Magazine article Careers & Colleges

Michael Gaskin

Magazine article Careers & Colleges

Michael Gaskin

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Michael Gaskin

Sherborn, Massachusetts

RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE

REI sells things I'm interested in, and I shop there a lot. So I filled out an application and went to their hiring clinic, where applicants learn about the store and are interviewed for jobs. My interview was the morning after the prom, so I didn't do too much advance preparation--but from my former jobs, I had experience using outdoor equipment and renting skis and kayaks to people.

My main responsibility was a floor shift. I put on a green vest and wandered the floor answering customers' questions and helping them find what they needed. At first I didn't always know anything about what a customer was asking for, and that surprised me. I bike and I ski, and I know a lot about both. But I quickly realized there was still a lot to learn.

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I also stocked items, worked on price changes, and did off-site shifts like a local RV Expo. …

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