You love shoes and are excited to start selling them. While this statement might work in a job interview, you do not want it to dominate your resume. Your resume should be filled with more solid reasons a shoe store should hire you, such as relevant experience. No matter what kind of job you apply for, make sure your resume is clear, straightforward and free of typos and errors.
Potential employers must know how to contact you before they can schedule an interview. At the top of your resume, include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. If you are away at college, include both your current and permanent address. You can add a website, too; however, make sure it is employer appropriate.
If you are still in high school or college, include the name and address of the school you are attending, as well as your current GPA, expected graduation date and relevant awards, courses and activities. For example, business or communications courses and memberships in organizations like Alpha Beta Gamma -- a college international honor society -- are relevant to shoe sales' jobs. If you have graduated from college, include your major and minor, date of graduation and relevant memberships and awards.
The information you include here depends on how much experience you have. If you have experience with many employers, include the most relevant ones, such as previous sales experience with shoe retailers that you've worked for. If your employment background is sparse, add more of it. For instance, include your paper route or babysitting experience if you have not had at least two other jobs. Include paid and unpaid jobs and military experience. Briefly recount achievements and what you contributed at each place of employment.
Skills and Abilities
By sharing your skills and abilities, employers learn why you, specifically, are cut out for the job. If you want to sell shoes, your resume should reflect your skills and abilities related to sales, customer service, cash registers, inventories, shelf-stocking and specific computer skills, such as databases or spreadsheets. Simply list these as bullets beneath the boldface heading of "Skills and Abilities."
Resume-help services, such the UC Davis Internship and Career Center, suggest placing references on a separate piece of paper. Include people you have worked for or those who can attest to your work ethic, such as teachers, coaches, professors or supervisors of volunteer work. Do not list family members as references. Include each reference's full name, job title, place of employment, address, phone number and e-mail address. Before adding anyone as a reference, ask his or her permission.
Candice Mancini has always loved matching people with career paths. After earning her master's degree in education from the University at Albany, she spent a decade teaching and writing before becoming a full-time writer. Mancini has published articles and books on education, careers, social issues, the environment and more.