Retail Career Guide

Retail is a dynamic industry with endless career opportunities. Use this guide to learn more about the industry, or to learn how to hatch a student or entry level retail job.

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Retail Average Starting Salaries

Retail Sales Associate

  • Vancouver, BC
    $22,703
  • Calgary, AB
    $24,146
  • Toronto, ON
    $22,837
  • Montreal, QC
    $21,245

Retail Store Manager

  • Vancouver, BC
    $34,155
  • Calgary, AB
    $36,473
  • Toronto, ON
    $34,516
  • Montreal, QC
    $33,569

Retail Buyer

  • Vancouver, BC
    $40,288
  • Calgary, AB
    $43,471
  • Toronto, ON
    $37,888
  • Montreal, QC
    $36,758

Supply Chain Analyst

  • Vancouver, BC
    $44,473
  • Calgary, AB
    $50,989
  • Toronto, ON
    $43,815
  • Montreal, QC
    $43,467
An Insider Look At Bell's Retail Careers With A Bell Retail Manager

Mais Ganab was a student when she started working as a Retail Sales Associate at Bell. She didn't know that her part-time job would...

Start Your Career With Bell As A Retail Associate: Tips From A Recruiter

Working in retail at Bell comes with some serious career potential. "Too often, students forget that many senior executives started...

Considering a career in Retail?

Retail is a diverse industry for students and grads interested in hatching a fast-paced, exciting career. The industry encompasses many different sectors, from fashion to technology, so there are career options to accommodate any personality or disposition. Whether pursuing a career path in warehousing and distribution to marketing and design, the possibilities within the retail industry are endless.

Everyone wants someone who is passionate about working for their organization and position. I can’t stress how important it is to do your research on the company.

Christina Stathakos, Talent Acquisition Specialist, TJX Canada

In-demand skills and traits:

Personable

Team-oriented

Relationship building skills

Effective communication

A Recent Grad Success Story At TJX Canada
A Recent Grad Success Story At TJX Canada

Laura Leroux discovered her career start while studying Fashion Management at George Brown College - at a TJX information and recruitment...

An Expert From Reitmans Explains How To Turn Retail Experience Into A Career
An Expert From Reitmans Explains How To Turn Retail Experience Into A Career

Whether you're looking to develop a long-term retail career or land your first job in the industry, you can benefit from some insider...

Start In Retail And Brew A Unique Career At Starbucks Coffee Canada
Start In Retail And Brew A Unique Career At Starbucks Coffee Canada

When Mandy Utton applied to Starbucks eight years ago while in high school, she didn't realize she was starting a career. Mandy...

Tips And Advice From A TJX Canada Recruiter
Tips And Advice From A TJX Canada Recruiter

When Christina Stathakos finished her BA with a certificate in Human Resources at York University, she took her passion for learning into...

Why I Love Working at Target: Two Recent Grad Executive Team Leaders
Why I Love Working at Target: Two Recent Grad Executive Team Leaders

Jacqueline MacIntyre was thrilled when she heard that Target was opening stores in Canada. "I was a recent graduate and I was keen on...

A Day In The Life Of A Recent Grad Operations Supervisor At TJX Canada
A Day In The Life Of A Recent Grad Operations Supervisor At TJX Canada

For Norbert Omoro, deciding to start a career with TJX Canada was easy: it took one conversation with a current team member at an...

How I Got A Job In Retail Without Any Product Knowledge
How I Got A Job In Retail Without Any Product Knowledge

My first ever job in retail was at a job at photography store that was part of a larger Canadian chain. I always think fondly of this...

5 Ways To Handle A Tough Customer Service Situation
5 Ways To Handle A Tough Customer Service Situation

I've always done a pretty good job of living up to my name. Whether I'm embarrassed, nervous or just warm, I'll blush. That's why one...

How To Ace A Group Interview, Big Or Small
How To Ace A Group Interview, Big Or Small

This summer I found myself standing on the threshold of what I felt had the potential to be egg-stremely embarrassing: a group interview....

6 Words To Add To Your Retail Lingo Dictionary
6 Words To Add To Your Retail Lingo Dictionary

Your first day at any job can be daunting. You don't know anyone, you're busy getting used to a new space and all the while, you're...

5 Careers Your Retail Position Can Help You Hatch
5 Careers Your Retail Position Can Help You Hatch

If you love working with people and want to hone your transferable skills, then a retail job could be the perfect place to hatch your...

