Are you looking for a post in the retail sector and feel that your current CV/resume needs updating to reflect the change of career?

Our entry into retail CV can provide a great template for someone who is looking for a job in retail.

entry-into-retail-cv-resume-at-the-personal-development-cafeBefore you start constructing your entry into retail CV, the best thing to do is to get a sample vacancy for the type of job you would like to get.

Read and analyse the advertisement carefully then make a list of the skills and qualities that you need to demonstrate in order to impress a potential employer. Now take that list and address as many points as you can to add to your entry into retail CV.

Remember many of the skills that employers ask for are general; for example team building.  What is vital is that you show clearly that you have the skills or are prepared to learn them.

The sample CV below demonstrates a solid background in administration, highlights transferable skills; however the personal profile clearly indicates that the writer now wishes to pursue a career in retail .

Sample Entry into Retail CV / resume


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Anna Bodi

A logical and organised Administrative Assistant who is reliable, responsible, used to working in a fast paced environment and working with a variety of different client groups. Has wide ranging experience and knowledge in customer first skills, organisational skills, communication skills, particularly the ability to exercise initiative and perseverance to achieve results. Currently seeking a role in the Retail industry to further advance her skills and to broaden her experience in this field.
Key Skills:
  • Art & Design skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • General computer skills (Word, Excel, Basic PowerPoint)
  • Organisational skills
Employment Summary:
Senior Administration Assistant 
2003 – 2007
Anytown Training
  • Accurately created client files ensuring that all relevant paperwork and documents where accounted for at all times.
  • Successfully monitored and maintained client files on a daily basis.
  • Ensured that all client documents and paperwork where maintained and stored in a safe and confidential way at all times.
  • Regularly carried out general admin duties such as photocopying of client documents, data inputting and running errands for the senior partners.
Admin Assistant 
2002 – 2003
Anytown Assurance
  • Composed weekly mail merges and sent to relevant client group as and when required.
  • Processed mail shot content on a weekly basis ensuring that all procedures have been carried out accurately and professionally at all times.
  • Accurately created client files ensuring that all relevant paperwork and documents where accounted for at all times.
  • Verified, confirmed and implemented new information into client files on a regular basis.
  • Daily answering of telephones in a professional and polite manner at all times.
Seminar Coordinator     
Anytown Conferences
  • Dealt with all seating arrangements during seminars.
  • Ensured that all clients were greeted as and when they arrived to the event in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Escorting clients to their relevant seats and tables.
  • Successfully carried out general coordinating tasks that would arise on an ad hoc basis.
Backstage Organiser   
The Best Fashion Designers
  •  Successfully sorted and organised garments on behalf of all the models who were participating in the fashion show.
  •  Prepared and laid out canapes and drinks for up to 200 guests attending the show.
  • Served champagne to clients throughout the show.
Relevant Qualifications:
Anytown Metropolitan College GNVQ Arts & Design (Merit/distinction)  2006
Anytown Secondary School Achieved 5 GCSE  passes at Grade A – C 1997 – 2001
Photography: really enjoy taking photos of modern art and portraits
Fashion make up: designing and applying own styles of make – up
Women’s fashion: Designing own outfits during spare time

References are available on request

Before you send out your Retail CV/resume, you should make sure you have an effective cover letter.

Go to our sample CV cover letters section if you are looking for great example cover letters in your field to introduce your CV/resume to a prospective employer.

Once you have constructed a great CV and a covering letter that will impress, upload your CV / resume online and get found by recruiters looking for your skills.  Then you can search for jobs in your country and overseas, find the latest vacancies and start applying instantly.

Whatever your profession go to our sample CV / resumes by job title page where you can find free examples of:

Sample Chronological CV / resume

Sample Functional CV / resume

Sample Targeted CV / resume

Sample Administrative Assistant CV / resume

Sample Change of Career CV / resume

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