Wednesday, 8 May 2013

My first real job.


At the young age of 18, you'd imagine I'd of only had my first job recently but being from a small town in Yorkshire, I was always wanting a job so I could afford to go shopping in the bigger cities nearby such as Leeds, York and Sheffield. I've been in a lot of different jobs including a bakery, a butchers, a restaurant, a school, a department store and a few others since around the age of 13.

My first "proper" job, if you like - the type where the money actually goes into your bank and not in your hand - was at the Debenhams store in my home town. I remember being so excited when I saw the advertisement online for the job and applied straight away.

The whole application process was a bit long-winded, including an online questionnaire, a telephone interview and finally, if you made the cut - a group interview and then individual interview in store. After passing with flying colours in the phone interview, I was called in for the interview.

The interview included lots of little tasks to do in groups such as "Trust tasks" and "Words to describe the company". We then were set our own little style challenge - which being a lover of all things fashion - I got far too excited about. I remember clearly, our task was to find a key Autumn/Winter piece and sell it to the rest of the group. After scouring round the shop, I found the perfect coat for the A/W season. 


This is not the exact coat but very very similar.

I sold the coat by saying how it had 3 trends in 1 (baring in mind this was a few years ago) - it had the cinched in waist, the military buttons, the fur collor and also had a "skater-style" bottom half, in which it flared out. After that I had my individual interview and guess what? I got the job. Here's a cheeky eyebrow-less pic of me before starting my first shift back in 2010 -



I was now a Sales Assistant in Womenswear where I worked on the tills, the dressing room, stock rooms etc. But, my favourite role of all at Debenhams was my role as a Personal Shopper. This is where I was given a customer to accompany, they would then tell me their interests, what fits them best, what sort of clothes and trends they liked and their clothes and shoes size. It was then my job to dash round the store looking for outfits to match the requests of my customer but also bringing them new pieces to try that they might of not tried before (a bit like Gok Wan, yes)



All in all, my job at Debenhams was a great experience, I met lots of lovely people and got the chance to help the customers find the perfect outfit!

Thanks for reading :')

8 comments:

  1. Okk, your first job sounds so much better than my first job!! I'd love to be a personal shopper for someone!!

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  2. Aww I'd love to work in retail again... if I could still have my weekends, I used to love it. x

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    1. It was a really good job in all honesty! The personal shopping part was the best xx

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  3. you're so lucky! i've only ever been a waitress and it SUCKS. aha lovely blog :) I'm new! maybe check out my blog?:)
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