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June 16, 2011 7:42 PM   Subscribe

What retail skills translate to other industries?

(Anonymous because I don't want anyone to know I'm trying my ass off to leave)

I'm a retail manager, and I am massively burned out on retail management. I have been in my current situation for a year and a half now, and I have a college degree as well. Even given the current state of the economy, I'm sure I could be useful somewhere... But where?

My background is mostly other retail (store management, customer service, sales, visual merchandising, etc), and my employer kind of has a crap reputation as a retailer, so I'm very worried about how my resume might be percieved by another type of business looking at me. The reason for my burnout is simple... I have about 40 hours of straight management duties per week, that only I as the store manager can do, but most of the time, we have single coverage in the store, so I have to fit all that in, plus daily shipments, plus customer service. It's easily a 70 hour workweek we have to fit into less than 50. It's insane, and I just can't keep it up. But, I have to eat somehow, since I have no SO to nake a plan with, and sadly, the cats are only three and four, so they can't work for a few years yet.

So, basically, with a retail background, where else can I go?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Good management skills actually translate to just about anywhere, and can matter more than expertise in the subject matter of those you manage. The problem you'll have, you usually need some relevant degree in your target field in order to even get in the door.

Consider, however, that in retail, your experience likely involves getting kids that don't give a damn to show up and do their jobs; In a professional environment, people will tend to do at least that much by default (and usually expect some flexibility in when they show up, so don't go all timeclock-Nazi unless they really abuse it), and your role will involve more of a project-oriented focus and keeping upper management off your guys' backs.

If willing to go back to school, a degree in accounting or project management would go a long way to getting you in at most companies.
posted by pla at 8:19 PM on June 16, 2011

Logistics. Stocktaking. Loss prevention. ECR & POS sales.
posted by DarlingBri at 10:16 PM on June 16, 2011

People skills will get you a massively huge distance in this life. Don't underestimate them.
posted by Solomon at 11:53 PM on June 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Customer service - dealing with cranky customers.
People management - dealing with a diverse group of employees.

Make sure that you tailor your resume to fit the job you're applying for.
posted by radioamy at 5:20 AM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

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