Who To Follow On Twitter: Retail Edition 2014
Who To Follow On Twitter: Retail Edition 2014

What do the retail industry and Twitter have in common? Trends, that's what. Retail markets are heavily influenced by what's popular, and...

Meet Brody: Student Turned Retail Entrepreneur
Meet Brody: Student Turned Retail Entrepreneur

Brody Hatch has always had an entrepreneurial side. When he was 18 he had the opportunity to sit down with Arlene Dickinson, venture...

Inside Target's Career-Hatching Internship Program
Inside Target's Career-Hatching Internship Program

What makes Target's internships unique? "We offer real-life experience," says Mary Wong, Senior Campus Recruiter with Target Canada....

4 Tips To Crack The Sales Quota
4 Tips To Crack The Sales Quota

"Quota" and "commission" can be two scary words if you're a newbie to the retail world, but they don't have to stay that way! Sales...

Serving Up Opportunities: Making Your Retail Career Work For Your Future
Serving Up Opportunities: Making Your Retail Career Work For Your Future

Working in a Starbucks store is different from any other job, because what they offer isn't just a job: it's opportunity. Handcrafting...

Office Hours: RBC Recruiters Give Advice on Banking, Finance and Retail Careers
Office Hours: RBC Recruiters Give Advice on Banking, Finance and Retail Careers

March 21st was an egg-citing day at TalentEgg: representatives from RBC joined us for Office Hours to give insider tips on careers with...

How Social Media Is Revamping Retail Real Estate Online
How Social Media Is Revamping Retail Real Estate Online

It's a classic rule of thumb: If you want to succeed in business, go where your customers are. And if 15 million brands are any...

The Future Of Retail: Ryerson Grad Enters A Career In eCommerce
The Future Of Retail: Ryerson Grad Enters A Career In eCommerce

Gone are the days when buying a computer meant a visit to your local brick-and-mortar office supplies or electronics store. With a few...

Behind The Keyboard With A Retail Social Media Manager
Behind The Keyboard With A Retail Social Media Manager

We all know that one person who seems to do nothing but post Facebook updates and tweet whatever random thought pops into mind. (We'd...

How To Ace Your Job Interview For A Head Office Position
How To Ace Your Job Interview For A Head Office Position

Are you looking to take your part-time retail experience to the next level by joining the company's head office? Justin Abraham, a...

#TEretail Retail Week Twitter Chat Highlights
#TEretail Retail Week Twitter Chat Highlights

On Wednesday, March 20, we hosted our Retail Week Twitter chat using the hashtag #TEretail and, by all accounts, it was a huge success....

Average Annual Entry Level And Early Career Salaries For Retail Jobs
Average Annual Entry Level And Early Career Salaries For Retail Jobs

According to Industry Canada, the Canadian retail sector bridges the gap between production and consumption. Many of the practices of...

A Career In Retail Is Child's Play For This Schulich BBA Grad
A Career In Retail Is Child's Play For This Schulich BBA Grad

Jennifer Wallace gets to play with toys and think like a kid on most days. But it's hard work. As the Associate Category Manager for...

How To Sell Your Retail Job Experience On Your Resume
How To Sell Your Retail Job Experience On Your Resume

If you ever feel like your part-time retail experience  won't impress a potential employer, chances are you're probably not emphasizing...

5 Important Transferable Skills You Gain In Retail Jobs
5 Important Transferable Skills You Gain In Retail Jobs

When you work in retail, you don't (or at least rarely) get the luxury of a set schedule. The customer is always right (even when they...

Who To Follow On Twitter: Retail Edition (Updated For 2013)
Who To Follow On Twitter: Retail Edition (Updated For 2013)

When it comes to retail, it's easy to get lost in the noise on Twitter - there's always a lot going on. Here we've compiled a short...

Ryerson Retail Grad Progresses From Analyst To Buyer With TJX Canada
Ryerson Retail Grad Progresses From Analyst To Buyer With TJX Canada

There's a lot of pressure for students to find their dream job before they graduate, but the reality is you may not stay in your first...

In Fashion: 3 Recent Grads On Hatching Their Careers With Reitmans
In Fashion: 3 Recent Grads On Hatching Their Careers With Reitmans

With more than 900 stores across Canada and counting, you're probably already familiar with Reitmans Canada Ltd.'s six brands: Reitmans,...

6 Performance Metrics That Matter In Retail Jobs
6 Performance Metrics That Matter In Retail Jobs

The numbers on your pay cheque aren't the only ones that matter if you work in the retail industry. Whether you're a part-time Sales...

