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How to Write a First Job Resume for a Clothing Store

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How to Write a First Job Resume for a Clothing Store. Clothing store jobs are common first jobs for high school and college students. They offer steep employee discounts on store merchandise, and are usually located in malls, which puts workers in close proximity to their friends after school and on the weekends. Some clothing stores even pay commissions on sales, which is a wonderful opportunity to earn extra money beyond the base hourly rate. While most first jobs at clothing stores don't require a resume to get hired, having one prepared can give an applicant an edge over other prospective employees. Read on to learn how to create your resume.

Print your resume on plain white paper, and write using Times New Roman or Arial as your font. Using linen paper and scroll-like fonts doesn't make a difference in getting that first job. A clean, simple presentation is best.

Include your name and contact information at the top of the page. Including an email address is optional, but can help a prospective employer contact you in the event that your voice mail box is full.

Write an "About Me" section as the first part of your resume. You don't need to state any long-term career goals here, as it's assumed your clothing store job is simply a way for you to earn money while you're in school. Instead, state what you would enjoy the most about a clothing store job, how you would be an asset to the store and what hours you are available.

Include a "Skills" section. This needs to be a list of skills you have that would be useful in a clothing store. These could include organizational abilities, excellent math skills (for counting change), friendliness (for talking to customers), good fashion sense, punctuality or reliability.

Write a section labeled "Experience." Even if you've never worked before, you may still have relevant experience. If you've ever run a concession stand at a high school football game, sold tickets for your school drama club or done volunteer work of any kind, include that information in this section.

Let prospective employers know where and when you have gone to school, including the school you're attending now. If you've graduated from high school or college, include your major and the type of degree you obtained.

Tip

Be honest about your school schedule and the hours you're available to work. Most clothing stores understand the needs of student employees and are happy to arrange your work schedule so that you can meet your other commitments.

Warning

Be prepared to back up any claims you make on your resume in an interview. Your prospective employer may ask you to demonstrate the skills you claim to have, or relate relevant and specific anecdotes that back up claims you make about your personality. Prepare for your employer to present you with "what if?" scenarios that ask you how you would react in a given situation.