Below you’ll find a retail sales associate resume sample, which a sales associate sales description will usually ask you to submit when you apply for the position. But first, here are some tips to get you started:
- Keep it to one page.
- Overview/Objective: This part can either be a 1-2 sentence summary of yourself, or a sales associate resume objective. Personally, I find that an objective is dull and they all tend to be the same, so I suggest summarizing yourself. Tell them straight up why they want to hire you. Highlight your biggest personality and professional strengths and exactly why they should hire you.
- Skills: Simple bullet points of what you’ve learned in past jobs, and try to cover each part of the sales associate duties. If you don’t have any experience, don’t fret. List any relevant skills you may have, and also point out that you are a quick learner and will easily pick up any necessary skills during training.
- Employment Experience: Your job history with 1-2 tasks you did for each place of employment – or if you have any notable achievements for a job, list those instead. If you’ve never had any previous jobs, don’t worry about this section. List some extracurriculars such as community activities, volunteer work, academic achievements, or odd jobs you’ve taken. If you can, explain how these relate to the job you’re applying for and how your experience or performance in these activities will benefit your ability to perform.
- Personal (optional): Here’s a good place to list a few points about you, so the person reading it can know a little about you as a person. It’s also where you can stand out from all the other applicants. Check out a few in the sales associate resume examples below.
- References: You don’t have to include your actual references on the resume itself. If you’re considered for the next step in the hiring pipeline, that’s when they’ll ask you for them, if at all.
I want to emphasize that if this will be your first job, do not worry. This is an entry level position and many, many people are in the same boat. Everyone who’s working had a first job and a first resume, and many got their start where you are about to. You’re applying for a sales position, so sell yourself! Highlight all of your strengths, be concise, and convince them to hire you.
Without further ado, here is the retail sales associate resume sample: