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Retail salespersons and sales clerks sell, rent or lease a range of technical and non-technical goods and services directly to consumers. They are employed by stores and other retail businesses, as well as wholesale businesses that sell on a retail basis to the public.
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- Greet customers and discuss type, quality and quantity of merchandise or services sought for purchase, rental or lease
- Advise customers on use and care of merchandise, and provide advice concerning specialized products or services
- Estimate or quote prices, credit terms, trade-in allowances, warranties and delivery dates
- Prepare merchandise for purchase, rental or lease
- Prepare sales, rental or leasing contracts and accept cash, cheque, credit card or automatic debit payment
- Assist in display of merchandise
- Maintain sales records for inventory control
- Operate computerized inventory record keeping and re-ordering systems
- May conduct sales transactions through Internet-based electronic commerce.
Retail salespersons may specialize and act as consultants in interior decorating, home entertainment systems, computers and other products and services.
Outlook & Prospects for Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks in Côte-Nord Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Côte-Nord region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
Job opportunities will come from both job creation and the need to replace retail salespersons and sales clerks who retire, are promoted to supervisory or management positions or leave to start businesses of their own.
Other job opportunities will come from the high turnover in this occupation. A number of students work in this field part-time and then leave when they graduate to take jobs in occupations related to their studies, or leave before graduation in order to diversify their work experience and have access to jobs that offer better working conditions. Other young people use their experience in this occupation as a springboard to enter more stable and better paid positions.
These opportunities will be available to students, to other young people who meet employers' requirements, to unemployed salespersons and sales clerks, to vocational training graduates in the disciplines that lead access to this occupation and graduates of training provided by job retraining organizations, to young retirees and to a certain number of immigrants.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jan 07 – Jan 11, 2013
- There is a shortage of mechanics working at automotive dealerships in the Côte-Nord (available in French only)
Week of Sep 17 – Sep 21, 2012
- In Fermont, the lure of high salaries in the mining sector is creating a shortage of workers in the service sector (available in French only)
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