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I really need to get a job SOMEWHERE while I look for a full-time salaried position.
I'm thinking of retail, but I hear horror stories. What's a retail job you work(ed) that you actually like(d)?
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[User Picture]From: hipslikehell
2012-12-20 01:53 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: piglet_68
2012-12-20 01:56 am (UTC)

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Menards, but they are only in the midwest of the US. Treat the employees pretty well and pay good wages for retail -- better wages than anywhere else I've worked. The cashier position is good if you don't have a lot of hardware/home improvement knowledge.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-12-20 01:57 am (UTC)

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My first job was at Banana Republic quite a few years ago. At the time it was fine. I wouldn't want to work in retail again, but I only had one or two horror story worthy experiences there. Mostly it was fine and sometimes I miss the soothing repetition of folding women's shirts and the satisfaction of having something physical like a perfect looking pile of clothes to show for my work.

eta: it was an outlet. I feel like that's a lot more laid back than a full one, but I don't know for sure.

Edited at 2012-12-20 01:59 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: smokeswirls
2012-12-20 02:00 am (UTC)

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the soothing repetition of folding women's shirts and the satisfaction of having something physical like a perfect looking pile of clothes to show for my work.

This is exactly what I need right now. I've been through a lot this year, and I need to do something that will just get me out of the house and bring some money in while doing something easy and soothing.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-12-20 02:06 am (UTC)

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I really liked closing up the store. Customers definitely were not always soothing, but parents of kids I've watched have been way meaner than customers ever were. Retail definitely has its pluses and minuses just like any other job. It sounds like it would be a pretty good fit for what you want. Maybe you could find a desk job at a hotel or a local office or something? I don't know how easy those jobs are but they seem like parts of them might have similar aspects of repetition.

Edited at 2012-12-20 02:11 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-12-20 02:23 am (UTC)

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when my life was crazy and i was in college i worked at the library the 4pm - midnight shift. i remember how incredibly comforting and soothing it was for it to be so quiet, and shelving books where everything had its place, in order, never chaos. it was so nice to walk the floors and there was never an urgent deadline or emergency. it wasnt taxing by any means.
sounds right up your alley.
[User Picture]From: actpassive
2012-12-20 02:30 am (UTC)

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Yeah me too... I worked at a library in college and I always liked it.
[User Picture]From: smokeswirls
2012-12-20 02:44 am (UTC)

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I absolutely love books, so naturally I love bookstores and libraries.

My sister suggested I work at the local library, but I was telling her that I feared it might be too boring because it's too quiet. That's why I was more seriously considering work at a bookstore instead. But now that you described it the way you did, I really do think it sounds right up my alley.

Did it never get boring for you?
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2012-12-20 02:56 am (UTC)

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it was time to myself so sometimes id like to just think or mull over something. like keep the hands busy to free the mind kind of thing. but on the occasion i might get bored (or lonely) while i was shelving books i would just take my ipod with so i could listen to music or NPR.

but i enjoyed it and didnt get bored often.
[User Picture]From: gainingvelocity
2012-12-20 01:58 am (UTC)

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A lot of retail places are going to be trying to rid of employees after next week so I think that's going to be tough for you.

I've worked retail for over 11 years and my best retail job has been the one I have now. It's retail but I typically work 8-4/9-5 and it's at a country club type place so I only really deal with a mean "customer" once a year or less because everyone else knows me really well and likes me.
[User Picture]From: roasted_kiwi
2012-12-20 02:00 am (UTC)

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I work retail right now and I like my job a lot... but it's a very small business. As in, I am one of only two employees. :) The owners are really generous and friendly, and working there is more like being part of a family than anything.
[User Picture]From: sejin
2012-12-20 02:14 am (UTC)

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My job as an engraver wasn't bad, I basically worked by myself most of the time and it was easy. The company I worked for sucked, though.
[User Picture]From: luvlyssa
2012-12-20 03:48 am (UTC)

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Ditto this.
[User Picture]From: ghoulia
2012-12-20 02:18 am (UTC)

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i always waitressed as i looked for full-time positions
[User Picture]From: nynaeve_sedai
2012-12-20 02:25 am (UTC)

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Retail sucks, but what you hear is mostly people venting. I've worked Wal-Mart, Disney World, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Disney was probably my favorite, but...yeah unless you're in Orlando or in CA....

