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Job Summary

My job is to manage a store that generates increased revenue for my company. As a manager, I oversee all aspects of sales and customer experience. Each represents a very broad range of subparts. Within sales, for example, I manage hiring to ensure appropriate floor coverage, as well as inventory to ensure our shelves are stocked. Within customer experience, there's cleanliness, associate training, and in-store marketing. While I may not be "hands-on" in each of the subparts, I ensure that they're all operating efficiently. The more efficient each subpart operates, the more likely sales will improve.


Allison's Career Path

I started working in retail part-time during high school. First in clothing and apparel then home furnishing. After completing my Associate Degree, my employer asked if I would consider working for them full-time as a manager. I accepted and have been here ever since.

I didn't necessarily expect to work in retail long-term, but I really enjoy it. I have great relationships with my coworkers and customers. That is key for me.


Hard Skills

  • Staffing

  • Merchandising

  • Sales

  • Math




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Soft Skills

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Delegation


Work/Life Balance

In my opinion, work and life balance as a Retail Store Manager can be difficult. On average, I'll work around 45 hours per week. There are busy weeks throughout the year though that demand 50+ hours, so "life" gets a little less attention. This is mainly around holidays.

I get two weeks of paid vacation per year, so that helps out a lot. I typically use one week to visit family, and the other to go somewhere I've never been.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national estimate (US) for Retail Salesperson is $23,210 annually (median). National wage estimates by percentile:

  • $17,920

    10th Percentile

  • $19,930

    25th Percentile

  • $29,570

    75th Percentile

  • $41,300

    90th Percentile