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Retail Update: Is it odd to love your job?

So I’ve told you that I’m now a sales associate for the amazing retail chain H&M! And I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be happier.

Honestly, I thought that I wasn’t going to get the job when I applied, since I feel H&M has more of a professional name to it than say, American Eagle or Forever21 (then again, my resume is pretty nifty). But, I was wrong. Thank you H&M for taking me on.

I’ve been there about a month now and so I know just about everything that I need to know in order to do my day to day activities while clocked in. Of course I still need help every once in a while when someone wants to pay with a travelers check, when someone needs help finding a specific item, or when a coworker asks me to call another store to see if they have an item in stock or in a different size (which is actually really annoying to do, and I try to avoid making phone calls). Generally speaking, I can really see myself growing there and staying there for years. What make me the happiest, in the one month that I’ve worked there, my style has started to change. My new philosophy is to just enjoy fashion, not worry about what looks good or whats in and out. Fashion is supposed to be fun!

Anyways, I’m also so happy that my coworkers are friendly. Sure there are a few who haven’t really said anything to me or introduced themselves, but the majority has :DDDD I can really see myself making a few friends, and I think I’ve already made a few. You see, I can’t work somewhere where there’s no interaction between coworkers (like the McDonald’s down the street where the workers yell and scream at each other and even their bosses).

Also, the hours you get are fantastic. Normally at Subway (where I’ve worked for 4 years) you tend to only get like 12 to 15 hours…20 if your really lucky. However at H&M, I’m racking up 27 to 32 hours a week! Can you say “Payday!” It is sort of tireding to work 8-9 hour shifts like 4 days a week, but I’m getting used to it. And like I said “Payday!” I can fin ally make enough on a check to pay my payments, save for an apartment, and shop till I drop. I’ve already bought like $200 worth of clothes there (gotta take advantage of that 25% employee discount).

All I can say is that I’m loving my job. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but it’s only going to get better from here. I can’t wait to share with you guys my hauls and also info about the H&M The Very Best of Versace collection (even though its over). Talk to you soon!

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Newly employed

I believe that I’ve mentioned that I recently was going to/had a job interview at the amazing clothing store H&M. To my surprise, H&M has decided to bring me on as a new sales associate in training!

I’ll be honest, I’m nervous as all hell. The interview process was scary, since job interviews are one of my fears, however, since I got the job I’m assuming to them I did just well 😀 Thank goodness…because during my first interview I thought I could have done loads better; there were a few times that I wasn’t prepared for the question and I had to think of a choppy-sounding explanation off the top of my head. The best feeling was leaving the interviewing office. Don’t get me wrong, the two creative directors (one being in training herself for a hiring position) were very nice. The worst thing with getting a job is having an intimidating interviewer.

There’s so many nicely dressed, well put-together, and stylish workers at H&M, which is what inspired me to both shop and apply for a job there. So, during the interview process, I was hoping that the outfit I wore really showed off that I’m what H&M was looking for. I wore a nice grey shawl sweater that I had bought from the store the day before the interview, a pair of solid dark blue skinny jeans also from the store, and a pair of brown leather boots from Forever 21 that put the outfit together. I had hoped that it was enough to show I have fashionable potential. Regardless of what I was wearing, my insecurities were having me think that no matter what, there was probably some amazing hipster dressed 20 year old who had retail experience that was also applying for the position. I’m happy to say that I lucked out. I really need to get past thinking everyone is better than me…oh well, I’ll get to that somewhere down the line.

I was called back and asked to come in later in the week to talk with the store manager. I didn’t know whether this meant that I had the job or not, but my friends reassured me that usually a second interview is almost always positive. I wore the only other H&M shirt I had along with the same pair of pants and boots (Hey, it’s a recession…). The store manager was a little more intimidating than the two creative directors that I had been interview by, but I kept my cool. The meeting focused on making sure I’m the right match for the position. We talked about my job experience, my school schedule, and whether or not it would interfere with work. Luckily, when he had said that I’m being hired, he told me the hours I was working and introduced me to the associate who was going to train me during the two week training period. I was excited that my schedule was a few 8-9 hour shifts (I never had that many hours at my previous jobs ><).

Then the other day I came in to start my job orientation. This was basically another person who had just been hired and myself sitting in a room with a manager as she talked about the history, motto, and day to day job expectations of H&M. Also, we got to go on a tour of the store (which is 3 stories) and finished with filling out paperwork.

Now, today is the big day, as I am going in for a 3-11pm shift of pure training. I’m unsure of if it’s going to be hands-on or if I’m just going to be instructed on how to do everything. Apparently, some of the training is me learning on my own, but honestly, I’d rather be babied into learning the ins and outs. I’m terrified >< I think I’m the only person in the world who gets nervous over this stuff. I mean really, I got the job, so why am I still nervous?

Anyways, that’s all I had to say. I feel like typing it out makes me less nervous. Wish me luck on my job! If you have any questions or comments, please post them 😀