5 Easy Ways To Up-Sell At Your Retail Job Without Being Pushy
5 Easy Ways To Up-Sell At Your Retail Job Without Being Pushy

You've probably dealt with pushy retail salespeople before. The ones who make you feel uncomfortable because they keep asking you to...

Sheridan College Co-op Student Continues Her Career With TJX Canada
Sheridan College Co-op Student Continues Her Career With TJX Canada

You probably wouldn't think retail and technology can come together in one career - unless you're working at an electronics store, that...

Business Technology Grad Goes From Barista To Supply Chain Operations With Starbucks
Business Technology Grad Goes From Barista To Supply Chain Operations With Starbucks

Chris Barber never thought his part-time job would land him his full-time career. Having grown up on the competition's coffee with...

Office Hours: Learn About Careers In Retail Pharmacy With Rexall
Office Hours: Learn About Careers In Retail Pharmacy With Rexall

November 29th was an egg-citing day at TalentEgg: it was our second Office Hours event with Rexall, a fast-growing Canadian drugstore...

Use Seasonal Employment To Jump Start Your Career
Use Seasonal Employment To Jump Start Your Career

It's that time of year again. Employers everywhere are preparing for the holiday rush and they need all the help they can get. As a...

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Part-Time Job
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Part-Time Job

One of the biggest challenges students must face is balancing time and effort between short-term and long-term goals. Many choose to...

My View From The Other Side Of The Counter: Funny Food Service Job Mishaps
My View From The Other Side Of The Counter: Funny Food Service Job Mishaps

I have spent my fair share of time in the customer service industry. I served coffee for one month and acted as a hotel housekeeper for...

Behind The Scenes With A Rexall Executive And 2 Recent Grad Employees
Behind The Scenes With A Rexall Executive And 2 Recent Grad Employees

As a customer, you may be familiar with Rexall's Pharmacists and in-store staff, but behind those more than 400 Rexall stores across...

Behind The Scenes With A Recent Grad Pharmacist At Rexall
Behind The Scenes With A Recent Grad Pharmacist At Rexall

Paul Dale, Executive Vice President of Corporate Store Operations at Rexall, took TalentEgg behind the scenes at one of the company's...

Office Hours: Learn About Pharmacy, Retail Management And Corporate Careers With Rexall
Office Hours: Learn About Pharmacy, Retail Management And Corporate Careers With Rexall

October 10th was an egg-citing day at TalentEgg: we hosted Office Hours with Rexall, a fast-growing Canadian drugstore chain. Office...

Fill Your Pharmacy Career Goals In Rexall's Pharmacy Intern Program
Fill Your Pharmacy Career Goals In Rexall's Pharmacy Intern Program

It's an exciting time to be a Pharmacist in Canada. The profession has experienced more change over the last five years than in the...

A Sales Job With A Twist: P&G's Customer Business Development Careers
A Sales Job With A Twist: P&G's Customer Business Development Careers

Like commerce students across Canada, recent Queen's University commerce graduate Jane Traversy had many potential career options to...

Summer Job Blunders: Shoe Store Slip-Up
Summer Job Blunders: Shoe Store Slip-Up

I am a tiny human being. I stand at just under five feet and, while I can park my butt at an office desk along with the best of them,...

From Cosmetology To Psychology: Connecting The Career Dots
From Cosmetology To Psychology: Connecting The Career Dots

When University of Toronto Psychology student Orielle Wybrow looks back on her four-year career as a drug store Cosmetologist, she sees...

A Day In The Life Of An Entry Level Field Sales Representative At TTi
A Day In The Life Of An Entry Level Field Sales Representative At TTi

If you've ever used a power tool or vacuum cleaner, there's a good chance it was one of TTi's many brands: Milwaukee, Ryobi, Homelite,...

Industrial Technology Grad Hatches Sales Career With Home Improvement Leader TTi
Industrial Technology Grad Hatches Sales Career With Home Improvement Leader TTi

For Industrial Technology grad Patrick Shum, the perfect entry level job involves working with both technology and people - a unique...

Behind The Scenes With A Starbucks Coffee Canada Store Manager
Behind The Scenes With A Starbucks Coffee Canada Store Manager

Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce graduate Sara Lang is living the retail career dream with Starbucks Coffee Canada. She's the...

Retail Certifications And Designations
Retail Certifications And Designations

Retail careers are about much more than just working a cash register and smiling at strangers, so why not take that work experience...