I preferred BB&B. For the most part it was a slow paced location because it has specialty items and they rarely do sales (so like the day after Thanksgiving would be busy, but not like maybe a department store). The key is setting decent expectations in your mind. It's just a job, not something deep and fulfilling. You will have people that treat you like crap. You will have at least one incompetent manager/co-worker that makes you *facepalm*, but if you take it in stride, it's not all bad. I say look for places that you like to shop and would benefit from an employee discount.

As long as you keep it in your head that it's a short term thing, it's easier to push through. The only thing worse than retail is working in food service (yup, did that too, and I would take retail any day of the week).

Plus, retail will give you LOTS of fodder for answering those interview questions. Problem solving. Personal relationships. That kind of thing. So think of it as a tool too :)
[User Picture]From: ducklings
2012-12-20 02:31 am (UTC)

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The bad customers are frustrating, but the nice, normal people far outweigh the rude people.

My first job was at Jo-Ann Fabrics and it was kind of fun to cut fabric for folks. I also enjoyed supervising the fitting room at a discount clothing retailer.
[User Picture]From: dustyshakleford
2012-12-20 03:10 am (UTC)

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The bad customers are frustrating, but the nice, normal people far outweigh the rude people.

This pretty much sums up my experience working in both retail and food service.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-12-20 02:33 am (UTC)

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Retail isn't so terrible if you know it's only temporary. I worked at Rite Aid and it wasn't awful.
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2012-12-20 02:39 am (UTC)

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I worked fast food before and it was awesome and then I moved into being a career cashier for a few years.. my favourite place was at a liquor store I loved stock day and my manager was amazing.
[User Picture]From: totesmasc
2012-12-20 03:04 am (UTC)

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i liked working in a book store. it was a nightmare during the christmas season, but it was a good job.
[User Picture]From: likegrecianart
2012-12-20 03:10 am (UTC)

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I currently work at a bookstore. People are rude and annoying and I hate selling membership cards, but otherwise it's a nice job. Not too stressful. I think work as a waitress would be worse.
[User Picture]From: bree
2012-12-20 03:48 am (UTC)

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I've had bad experiences at all the retail stores I've worked at. I mostly managed so that might be why.
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-12-20 03:53 am (UTC)

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I worked retail at a pet store and a clothing store. Hated the pet store, loved the clothing store. Least stressful job I've ever had.
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2012-12-20 11:47 am (UTC)

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I'm thinking about doing 1 day per week or something else minimal at the same clothing store, just for the discount...glad to hear it was not stressful. everyone always seems happy and friendly there, so I figured it wouldn't be awful...
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-12-20 01:16 pm (UTC)

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I was just chatting with my former manager the other day about how much I loved working there. Granted, that location was pretty low traffic, but I doubt there's much stress anywhere as long as you're only an associate and not a manager. And the discount is amazing!
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2012-12-20 11:00 pm (UTC)

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This one employee who was trying to convince me last year said they get free clothes sometimes too. which would be cool, since I had to buy a whole new wardrobe when I went down a size and I'm not looking forward to the next time it happens, cost-wise...though I am health-wise, obviously. ;)

It never seems crazy busy at mine, and it's a big store. and really close to home.
[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2012-12-21 02:46 am (UTC)

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We got free bras and panties whenever a new kind came out! It was pretty rare though - four times in the year and a half I worked there.
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2012-12-21 11:12 am (UTC)

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Hm, I wonder if they increased it or if that's just what she meant. Oh well, either way, not a bad thing. :)
[User Picture]From: madeofsequins
2012-12-20 04:14 am (UTC)

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I preferred food service (barista or waitressing) to retail.
[User Picture]From: smokeswirls
2012-12-20 04:36 am (UTC)

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Do you think it's possible for me to get a waitressing job with 0 waitressing experience? The only food service experience I have is hostessing.
[User Picture]From: madeofsequins
2012-12-20 04:45 am (UTC)

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I think it's possible. When I worked as a waitress, I was hired with no waiting experience, just working as a barista.
[User Picture]From: running_jumping
2012-12-20 04:32 am (UTC)

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I've worked a ton of retail, and I don't recommend it, namely because they overwork and underpay. Something with tips (food service) is more lucrative (and fun.)
[User Picture]From: givinguponyou
2012-12-20 04:54 am (UTC)

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I enjoyed working at old navy. I also enjoyed being a waitress. My first waitress job I started as a hostess and then took on some waitress shifts.
[User Picture]From: xtoolchickx
2012-12-20 05:05 am (UTC)

