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Working As A Seasonal 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

  • $21,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Seasonal 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 Seasonal 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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Seasonal Associate Career Paths

Seasonal Associate
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Delivery Driver Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Associate Retailer Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Associate Retailer Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Security Officer Account Manager
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Call Center Representative Account Manager Sales Manager
General Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Call Center Representative Service Representative Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Property Manager District Manager
Market Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Delivery Driver Account Manager
National Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Account Executive
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Manager Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Merchandiser Account Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Specialist Account Manager
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sales Clerk 2.0 years
Sales Assoc 1.6 years
Team Associate 1.5 years
Floor Associate 1.4 years
Store Associate 1.4 years
Associate Retailer 1.4 years
Seasonal Helper 1.0 years
Seasonal Associate 1.0 years
Apparel Associate 1.0 years
Seasonal Cashier 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 13.8%
Internship 7.6%
Associate 6.9%
Volunteer 5.5%
Teller 3.7%
Hostess 3.1%
Server 3.1%
Waitress 2.1%
Barista 2.0%
Manager 1.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 14.1%
Associate 9.0%
Internship 5.6%
Server 5.4%
Volunteer 3.3%
Teller 3.0%
Manager 2.4%
Hostess 2.1%

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Seasonal Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

60.5%

Male

37.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.0%

French

11.9%

German

4.6%

Hindi

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Japanese

2.8%

Turkish

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Mandarin

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Malay

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Batak

0.9%

Sundanese

0.9%

Khmer

0.9%
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Seasonal Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Georgia State University

6.3%

Modesto Junior College

6.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.6%

Temple University

4.8%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.8%

Florida State University

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

University of Memphis

4.8%

Liberty University

4.8%

Long Beach City College

4.8%

Ithaca College

4.0%

Boise State University

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Tarrant County College District

4.0%

Broward College

4.0%

The Community College of Baltimore County

4.0%

University of Southern Maine

3.2%
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Majors

Business

20.2%

Psychology

8.0%

Communication

7.8%

Nursing

6.2%

General Studies

5.6%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Accounting

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.5%

Medical Assisting Services

4.0%

Biology

3.9%

Marketing

3.9%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

English

3.2%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Education

2.5%

Photography

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Other

32.4%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

5.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.8%
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Top Skills for A Seasonal Associate

CustomerServiceSkillsNewMerchandiseStoreDisplaysSalesFloorSortPOSUnloadTrucksProductKnowledgeCustomerOrdersCustomerSatisfactionCustomerQuestionsSalesGoalsLossPreventionStockRoomOnlineOrdersPhoneCallsInventoryControlRFPalletJackHighVolume

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  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Store Displays
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills steering shoppers to beneficial purchases.
  • Receive new merchandise, unpack and put away in back room.
  • Job duties include cashiering, organization of store wall, customer service, processing holds/returns, and building store displays.
  • Provided much-needed relief during the busy holiday season on the sales floor and cash register.
  • Received, sorted, and verified items according to order during record holiday season

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