A Long-Term Look At Salary Ranges For Careers In Retail
A Long-Term Look At Salary Ranges For Careers In Retail

OK, so you nabbed a job with your favourite retailer to help you pay the bills while you're in school. You realize that it's not so bad...

Post-Graduate And Continuing Education Options In Retail
Post-Graduate And Continuing Education Options In Retail

For many people, their first taste of the working world is in the retail industry. Whether it's prepping a banana split at Dairy...

Schulich MBA Grad Finds A Meaningful Business Career At Rexall
Schulich MBA Grad Finds A Meaningful Business Career At Rexall

When you picture a career in business, a retail pharmacy may not be the first image that comes to mind. However, it takes more than...

Retail Career Tips From A Buyer In The Apparel Industry
Retail Career Tips From A Buyer In The Apparel Industry

Jennifer Goliss is the Director of Marketing of the Ryerson Retail Alumni Association, an Assistant Buyer at a leading apparel retailer...

Waterloo Pharmacy Co-op Student Loves Retail, Returns To Rexall After Graduation
Waterloo Pharmacy Co-op Student Loves Retail, Returns To Rexall After Graduation

As a Pharmacy graduate, you have many potential career paths ahead of you. You might start your career in a hospital pharmacy, do...

At Starbucks, In-Store Retail Experience Can Help You Get A Career At Head Office
At Starbucks, In-Store Retail Experience Can Help You Get A Career At Head Office

There's more than one way to hatch your career in retail. While most students finish school first and then start looking for a...

An Exclusive Look Inside The Loblaw Recruitment Process
An Exclusive Look Inside The Loblaw Recruitment Process

With over 135,000 full-time and part-time colleagues and more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw...

Business Grads Find Their Careers At Loblaw In Food And Finance
Business Grads Find Their Careers At Loblaw In Food And Finance

The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Kaniz Urmi (pictured right). She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University's...

Future CGA Starts Her Accounting Career With Retail Pharmacy Leader Rexall
Future CGA Starts Her Accounting Career With Retail Pharmacy Leader Rexall

You may not know it, but the retail pharmacy market in Canada is extremely competitive. As a leading Canadian drug store Rexall is...

First Look At Target's Retail Jobs In Canada: Executive Team Leader
First Look At Target's Retail Jobs In Canada: Executive Team Leader

If you're passionate about starting a career in retail, you probably can't wait for the first Target stores in Canada to open their doors...

Humber Grad Starts His Career As An Electronics Expert At The Source
Humber Grad Starts His Career As An Electronics Expert At The Source

Anshul Sahni is your electronics expert. Well, maybe if you live in Saskatoon, that is. The 24-year-old recent graduate of the...

RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Says Passion Is Key To A Successful Career In Retail
RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Says Passion Is Key To A Successful Career In Retail

According to RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Pina Pileggi, one of the best things about a career in the retail industry is that there...

Enterprise Management Trainee Intern Says She's Learning How To Run A Business
Enterprise Management Trainee Intern Says She's Learning How To Run A Business

Briar Rodgers is one of the lucky ones. She knows what she's doing after graduation. Since June 2010, the fifth-year University of...

UWO Grad Training To Become A Merchandise Expert In The grad@Loblaw Program
UWO Grad Training To Become A Merchandise Expert In The grad@Loblaw Program

After spending six months working in-store, Carly Harris is currently two months into the merchandising rotation of the grad@Loblaw...

Ryerson B.Comm. Grad Became A Senior Financial Analyst In A Year Through grad@Loblaw Program
Ryerson B.Comm. Grad Became A Senior Financial Analyst In A Year Through grad@Loblaw Program

Paul Sudarsan graduated from Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in April 2009 with a Bachelor of Commerce and, from...

Queen's Commerce Grad Jumped Right Into Associate Merchant Role At Loblaw After Graduation
Queen's Commerce Grad Jumped Right Into Associate Merchant Role At Loblaw After Graduation

Unlike the other Loblaw Companies Limited employees we've featured during our Focus on Retail this week, Suhaila Agnew started her career...

Learn Why Loblaw Is A Great Place To Start Your Career
Learn Why Loblaw Is A Great Place To Start Your Career

Paul Sudarsan says the most valuable experience he's had since starting with Loblaw Companies Limited, where he now works as a Senior...

From Customer Facing To Corporate: The Career Path Of A Rising Retail Star At Starbucks
From Customer Facing To Corporate: The Career Path Of A Rising Retail Star At Starbucks

Amy Hamdorff started her career in retail like many others when they're teenagers: in a customer-facing role at a large fast food...

RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Started Her Retail Career As A Part-Time Sales Associate
RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Started Her Retail Career As A Part-Time Sales Associate

RW&CO. Regional Sales Manager Pina Pileggi worked part-time in a clothing store while she was in school and worked her way up the...

Ryerson Grad Saves Women From Their
Ryerson Grad Saves Women From Their "Beloved Damn Heels" One Pair Of Flats At A Time

A night out partying with friends is always a good time, but for many women, wearing those stylish high heels can result in seriously...

Ivey Business Student Beats The Heat With His Own Ice Cream Shops
Ivey Business Student Beats The Heat With His Own Ice Cream Shops

Greig Perantinos recognized people's insatiable summer appetite for ice cream and the shortcomings of local ice cream vendors in his...

Essential Skills To Start Your Career In Retail
Essential Skills To Start Your Career In Retail

Getting a job in the retail industry is not as straightforward as some, but there are skills that are important to possess. One of the...

Top Retail Employers Discuss How You Can Stand Out In An Interview
Top Retail Employers Discuss How You Can Stand Out In An Interview

  TalentEgg hosted a seminar at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management on Mar. 24, 2010, to give first-year retail...

How To Fill Out Online Applications For Retail Jobs
How To Fill Out Online Applications For Retail Jobs

  TalentEgg hosted a seminar at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management on Mar. 24, 2010, to give first-year retail...

Does Your Online Presence Make You More Or Less Employable In Retail?
Does Your Online Presence Make You More Or Less Employable In Retail?

  TalentEgg hosted a seminar at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management on Mar. 24, 2010, to give first-year...

The Dos And Don'ts Of The Summer Job Search
The Dos And Don'ts Of The Summer Job Search

Every year, hundreds of high school, college and university students across the country choose Starbucks as their place of seasonal...

What Should Students And Recent Grads Look For In A Retail Employer?
What Should Students And Recent Grads Look For In A Retail Employer?

  Meet Aaron, a third-year retail management student at the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management. He volunteered...

Student And Entry Level Jobs At Starbucks, Enterprise and Reitmans
Student And Entry Level Jobs At Starbucks, Enterprise and Reitmans

  TalentEgg hosted a seminar at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management on Mar. 24, 2010, to give first-year...

Top 6 Retail Career Paths
Top 6 Retail Career Paths

Several streams of employment are available to students and recent grads seeking access into the retail industry, each one offering...

Retail Career Tips From Reitmans' Sales And Operations Directors
Retail Career Tips From Reitmans' Sales And Operations Directors

  Gary Pauls, Director of Sales and Operations for Reitmans, and Maria Corsino, Director of Sales and Operations for Penningtons...

McMaster Alumnus And Student Services Director Started Her Career In Retail
McMaster Alumnus And Student Services Director Started Her Career In Retail

  Gina Robinson is a McMaster alumnus and a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience, and she is also...

Find Out What A Career In Retail Is Really Like From This Retail Management Grad
Find Out What A Career In Retail Is Really Like From This Retail Management Grad

  Tristan is a recent grad from Ryerson University's retail management program who is now working with Discount Car and Truck...

How To Impress A Retail Recruiting Manager In A Job Interview
How To Impress A Retail Recruiting Manager In A Job Interview

  June Doyle-MacLean, Manager of National Field Recruiting at Reitmans (Canada) Ltd., told us what she wants to see from...

A Career In Retail Is The Perfect Fit For Students With A Passion For Fashion
A Career In Retail Is The Perfect Fit For Students With A Passion For Fashion

Working for a retailer doesn't only mean folding clothes and ringing sales up at the register. Imagine this: A flight to Paris. A...

The Perks Of Starting Your Career In Retail
The Perks Of Starting Your Career In Retail

  June Doyle-MacLean, the Manager of National Field Recruiting at Reitmans (Canada) Ltd., has worked in retail across Canada for...

Ryerson University Retail Management Student Clears Up Misconceptions About Retail Jobs
Ryerson University Retail Management Student Clears Up Misconceptions About Retail Jobs

Ryerson University retail management student Shanon Virdi was on hand at the retail career fair in February 2010 to help organize the...

Retail Has Jobs For Everyone, Not Just Retail Management Graduates
Retail Has Jobs For Everyone, Not Just Retail Management Graduates

  Everybody thinks that retail is just working in a store as a sales associate, but that isn't necessarily true-the retail...

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