I am very motivated but have little to no experience, how do I get employees to consider hiring me?
At 19 years old, my young age has been a barrier for getting hired in clothing, shoe, and other retail stores. I would like to get a foot in the door to learn about the industry, how to cope with immediate changes in the market, and study the interests of the majority public. I would also like to observe and test my ideas for selling things to initiate my sales career.
However, respected owners, managers, and hiring teams are only seeking people with customer service experience even if those people have no interest in a long-term career in customer service or sales. They aren't considering those who have no experience but want to build a career in such a tremendous section. Please support young people like us and suggest the best way to gain experience and knowledge, or even get employers to see how young and motivated people can be a benefit to have on their staff.
The reason why employers are reluctant to take a chance on new people is because of the time it takes to train someone from scratch. If a new hire quits soon after receiving training, it can be a tremendous waste of time and therefore, money. So, they're looking for people committed to the industry who can hit the ground running.
To get a start, you may need to work for free. Charity stores generally use volunteers, so that could be a great place to gain experience. Offer your services wherever you can in order to create a work history and earn job references.
Once you have some experience, you can get business cards printed (very cheap to do) and hand them out to businesses you're interested in working for. Try to get hold of the business owner or manager. If you present well and show an interest and initiative, most employers will be open to giving you a chance.
Good luck with your job search.