We received a postcard in the mail today from Orvis. It was addressed to Claire, with the heading “Now hiring”. It continued, “Many of our valued associates were once our best customers!” Apparently Orvis is hiring a Fishing Manager and other positions for their new store, and they are interested in five year old girls taking on this responsibility. Also, apparently, they think Claire has heard of Orvis.
I told Claire about this exciting opportunity, her first job recruitment. She smiled and said, “What? I think they think I’m an adult!” I told Claire that, while she certainly could not spare enough hours to work full time right now, maybe she should consider the part-time Sales Associate position in Women’s Apparel. She knows something about ladies’ clothing, right? Claire just giggled and said, “No, Dad! I’m a kid!”
Okay, I guess I agree with her. It is too early to commit to a sales position, especially with only a few weeks to go before kindergarten starts. Maybe she can work hard in kindergarten and apply for a position next summer once she has some report cards to put on the application. All she has to go on now is basically that her friends and family like her, and maybe a recommendation from a pre-school teacher or two. But that alone will not get you into the retail sales game, not in this economy anyways.