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Is retail an industry with poor job security?
I've been told that retail workers (cashiers/sales associates) can lose their job or be replaced at any time and that retail has poor job security. However, I've asked store managers how long the jobs last and they usually say "until you decide to quit". Which one is it? I read on USA Today that since retail/restaurant jobs are unskilled, it's easy to be replaced or laid off.
- StephenWeinsteinLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
Yes, it is. What you read is true. Even if the manager is technically telling the truth when saying that the job lasts until you quit, in the sense that they don't officially tell you that your employment has ended, they can stop scheduling you for shifts and stop paying you.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Yes and it has nothing to do with being a menial, unskilled job where people are easily replaceable. These are tumultuous economic times and combined with increased competition from the rise in internet sales more retail stores are closing than opening right now. We're in the retailpocalypse. The store where you work (or the entire company) could shutdown at any time.
Sears, Kmart, JCPenney, Macys, A.C.Moore, Pier 1, Toys R Us, Christopher & Banks, Lord & Taylor. There's always a new round of store closings in the news. Even Walmart is closing stores. There is no such thing as too big to fail.
- Anonymous2 months ago
If the person does a good job, they won't be replaced for no reason. If you decide to leave they can replace you fairly easily. Nobody runs off good workers. They value them. But they can't pay real high wages.
- linkus86Lv 72 months ago
Job security isn't determined by industry, but by proving yourself as a valuable employee.
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- A HunchLv 72 months ago
The ability to hold a retail job has a lot to do with you.
- do you show up on time
- do you limit your time off and when you do you plan in advance as much as you can
- do the customers find you helpful (but not overly helpful)
- do your do whatever is asked of you without attitude
- do your coworkers enjoy working with you.
It you do the above, you are likely to be able to keep your job as long as the company keeps your location open.
- Anonymous2 months ago
The big retailers are trying their hardest to make it look like it can be secure but really, if they want you out they will get you out.
- MaxiLv 72 months ago
No job is secure and the lower down the ladder you are, less skilled positions even less secure......... so whatever level you are especially in retial, the harder working you are, the better you are at upselling and being a good employee, getting on with customers/collegues the harder you are to replace