Retail Jobs

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The best attribute of retail jobs is their universality. No matter where in the country you live, what the economy has brewing, and what your particular expertise may be, there are always retail jobs available, though their numbers may certainly fluctuate. Even when the markets are in the doldrums, however, individuals and families continue to buy, whether it's durable goods such as cars and houses or nondurables like food and water.

Obviously, in tough times, it's the durables that are eliminated first, as families tend to their most basic needs and hold back on extravagant purchases. It's helpful to remember, though, that when times are tough for some, they're still prosperous for others. One overused example of this is the liquor and tobacco business. Check any past economic report and you'll invariably find that low wages and lack of jobs mean increased consumption of beer, wine, liquor, and cigarettes, which is understandable.

Shifting Retail Jobs

The lesson then is that retail jobs are rarely eliminated, just shifted from one sector to another. If you do even a modicum of research as to what people are consuming, you can tailor your job search accordingly. Maybe you live in an area with a booming real estate market. If you can't find manufacturing jobs or sales jobs in the housing business, you might consider the world of retail furniture and accessories. After all, if folks are buying houses, chances are they'll need to furnish them.

In another scenario, you live in a college town with a migratory population of students. You know that while many of them will bring computers with them to school, a good many more will end up buying their machines on or around campus. You might then consider retail jobs at computer shops or software stores. If that fails, you can bank on retail positions at campus book stores as a fall back.


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