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Working As A Fine Jewelry Associate

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $81,258

    Average Salary

What Does A Fine Jewelry Associate Do

Retail sales workers include both those who sell retail merchandise, such as clothing, furniture, and cars, (called retail salespersons) and those who sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts (called parts salespersons). Both types of workers help customers find the products they want and process customers’ payments.

Duties

Retail sales workers typically do the following:

  • Greet customers and offer them assistance
  • Recommend merchandise based on customers’ wants and needs
  • Explain the use and benefit of merchandise to customers
  • Answer customers’ questions
  • Show how merchandise works, if applicable
  • Add up customers’ total purchases and accept payment
  • Inform customers about current sales, promotions, and policies about payments and exchanges

The following are examples of types of retail sales workers:

Retail salespersons work in stores where they sell goods, such as books, cars, clothing, cosmetics, electronics, furniture, lumber, plants, shoes, and many other types of merchandise.

In addition to helping customers find and select items to buy, many retail salespersons process the payment for the sale, which typically involves operating cash registers.

After taking payment for the purchases, retail salespersons may bag or package the purchases.

Depending on the hours they work, retail salespersons may have to open or close cash registers. This includes counting the money in the register and separating charge slips, coupons, and exchange vouchers. They may also make deposits at a cash office.

For information about other workers who receive and disburse money, see the profile on cashiers.

In addition, retail salespersons may help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays.

For some retail sales jobs, particularly those involving expensive and complex items, retail sales workers need special knowledge or skills. For example, those who sell cars must be able to explain the features of various models, manufacturers’ specifications, different types of options on the car, financing available, and the details of associated warranties.

In addition, retail sales workers must recognize security risks and thefts and understand their organization’s procedures for handling thefts—procedures that may include notifying security guards or calling police.

Parts salespersons sell spare and replacement parts and equipment, especially car parts. Most work in either automotive parts stores or automobile dealerships. They take customers’ orders, inform customers of part availability and price, and take inventory.

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How To Become A Fine Jewelry Associate

Typically, there are no formal education requirements for retail sales workers. Most receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months.

Education

Although retail or parts sales positions usually have no formal education requirements, some employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent, especially employers who sell technical products or “big-ticket” items, such as electronics or cars.

Training

Most retail sales workers receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts a few days to a few months. In small stores, an experienced employee often trains newly hired workers. In large stores, training programs are more formal and usually conducted over several days.

During training sessions, topics often include customer service, security, the store’s policies and procedures, and how to operate the cash register.

Depending on the type of product they are selling, employees may be given additional specialized training. For example, salespersons working in cosmetics get instruction on the types of products the store offers and for whom the cosmetics would be most beneficial. Likewise, those who sell computers may be instructed on the technical differences between computer products.

Because providing exceptional service to customers is a priority for many employers, employees often get periodic training to update and refine their skills.

Advancement

Retail sales workers typically have opportunities to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Some employers want candidates for managerial positions to have a college degree.

As sales workers gain experience and seniority, they often move into positions that have greater responsibility and may be given their choice of departments in which to work. This opportunity often means moving to positions with higher potential earnings and commissions. The highest earnings potential usually involves selling “big-ticket” items—such as cars, jewelry, furniture, and electronics. These positions often require workers with extensive knowledge of the product and an excellent talent for persuasion.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Retail sales workers must be responsive to the wants and needs of customers. They should explain the product options available to customers and make appropriate recommendations.

Interpersonal skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is important for these workers because the job requires almost constant interaction with people. 

Math skills. Retail sales workers must have the ability to calculate price totals, discounts, and change owed to customers.

Persistence. A large number of attempted sales may not be successful, so sales workers should not be discouraged easily. They must start each new sales attempt with a positive attitude.

Selling skills. Retail sales workers must be persuasive when interacting with customers. They must clearly and effectively explain the benefits of the merchandise.

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Fine Jewelry Associate Career Paths

Fine Jewelry Associate
Sales Specialist Regional Sales Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Department Manager Office Manager Controller
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Lead Merchandising Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Specialist Sales Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Lead Merchandising Supervisor Merchandising Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Sales Consultant Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Teller Office Manager Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Store Manager District Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Store Manager General Manager Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Jewelry Consultant Office Administrator Human Resources Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Store Manager District Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Teller Personal Banker Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Department Manager Store Manager Account Executive
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Consultant Senior Sales Representative Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Jewelry Consultant Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Person General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Manager Sales Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Fine Jewelry Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

81.0%

Male

17.1%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

Estonian

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Russian

8.3%

Hmong

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Fine Jewelry Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Bristol Community College

8.5%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.4%

Eastern Michigan University

4.3%

University of Florida

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

ECPI University

4.3%

University of Memphis

4.3%

Gadsden State Community College

4.3%

Central State University

4.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

College of Charleston

4.3%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.3%

San Juan College

4.3%

Kent State University

4.3%

Monroe Community College

4.3%

Macomb Community College

4.3%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

4.3%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Communication

6.0%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Psychology

6.0%

Cosmetology

4.7%

Management

4.7%

Biology

4.7%

Social Work

4.0%

Marketing

4.0%

Education

3.3%

English

3.3%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

General Studies

2.7%

Political Science

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Human Development

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.1%

Other

30.8%

Associate

12.7%

Masters

7.6%

Certificate

6.8%

Diploma

2.5%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

1.3%
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Top Skills for A Fine Jewelry Associate

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  1. Customer Service
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Jewelry Sales
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Check in and replenish new merchandise inside caselines Process all department SIT, BIT, RTV damages and transfers.
  • Assisted customers with fine jewelry sales and questions, and performed jewelry and watch repairs.
  • Developed highly empathetic client relationships and earned reputation for exceeding sales goals.
  • Shared product knowledge with customers while making personal recommendations.

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