Retail Management Positions – How To Get Them

Store Managers in Demand - The Future Rich

Most Career Advice out there is Horrible

Firstly, I’ve done alot of research and read ALOT of Career Advice and I’ve got to say – most of it is just garbage that makes me want to vomit. A huge proportion of it seems to be written by people who haven’t looked for a job in 20 years, who possibly haven’t ever even used the internet in their job hunt before, while others just regurgitate different iterations of conventional wisdom with titles such as “Top 7 tips for finding a job” or useless advice like “How to make your Resume stand out using bold font!”

Even worse are the Linkbait headlines like “The 5 things that are destroying your career job hunt, number 2 changed my life!!” which contain one-liner tips with no explanation on why or how it is even important. Which is because the so-called “authors” have no idea. It makes me angry, because this garbage is designed to drive page views, not to help people like you.

Advice out there isn’t for Retail

Another problem is that there isn’t anything out there specific for Retail, if you are lucky enough to find someone that is actually competent and seems to know what they are talking about when it comes to Career, unfortunately it is pretty much useless, because the advice is geared towards Investment Bankers or Senior Finance Project Managers etc, with advice on how to network with CEOs or your Harvard alumni prior to the interview and [Read more…]

Supermarket Career Path – Retail Job Position Flowchart

Retail Career Ladder The Future Rich

Hi guys, have been getting asked what the Supermarket position structure looks like a bit recently, so I’ve put this together for you to assist in planning your Retail Career in Supermarkets.

This Supermarket job position flow chart will give you an idea of what positions you need to be moving to in order to progress up the chain towards Store Management. As I’ve said before, a retail career can be quite lucrative when you are in management (check out the Pay grade for Supermarket Retail Management positions within Australia), with Store Managers of Coles or Woolworths typically on a six figure salary of $100k+, plus generous bonuses for achieving their business targets.

This is a typical progression model – starting from the bottom.

In some stores the pecking order may seem different, ie a Duty Manager in some stores may seem lower than Department Managers, if there are Senior Department managers and a younger/newer Duty Manager. However the path below is how it generally works. It is important to note that there are some positions that are kind of senior, but are a lot harder to progress up from, such as a Bakery Manager or Deli Manager.

When planning your career or pushing for promotion, it is KEY to know which position you should be aiming for next and clearly communicate that to the Store Manager or your Line Manager to make sure you are progressing your career as quickly as possible. For instance, going from Bakery 2IC to Produce 2IC holds little value in your career path, and it will ultimately take longer to make it to a Department Manager position. However going from Bakery 2IC to Grocery 2IC would be a correct move.

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You should be seeking to only do one position at each of the levels below, before moving to a position at the next level. Note the flow chart is horizontally tiered, you don’t need to move to position directly above, just any of the positions on each horizontal line above.

Wherever possible, you should also seek to skip a level. Your best opportunity for skipping a level is moving from Department 2IC to Manager of that Department. This will be much harder to do for a Grocery Manager position though.

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Retail Resume Hacks – Pro Tips to Make Your Retail Resume Look Professional

I’ve been a getting a few emails asking about Retail Resume tips so I have put this post together to help you trick up your Retail Resume.

Do you ever think that you don’t have enough experience or you don’t know exactly how to communicate what duties you have performed in your current/previous job?

In this brief post I will give you a handful of easy to implement professional sounding translations of common tasks so you can quickly add a professional touch to your Retail Resume, which will help you land that interview for your next retail position or promotion.

Have you ever “Stacked Shelves” before?

  • Wrong! – you have “Performed Inventory Replenishment”

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Getting Promoted in Your Retail Job – The Quick and Dirty System That Works

3 things you need to know about to get promoted

Ever feel like your boss doesn’t respect how hard you work? Sick of being passed over for promotion because you’re young and always have to prove yourself? Feel like your manager is a douche who only promotes his friends?

I’ve put together this summary of 3 key things you need to know about to get your next promotion and an action plan with tactics and sample scripts to start you off on your Retail Career domination.

How would I know? I started as a shelf stacker and got promoted 7 times in 2.5 years at one of Australia’s largest retailers, the last promotion being to [Read more…]

The Truth About Getting Promoted in Retail

Truth about retail The Future Rich

Getting promoted in Retail really isn’t as hard as you think. Retail is a high team member turnover environment, “Team member turnover” means people leaving the business/job. People regularly leave for better opportunities/jobs and good people get promoted or move to different stores all the time. People move interstate or step down for family reasons. This means there are always opportunities to be promoted on a regular basis. As an example, I worked at 2 different stores over 2 years and had 7 different Duty Managers, 4 different Grocery Managers and 5 different Store Managers.

You may think your situation is different (aka Special Snowflake Syndrome) “Oh, but everyone at this store has been here forever!!” To that I say [Read more…]

The Ultimate Pay Scale Guide For Supermarket and Big Box Retailer Jobs in Australia


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Are you working in a Supermarket at the moment or considering the possibility? Want to know the pay grade for your next promotion? Curious about what your boss gets paid?

I have pulled together the below information for reference to help in planning your Retail career. The figures are based off of publicly available Enterprise Bargaining Agreements, recruitment industry Salary Guides (Michael Page, Hays etc) and Seek job ads. Based on my own retail knowledge and experience I can also say the figures look quite typical from what I have seen. The numbers can fluctuate a lot in IGA, but for Woolworths, Coles, Big W etc they are quite accurate.

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Below is as of 2014, rates go up approx 2.2% each year. Below is assuming you are 20 years of age or older. If you are not yet 20 years of age the rate is significantly less based on your age, and reduces more for every year under 20.

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Casual team member: Hourly rate X hours worked

Full time team member

$730-$775 per week $38,000-$40,500 per year

Team Member In-Charge/Supervisor (usually in Service Department or Fill lead)

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