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Become A Sales Associate In New York, NY

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Working As A Sales Associate In New York, NY

  • 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

  • $98,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sales Associate Do

A sales associate is responsible for the exchange of a product or commodity for a price. Sales associates are typically selling the goods or services, and are measured with the amount of revenue or sales in a given period of time.

How To Become A Sales 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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Real Sales Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Oct 15, 2011 $350,000
Vice President/Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $325,000
Vice President/Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Nov 15, 2014 $300,000
Vice President/Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $285,500
Vice President/Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs &Amp; Co. New York, NY Sep 12, 2016 $285,500
Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Sep 30, 2011 $275,000
Intermediate Sales Associate J. Aron & Company New York, NY Feb 13, 2012 $275,000
Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY May 01, 2010 $250,000
Vice President/Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $250,000
Intermediate Sales Associate Goldman, Sachs & Co. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $250,000

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Top Skills for A Sales Associate

OutstandingCustomerServiceNewMerchandiseSalesFloorMonthlySalesGoalsSolidProductKnowledgeCustomerServiceSkillsPOSCommunicationSkillsPhoneCallsGreetingCustomersLossPreventionCustomerRelationsCurrentSalesSpecialOrdersInventoryControlStockShelvesStockRoomCreditPaymentSalesPricesSecurityPractices

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Top Sales Associate Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Sales Floor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided outstanding customer service by offering product knowledge and customer care.
  • Processed new merchandise to place on sales floor.
  • Process and replenish shipment on sales floor.
  • Joined the Origins counter and helped exceed monthly sales goals yielding a 25% increase in sales.
  • Maintained solid product knowledge of all other aspects of customer service, maintained an awareness of all promotions and advertisements.

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