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Old 06-28-2012, 02:36 PM
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Default Suggestions-Entry Level Management?

After accepting cashiering and sales jobs the last few years I realize it's dumb being a worker bee when I'm older and more experienced than everybody else.
The last pharmacy I worked at the customers assumed I was the manager above everyone else...jeez worked hard enough for it.

Can somebody give me tips on how to snag an entry level management if not better position in retail??? Know it doesn't take a rocket scientist. One problem is my age. It's a plus because ya have a few decades of experience.

A minus because alot of places didn't keep computer employee histories back in the day. If your work history was documented in paper files, after five, ten years they don't exist anymore, companies close, people retire.

I don't have another twenty or thirty years to start at the beginning. I can look mature, professional and self-confident, I can work hard, get people to listen to me and make customers happy, now how do I get in the door???
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:51 PM
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That is a very tough question. If you have experience in the industry and are looking for a break or someone to put their trust in you then be honest. This will be your selling point that you have the drive, the skills and the passion to succeed in retail management.

Apart from selling yourself on that point just apply for as many entry level management jobs as you can. The worst thing that can happen is they say no and you're no worse off than you are now. So jump in and take a chance!
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:46 PM
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Thank you for the wisdom...another hurdle is the world of computerized applications. You want to deal with PEOPLE, not put your resume online to the different sites and hope it flys to the right virtual employee search filter...if I can up to an interview in person I can get a job.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:58 PM
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Do you have any management experience at all? If not, most places will not cold hire you to manage. Your best bet is to get a job someplace you enjoy working, and then work your way up, especially in this economy where there are unemployed people that do have experience.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:53 PM
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I have management experience, at a market research company that went under in 2006. First manager who hired me was let go for skimming funds. The next one went back to Knoxville. The third is in a retirement home on Long Island. The workers all vanished to points unknown. So seven years of arranging focus groups and meeting idiot deadlines with nothing to show for it...they don't even do marketing studies like that any more... discouraging.
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