The retail industry wants to be known as the place for jobs
It’s hardly a secret that finding a job these days is a difficult task. The pool of qualified and educated candidates for positions of all kinds is only continuing to grow, but the need for these workers has not been as strong, especially during hard economic times. Coupled with the fact that many employees are retiring later and later, it can be very difficult and disheartening for the job seeker. That’s where the retail industry comes in. World-renowned retailers are working to spread the image of the retail industry as the place to find jobs. In 2012 the National Retail Federation launched a “Retail Means Jobs” campaign – but now, in 2013, they are tasked with proving that they mean it. Joan Verdon of the North Jersey Record reports:
“Starting on Memorial Day, Wal-Mart will hire any recently discharged military veteran who wants a job, a policy that Wal-Mart said could lead to the hiring of as many as 100,000 veterans. And Wal-Mart, the retailer widely blamed for the loss of American manufacturing jobs to overseas sources, announced a new strategy of encouraging its suppliers to make products in this country. Wal-Mart Chief Executive Officer Bill Simon said the company will increase purchases of United States goods by $50 billion over the next 10 years.”
This is just one example of what the retail industry is doing to boost this image and to provide more jobs. Wal-Mart’s size and popularity positions them to act as a sort of figurehead for the industry, but they are by no means the only business capable of partaking in this effort and finding ways to get more people jobs.
Regardless of whether or not there’s a campaign to spread the word, the retail industry truly is a strong place for jobs – there is a lot of upward movement, a decent amount of turnover, and there are always gogn to be “surge times” where businesses need some extra help.