays the highest wages per hour, sectors such as automotive repair and retail sales have gained more employees over the past ten years. It is often said that money cannot buy happiness.

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Dollar General’s Progressive Recruitment Policies – What You Need to Know

Corn on the Job

Unlike Walmart, which is present both in rural and urban United States, Dollar General stores serve smaller communities that do not have access to a wide range of general-merchandise retailers. Dollar General stores can usually be found in rural areas that are not serviced by other general retailers. Apart from the usual perks and bonuses that come with the job like pay raises and discounts, the company offers huge non-wage benefits for employees of all positions.

2018 52

New 2012-2022 BLS Employment Projections: What Career Counselors Need to Know

Career Key

Issues continue with unemployment, underemployment , and most job creation in poorly paid retail and service occupations. For example, lawyers continue to get a high growth and median wage marks in the BLS data. The U.S. 2012-2022 Employment Projections provide new data for career counselors and career development professionals to rely upon in helping people make career and education choices.

2014 137

Top Five: Work Perk Watch


But for now, here are five work perk stories I’m keeping an eye on: Dan Price Emptied His Retirement Accounts for that $70,000 Gravity Wage. He’s the CEO who made $70,000 the minimum wage at Gravity, and did so at his own expense. This is mysterious to me, considering the National Post cites a $400 million cost to the retailing giant. So you may have noticed that I have a fascination with startup work perks.

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Rebooting Your Career – Help Wanted on IT Help Desks

Corn on the Job

Job stability no longer feels as stable; wages aren’t as sustainable as they once were and opportunities for advancement are few and far between. Business across all sectors has changed – from manufacturing to retail, agriculture, healthcare and the service industry.

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Don’t Let Your Job Title Define You

Career Realism

This means a life of retail with college loans to pay off, in addition to living expenses. If these students knew they’d wind up in retail, I’m sure they wouldn’t have added a $300 loan payoff on top of minimum wage! College Wasn’t A Total Waste… Even In Retail. Remember I said that if college students knew they’d wind up in retail, they’d never have put themselves tens of thousands of dollars in debt? In 2013, 1.7

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Top Careers of the Future

Resume Bear

Occupations with the fastest growth Occupations Percent change Number of new jobs (in thousands) Wages (May 2008 median) Education/training category Biomedical engineers 72 11.6 $ 77,400 Bachelor’s degree Network systems and data communications analysts 53 155.8 Eleven of these occupations earn at least $10,000 more than the National annual median wage, which was $32,390 as of May 2008. 46 19,180 Short-term on-the-job training Retail salespersons 374.7

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Is It Worth Going To University?

Career Realism

An average starting wage for a graduate of £18-24,000 cannot be sniffed at, but according to recent figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which were analyzed in the Independent , 18,500 graduates from 2013 were still out of work six months after leaving university, and many more had taken manual jobs or roles in retail. What do Richard Branson, Alan Sugar, Philip Green, and Simon Cowell have in common?

2014 87

AT & T Seeking to Hire 10K Veterans and Military Family Members

Resume Bear

The positions will be primarily focused on retail, technician and customer service jobs and are a result of AT&T’s continued investment in Louisiana. ” AT&T jobs are among the best in the world and full- and part-time positions include competitive wages and benefits. AT&T * today announced that the company is seeking applicants to fill nearly 240 jobs in Louisiana, including more than 80 new jobs.