Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel, in a retail establishment.
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Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
Prepares sales slip or sales contract. Sells or arranges for delivery, insurance, financing, or service contracts for merchandise. Computes sales price of merchandise. Describes merchandise and explains use, operation, and care of merchandise to customers. Totals purchases, receives payment, makes change, or processes credit transaction. Demonstrates use or operation of merchandise. Recommends, selects, and obtains merchandise based on customer needs and desires. Cleans shelves, counters, and tables. Requisitions new stock. Inventories stock. Rents merchandise to customers. Wraps merchandise. Estimates cost of repair or alteration of merchandise. Estimates and quotes trade-in allowances. Maintains records related to sales. Tickets, arranges, and displays merchandise to promote sales. Estimates quantity and cost of merchandise required, such as paint or floor covering. Fits or assists customers in trying on merchandise. Greets customer. National Average Salary
1. Oral Expression
2. Oral Comprehension
3. Speech Clarity
4. Number Facility
General Work Activities
Selling or Influencing Others
2. Performing for/Working With Public
3. Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
4. Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
5. Handling and Moving Objects
2. Active Listening
4. Problem Identification
Frequent Work Context
1. Job-Required Social Interaction
2. Provide a Service to Others
3. Deal With External Customers
4. Persuade Someone to a Course of Action
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