I thought that this period of unemployment would be a great chance to experiment with different career avenues. Right out of college I had a part time job doing retail sales at a higher end clothing store. I actually enjoyed it, except for being on my feet so many hours. I have a bit of arthritis in one foot which is aggravated by long periods of standing. But I figured this may be the chance to try it out again. Now that I have some management experience under my belt, perhaps I could be a retail store manager. So begins my investigation of the retail sales world.

I applied to several stores. The ones which I thought would be most promising didn’t work out. Isn’t that the way with a lot of things! I really wanted an Assistant Manager job at one children’s clothing at which I shopped quite often. They didn’t ever call me back. I did get offered jobs at three different stores. I ended up taking two of them. Neither one was an assistant manager job though. I still have hopes that I will be able to learn enough to get promoted quickly.

Applying and being interviewed at these places has been a learning experience in itself. When I was hired for my one and only past retail job I was interviewed alone. This time, since I was applying during the holidays, I was interviewed with others in a group. It was very interesting to me to see the diverse group of candidates. Some of those in my group who I thought would not get hired did! And I discovered I was not as prepared as I thought I would be.

Will I be able to stick it out? Will I get promoted? Will this turn out to be a giant mistake? We shall see…

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