You’ve always been interested in merchandising, but you’re not sure how to get your foot in the door. You might have experience in retail or other industries, but you want to make sure you’re applying for jobs that are a good fit for your skillset.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to land your dream job as a merchandiser: from preparing for interviews and writing cover letters to researching companies and practicing answering questions during an interview.
There are tons of different resume templates out there, but I recommend using a clean and simple one. The best ones are easy to read, they have a clear layout that is easy to edit and print, and they can be done in black or white (which makes them good for any color printer).
A good example is the Resume Template created by Wordstream.
To begin, you should write a cover letter. Your cover letter is the first thing employers will see when they open your application and it’s what stands out to them as they scan through the stack of applications on their desk.
To be successful in this position, you must show how strongly you’re interested in this role at this company and why you’ll be an asset to its success.
The best way to show that is by taking time before applying for a job or internship with any company (not just merchandising) to research its history, mission statement, products/services offered and customers served by those products/services.
Look up some interesting facts about the company — like whether it has won any awards for its innovative approach to merchandising strategy or has been featured in local news articles about its success.
So that when it comes time for your interview or phone call with HR staff members (if there are any), they can see from your enthusiasm that you’ve done some homework on their organization before applying!
Before you step into the interview, do your research. Know the company and its history, as well as its current products and services. This will give you an edge in answering interview questions about how you would fit in at this company.
Prepare a resume that highlights relevant experience from previous jobs, including any special projects or awards that might apply to the position for which you are applying.
Dress professionally for your interview with clothing appropriate for work in your industry (for example, if you’re interviewing for a position in retail merchandising at Nordstrom or Macy’s, dress business casual).
Make sure everything is clean; there’s nothing worse than being turned off by someone who looks like they haven’t showered in days!
Practice interviewing with friends or family members until they can give feedback on how well they think you did this will help tremendously when it comes time to actually sit down with HR representatives and answer their questions confidently but not cockily
Research Retail Companies
- Research the company’s website.
- Check out their job openings and search for similar positions in other companies.
- Research their competitors and see if you can find any information about how they’re doing business or what kind of products or services they offer.
- Research their history, from when they were founded to who leads them today and look at social media accounts for insight into what makes them special (or not).
- Find out which products your employer sells and don’t be afraid to ask questions! It’s important to understand what you’re selling so that you can work with customers effectively.
Research The Type Of Merchandising Jobs
When you’re looking for a job as a merchandiser, it helps to know what types of jobs are available. Here are some common types:
Merchandise Planner – These professionals help create promotional plans for different brands. They also create budgets and determine the best way to spend money on marketing campaigns.
Category Manager – These people manage product lines within specific categories or departments in a store. They may oversee several stores at once or just one store if they work in retail management instead of product management.
Product Developer – As its name suggests, this type of worker develops new products, but they can also be responsible for re-designing existing products so that each one meets customer needs better than before (this is called “brand alignment).
Learn About The Company
The more you know about a company, the better it will be for you to understand what its goals are and how you can help them achieve them.
Here is a list of things that you should research about your target company:
History: Learn about the company’s history and what makes them unique. What kind of products do they offer? How long have they been in business? Where did they start? What was their first year like?
Products/Services: Find out everything there is to know about the products or services that they provide. Who uses them? Why do other people buy from this company instead of another one?
What makes these products different than others on the market?
How much do they cost compared to competitors’ offerings or similar goods elsewhere outside this field (for example, if I’m selling clothing items then I would want to look up prices per unit at other stores selling similar items)?
Culture: Find out whether or not this type of job aligns with my values; consider how well matched our personalities are going into this venture together–you don’t want an employer who doesn’t mesh well with yours!
Also, take time before applying so as not to rush into things blindly just because someone else does something differently than me because after all isn’t being unique one major factor that attracts customers over other brands/products which tend not differ significantly from each other.”
Search For Merchandising Positions
One of the best ways to get a merchandising job is by using job boards. These are websites that have listings for jobs, and you can search them based on location and other factors.
Your local library or career center may also have access to these resources, which allow you to search online day or night from home.
Some companies specialize in recruitment these are called headhunters or recruiters (you may also see them referred to as contingency recruiters).
A headhunter will find positions for you based on your skill set and qualifications, but they’ll expect some sort of commission if they manage to place you with a company.
This is often a percentage of your first year’s salary, so both parties must agree on how much money will be involved before beginning negotiations!
Once an agreement has been reached between employer and employee, there aren’t any further obligations on either side so no worries about being harassed into working longer hours than originally agreed upon!
Review Job Descriptions
Now that you’ve got a handle on the necessary qualifications and requirements, it’s time to take a moment to think about whether or not this is the right job for you. A good place to start here is by reviewing the job description.
Make sure that your skills and experience match up with what they’re looking for, and that there aren’t any gaps in your resume.