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I worked at LUSH and it was alright. I'm sure there are far worse retail places out there.
[User Picture]From: manderleys
2012-12-20 02:20 pm (UTC)

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did you need any kind of background in cosmetics etc to work at lush?
[User Picture]From: sugarbob46
2012-12-20 05:25 am (UTC)

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i much preferred food service to retail. i worked at a sears for a little while and despised it. i worked at a dunkin donuts for three years and i loved it. if they were willing to pay me a little more i would still be working there.
[User Picture]From: blacksapphires
2012-12-20 05:31 am (UTC)

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I loved Best Buy. My store was great, and the co-workers were great and so that really helped. The job had its sucky customers and days (such as having to work stupidly long hours for holidays) but overall I really liked it and it paid well. My only real complaint was that I had to leave due to a policy change on the corporate level DX.

I work at a hallmark store of sorts now and it's pretty nice too.
[User Picture]From: rissa_rose
2012-12-20 06:42 am (UTC)

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The Disney Store. I can't stand retail and I definitely don't want a career in it (it's far too physically demanding and mentally draining), but I can truly say that I love my job at the Disney Store. It is so. much. fun. We get to run events (story time, animation classes, trivia challenges, games, etc.) every so often, we have a super awesome opening ceremony every morning which is so much fun to do, we get to think up fun and creative ways to interact with our Guests and make magical moments for them, the company treats us great, etc.

I'm going to be absolutely devastated leaving my Store next month for an internship down at Walt Disney World. I'm sure I'll have my own fun down there, but there's something really special about the Disney Store and the incredible Cast Members working there. I'd highly recommend it as a job to anyone... though reaching a full-time salaried position might take some time.
[User Picture]From: fuhni
2012-12-20 09:39 am (UTC)

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The most important thing for me is that I get along with my co-workers and that the boss is not a complete nutcase.

Customers can be rude and stressful, because usually you're the one at fault for anything that bothers them, a lot of times I have felt like people forgot all their manners at the front door and suddenly think it's okay again to behave like stubborn chlidren or worse.
But I find that I can deal with that very well if at least the co-workers are okay, so you can occasionally blow off some steam and you support each other during stressful times.
[User Picture]From: x_quotethis_x
2012-12-20 10:20 am (UTC)

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I work at a supermarket. It's a good job, there's lots of fun people working there, the work is monotonous if you want it to be, most of the customers aren't too bad. I don't really like being on a till but if you don't want to think too much that's a good thing to do. I'm a supervisor so I can pretty much choose what I want to do so if I'm feeling lazy I'll just work on a till but if I'm bored I'll do other jobs.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-12-20 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Like many said, interestingly, I actually enjoyed the work quite a bit!

The horror story parts for me were:

--it is easy to find yourself "trapped". As I said, I loved the work itself. I ended up managing a big branch in a major city. Lucrative multi-million dollar contracts with elite universities and hospitals and so on, running major celebrity events several times a week, and more. It certainly ended up turning into a "real" job and an exciting one to boot. But still not where I expected to find myself ten years later...

--The thing I always hated is the hours are hell. I think they are especially bad for my personality--I'm not a night owl so frequent late nights were not appealing, and I'm super social so having to work most weekends sucked, especially because it ended up lasting so long. For certain people they might be a better fit or at least not such a big deal. But that is why I quit and I now freelance, which I'm doing well with, and it is the epitome of flexible hours. Yay!
[User Picture]From: manderleys
2012-12-20 02:19 pm (UTC)

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I worked at CVS for like two years and it was pretty decent... some rude customers but overall it wasn't bad. the register is pretty easy and sometimes the managers would have us restock/organize shelves, i'm in your boat now though because i'm applying for retail jobs too! :o
[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2012-12-20 03:32 pm (UTC)

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The Channel 9 Store. Here, Channel 9 is PBS, and they had a retail outlet where they sold videos and other ancillary stuff that went with PBS programming. It was fun every day, we got to play critter shows on the big TV and I made out like a bandit with the employee discount -- got some Red Dwarfs and Monty Python videos, although they're on VHS. Security on the place was pretty lax, though -- shoplifters cleaned that place out, so they closed it. Drag ..
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-12-20 03:50 pm (UTC)

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None.

But then again, other than my work study job at my school's library, the only two jobs I've had have been retail (McDonald's and a grocery store cashier. Still a grocery store cashier). It's not like I've really gotten to expand and try different kinds of retail or something.