Store Director 

(Female, Age 30) from Oconomowoc, WI

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Store Director
Salary $51,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 45
Company Size (not answered)
Location Oconomowoc, WI
Years Experience 6 years

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a large retail chain which has 200+ stores throughout the United States. Each store employs an average of 35 people. The company is privately owned.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I oversee all operations/sales goals/human resources/loss pervention of my store. We generate about 3.5 million per year, in which I am responsible for.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Health/dental insurance, 7 weeks paid vacation, 401k

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
well compinsated, considering the amount of vacation i get!! 🙂

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
yes, I love working with other people and employees

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Mall, I love the hustle and bustle of the mall atmosphere

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 1
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 6

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am TUESDAYS-Management meeting
8am to 9am Check email, voice mail, daily projections, open ISP
9am to 10am Clean, go to the bank, fill the floor, merchandising any empty cabilets MONDAYS (M)-Figure weekly projections
10am to 11am open for business, chat in employees, check voice mail, service customers (M)-Project payroll
11am to 12pm call clients, service customers, fill/merchandise sales floor (M)-Look at sales reports, compile notes and my own report based on results
12pm to 1pm Service customers (M)-Look at individual employees results and evaluate each one, write a report
1pm to 2pm Break, chat in oncoming management (M)-Conf. call, no break today…
2pm to 3pm service customers (M)- Marketing manager call
3pm to 4pm service customers (M)-Write next weeks schedule
4pm to 5pm service customers, chat in incoming mamagement (M)-Compile data for Tuesdays management meeting
5pm to 6pm service customers (M)-schedule times for one on ones with employees struggling with goals
6pm to 7pm service customers
7pm to 8pm service customers
8pm to 9pm service customers, begin to straighten store to prepair for closing
9pm to 10pm close store, check voicemail/email, calculate ending numbers
10pm to 11pm Once a month.. floorset from 8pm-5am
11pm to 12am n/a

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How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
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What was the application process?
I emailed the district manager, filled out an application gave her my resume and met in person for an interview

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I interviewed with the district manager, it was one interview. Because of my skill level I only had to interview once. Most other applicants have to interview with the vice president of the company

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
The typical canned interview questions. I was asked how I motivate my staff, how I make the numbers happen, what I look for when hiring people, what are my best/worst things…

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
No. I should have training that included upper management.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Not really, I was given a company handbook, some operational handbooks and some equipment trining. I was basically doing the same thing that I was at my previous job. It was a lot of self teaching…

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes! My degreee is in fashion merchandising and marketing. I was also a member of WMMA (Wisconsin Marketing and management Association) in college. That really prepaired me for management.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
no, my internship was dumb. I was an associate at another retailor and never mirrored my boss or was taught what her job was all about.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Either work their way up in retail, or get an associates degree in management or fashion

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
good Communication skills (#1), must be willing to work looong hours including nights and weekends, you should not be afraid of confrontation, you have to have the ability to think outside of the box in order to generate additional sales while maintaining brand integrity, you have to adapt well to stressful situations, have good people skills (customer and employee), you must be outgoing

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
prior management experience is a must

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
If they want to make it to the top do everything your bosses want you to do. Ask questions, come up with solutions without being asked, if you know there is a crunch and you see your boss working extra late, help without being asked. If you go the extra mile it will get noticed and you will be considered for a promotion as long as your efforts drive results.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I an super happy at my current job. I would like to go to the next level and oversee a grouping of stores (in the talks right now…)

What are your current career goals?
I’d like to be a market manager, or more commely known, a district manager

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Retail is a fun industry but isn’t for everyone. It’s a lot harder than most jobs and I feel that managers in retail don’t get the respect that they deserve. I think the general public figures that people who work in retail are college rejects, people who couldn’t go out and find “real jobs”.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Store Director 2001-present 47000 Basically I’m the store manager. I oversee all operations of the store including staff.
Prior Job 2 Store Manager 1998-2001 37000 I oversee all operations of the store including staff.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3 Waukesha County Technical College Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Associates
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
n/a n/a n/a

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