What's the best way to approach a store manager for a job?
Hi Matthew - Great question! Walking into a business can be scary, but by being prepared it can really set you apart from your competition.
First, practice what you want to say. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will come across.
Find an employee working at the store you are interested in and ask for the manager. When the manager comes to you, shake his/her hand, introduce yourself and ask if they are hiring. Dress as you would for an interview; this is important. You don't want to come across as unprofessional (and you never know, you could get interviewed on the spot!).
Bring anything you would bring to an interview to the store. If they tell you that they are not hiring, then ask them to keep you in mind when a position opens up. Be sure to leave your resume.
Avoid going into the store during peak hours. This means only go in between 2 – 4 p.m. in restaurants and before 4 p.m. in retail stores. Avoid busy holiday seasons as well.
Good luck with your job search! When inquiring about a job in person, follow the same advice as if you were following up from your application in person.