If they want someone who has worked in retail before and has experience managing teams of people, but all of your previous jobs were office-based, then maybe this isn’t going to work out.
Similarly, if they’re asking for five years of experience managing large teams (which might sound like an impressive number), but all of yours have been small groups or one-on-one situations, or worse yet: none at all! this may not be the right fit for either party involved.
It’s important here not only because it will help prevent disappointment from both parties later down the road.
But also because one bad hire can potentially lead down a slippery slope where other potential employees will be wary about working with them again due to lack of trust or confidence in their hiring practices.”
Take Notes When You Apply For A Merchandising Job
- Make sure you know the company and the position you are applying for.
- Take notes on what you learn about the company, the position, and the company’s needs.
- Remember to mention your skills and experience.
Send Your Resume And Cover Letter To Employers
You’ve done your research and you’re ready to apply for a merchandising job. To make sure that your application doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, follow these steps:
Know the company’s email address. Many companies have a generic email address like “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Make sure you know what it is before sending off your resume and cover letter; otherwise, there’s a chance they won’t see them!
If a contact person isn’t listed on the website, try searching LinkedIn or Google for other employees who might be able to point you in the right direction but make sure not to send them something private unless they ask first!
Be clear and concise in both writing styles as well as content organization so that hiring managers can easily read through each section without getting lost (or confused) along the way!
This means using good grammar while also keeping sentences short so they don’t get tired out while reading through everything starting from scratch again after finishing one page and then needing more time.
Before continuing onto another page that contains even more information than before but maybe fewer details than previous pages had been provided earlier on during the initial stages of the reading process…
Take A Look At Your Wardrobe Before An Interview
Before you head out to your interview, take a look at your wardrobe and make sure that it’s appropriate for the job. If you’re going to an interview for a job as a merchandiser, make sure that every article of clothing in your closet is professional and tailored.
You want to dress professionally because this is a job where you will be meeting people who can potentially help or hurt your career.
If the weather is cold outside, bring along an extra jacket or scarf so that if it gets suddenly cold outside.
Then you’ll have something warm to throw on quickly without having to spend time looking through all of your belongings to find just one more thing that could keep you warm enough until the next stop.
If it’s hot outside when leaving home for work in the morning, consider wearing lighter clothes like shorts and tank tops instead – but do not forget about sun protection! It may seem silly now.
But we guarantee there will come times when someone asks how long ago was their last tanning session; which means they want an answer rather than just saying “it’s summer” because they know themselves better than any other person would know them (except maybe another friend).
Practice Being Interviewed
Try to schedule a mock interview with someone who can be as close to the real thing as possible. This should include an actual job description, and it should also be conducted by someone you don’t know well or at all.
Ask them questions about your resume and cover letter, like “Why did I apply for this position?” or “What do I need to improve on in my application materials?”
If they give you feedback on what they think is wrong with your cover letter or resume, ask them how they would change it if they were writing one themselves.
They may tell you that there is nothing wrong with either document; in which case, great! You can move on to the next stage of preparation without the worry of course but if there are issues with either document (and there usually are), now is the time to make corrections before submitting anything else!
Prepare For Questions
The interview is an opportunity for you to show the people interviewing you that you are the right person for the job. You’re going to need to be prepared with answers to questions they might ask, so practice answering them beforehand (and remember, don’t be afraid of silence!).
Questions about yourself: What motivates me? Why do I want this job? How will I fit in at [company name]?
Questions about the company: How does [company name] differ from its competitors? Why should I work here? What’s your reputation in [industry]?
Questions about the position: What kind of challenges will I face if promoted into this role in five years or fewer?
What does success look like in this role for someone who has been working at it for one year or more than that minimum requirement dateline when it comes time for promotion/salary increases etcetera; also how much money would be involved before taxes since taxes vary state-by-state depending upon where they live.”
Give Examples Of Your Experience And Skills
When you are called in for an interview, you will be asked to give examples of your experience and skills. Be prepared for this question by doing your research about the company beforehand.
You should also know what kind of role you’re applying for.
For example, if it’s a retail merchandiser job then there may be specific tasks that need to be completed during working hours such as keeping up with inventory or making sure products are displayed properly on shelves.
What can you bring to the table? This is another important question you should think about before going into an interview.
It shows that you have done some research about the company and it shows how much effort and thoughtfulness went into putting together all the necessary materials needed for an application process like this one (resume/cover letter).
You Can Get A Job In Merchandising With The Right Preparation And Practice
The first step toward landing your dream job as a merchandiser is to be prepared. That means having the right skills, knowledge, and experience, but also being comfortable asking questions, taking risks, and failing.
If you’re not afraid to try something new, then you’re off to a great start!
A good job is hard to find and it can take a lot of work to get it. But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there are many different types of merchandising jobs out there for you to apply for.
It doesn’t matter what kind of retail experience you have or what kind of degree if you’re passionate about merchandising then we hope these tips will help guide you towards your dream career!