Retail Resumes

Retail Resumes

Retailers typically wear many hats. Many retailing professionals are generalists, and their skills and experience can easily transfer into many different career options -- both in and out of retail.

Skills That Will Get You Noticed

A retailer often performs many transferable functions. Some of these are career fields in themselves; others play major roles in different careers. These include:

  • Administrative functions
  • Advertising
  • Budgeting
  • Buying
  • Customer service
  • Design
  • Display
  • Hiring/firing
  • Information technology
  • Merchandising
  • Planning
  • Public relations
  • Receiving
  • Scheduling
  • Selling
  • Shipping
  • Stock work
  • Store management
  • Supervising
  • Training

The key is to pinpoint the desirable skills for your target job, and then craft a resume that will market you for that new job.

Shaping Your Resume

Once you know the kind of job you want, you need to customize your resume to sell yourself to the employer.

Not all resumes look alike. Functional resumes emphasize what you can do rather than what positions you have held. Choose this type if you're changing from sales clerk to buyer, for example, because this format shows off your transferable skills better and takes the focus off your old job titles. Chronological resumes summarize your work experience year by year. These are good if you're staying in the same field, especially if you've been upwardly mobile. You can also use a combination of functional and chronological resumes.

Action verbs give your resume power and direction. Try to begin all statements with an action verb. Here are good ones for various retail skills:


  • Administered
  • Improved
  • Coordinated
  • Analyzed
  • Evaluated
  • Directed
  • Developed
  • Supervised


  • Calculated
  • Designed
  • Programmed


  • Catalogued
  • Generated
  • Organized
  • Processed
  • Systemized


  • Conceptualized
  • Created
  • Designed
  • Established
  • Fashioned
  • Invented


  • Analyzed
  • Balanced
  • Budgeted
  • Forecasted
  • Marketed
  • Planned
  • Projected


  • Assessed
  • Coached
  • Diagnosed
  • Facilitated
  • Persuaded
  • Represented


  • Evaluated
  • Identified
  • Organized

"Remove everything that starts with 'responsibilities included' in your resume," says Yana Parker, author of The Damn Good Resume Guide. "Replace that with on-the-job accomplishments."

Here's one good way to do this: Fill your resume with "PAR" statements. PAR stands for Problem-Action-Result. Here's how it works:

  • State the problem that existed in your workplace.
  • Describe what you did about it.
  • Specify the beneficial results.

Here's an example: 'Increased lagging department sales 17 percent to 23 percent each quarter in one year by redesigning displays, improving advertising and enhancing customer service.'"

Resumes are your way of advertising yourself to potential employers. Make sure that your impression is a positive one. Resumes are designed to capture a potential employer's interest, so they will want to interview you. A good resume helps the employer predict how well you might perform in your desired future job, and how well you may fit within the company's style and philosophy.

Learn more about retail careers.

Latest Jobs

Genzyme Corporation
Posted: 05/28/2015
Lynnwood, WA
Genzyme Corporation
Posted: 05/28/2015
Framingham, MA
Volt Workforce Solutions
Posted: 05/28/2015
Hawthorne, CA
Volt Workforce Solutions
Posted: 05/28/2015
Roseville, CA
Volt Workforce Solutions
Posted: 05/28/2015
Santa Ana, CA

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
Create and connect.
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.


100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2015 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2015.8.0.34-313