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Sample Resume for a Retail Manager

Sample Resume for a Retail Manager

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27 Legacy Rd. #44 | Sometown, CA 94022 | (555) 555-5555 | 



Store Manager of the Year (Southern CA), ABC Stores, 2008

#1 in Sales (Southern CA),  ABC Stores, 2008

Pinnacle Award (for loss prevention excellence), ABC Stores, 2006

Service Excellence Award (#1 customer satisfaction in district), XYZ Corp., 2003

Department Manager of the Quarter, XYZ Corp., 1999 and 2001






“May is clearly one of the district’s stand-out managers…my go-to trainer for new managers…excels in motivating associates… surpassed sales targets for our new Long Beach store from day one… delivered the region’s lowest shrink for the past two years running…”
Greg Mardell
District Manager
ABC Stores, Inc.
(Excepts from 2010 Performance Review)


“...May’s success in providing turnaround and change-agent leadership has been exceptional...excellent leadership innovative problem-solver…understands how to drive bottom-line results...her commitment to our company and our customers is truly inspirational...” 
Ray Fisk, District Manager, XYZ Corp.  (Excerpts from 2003 Performance Reviews)

















Award-Winning Retail Manager

  • Big box-experienced store manager whose 15-year career with Fortune 500 retailers has been distinguished by accelerated advancement, awards (including being named ABC Stores' Southern CA "Store Manager of the Year" in 2007) and goal-surpassing performance-to-plan.
  • Successful in both startup and turnaround management roles -- have propelled multiple stores to #1 in sales and customer satisfaction district-wide while simultaneously lowering shrink and staff turnover to all-time lows.
  • Comprehensive background leading all aspects of retail operations (e.g., P&L, merchandising, sales, customer service, inventory, personnel and payroll management) reinforced by bilingual fluency in Spanish and extensive retail management training.

  • Retail Store Operations
  • P&L Management
  • Budgeting & Cost Controls
  • Shrink Reduction/Loss Control
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Teambuilding/Training/Supervision
  • Inventory Management
  • Merchandising Strategies


ABC STORES, INC. -- Long Beach/Los Angeles, CA
Leading discount retailer in the U.S., ranked #2 on the Fortune 500.

Store Manager, 2006 to present
Assistant Store Manager, 2004 to 2006

Promoted to oversee startup and daily operations for new ABC Stores Supercenter in Long Beach following superior-rated performance as assistant manager in the #1-ranked store in Los Angeles. Manage a $38M, 200-employee, big-box location; direct all departments (hard lines, soft lines and grocery/perishable lines); enforce sound merchandising and loss control strategies; execute corporate programs, promotions and policies; and drive optimal customer satisfaction, associate productivity and P&L results.

Key Results:

  • Led startup and grand opening of new Supercenter. Exceeded sales and profit goals by up to 8% and 12%, respectively, from first year of opening and in each ensuing year.
  • Elevated Long Beach store to #1 in sales (2008) out of 58 locations in region, setting new area Supercenter year-end sales record of $38M.
  • Tied for first place among 58 stores for lowest shrink in region in 2008 and earned #1 ranking in this category among 50 stores in 2007.
  • Launched award-winning loss prevention programs that proved so successful in deterring theft that they were adopted company-wide.
  • Awarded "Store Manager of the Year" (2008) for Southern CA region as a result of superior sales, profit and customer satisfaction results.
  • Excelled in building and motivating management and hourly teams. Developed many entry-level associates to leadership positions and quickly became one of the primary trainers of new store managers across the district.
  • Recognized for key role in elevating Los Angeles store to achieve #1 sales ranking (out of 22 locations) district-wide in 2006.

XYZ CORPORATION -- Compton/Burbank/Inglewood, CA
The nation’s #2 discount chain, ranked #28 on the Fortune 500.

Store Manager, (Compton), 2003
Assistant Store Manager, (Burbank / Inglewood), 2001 to 2003
Department Manager, (Housewares/Electronics, Inglewood), 1998 to 2001

Advanced through promotions to become store manager of $27M location with 150+ employees. Provided strategic, operational and fiscal leadership and maintained national presentation/service standards in all assigned locations.

Key Results:

  • Propelled a near worst-to-first turnaround of East LA (Compton) store, transforming one of the district’s lowest ranked stores (#15 out of 17 in sales with the highest shrink in region) to #2 in sales, #1 in customer satisfaction and third-lowest in shrink.
  • Assisted Burbank store manager in driving single-year sales growth of 22% (setting a new record company-wide) to achieve #1 district sales in 2002.
  • Reversed Inglewood store’s downward spiral by overhauling systems, processes, training programs and personnel. Corrected issues such as internal theft, lagging customer service and poor morale.
  • Earned four-time honors as "Department Manager of the Quarter," resulting in promotion to assistant store manager.

LUXURY, INC -- Menlo Park, CA
Fortune 100 retailer of designer fashions and luxury goods.

Store Manager Trainee, 1998
Assistant Department Manager, (Women’s Wear, Housewares), 1996 to 1998
Sales Associate, (Various Departments), 1994 to 1995 (concurrent with college)

Recognized as one of store’s “rising stars” (elevating sales, margins, staff retention and customer satisfaction by as much 45%), resulting in selection to complete Luxury’s renowned store manager trainee program.


Major in Business, 1993 to 1995
Retail Management Training: Completed 24-week management training program at Luxury (1998) as well as professional development courses throughout XYZ and ABC employment (1998 to present). Highlights of topics covered.

  • Store Operations Management
  • Grocery Operations Management
  • Inventory & Loss Control
  • P&L Statements
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Merchandising & Plan-O-Grams
  • Scheduling & Payroll Management


Computers: MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); POS & Inventory Systems
Foreign Language: Fluent in Spanish 

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