What They Do: World’s largest operator of convenience stores, with more than 7,750 stores in North America and more than 28,000 stores worldwide.
Types of Part-time Position(s) Available: Sales associates.
Desired Hours Per Week: All shifts available. Some positions do require nights, weekends, and holidays.
Starting Pay: Varies by location and store.
Benefits: Benefits at company-operated locations include medical and dental coverage and 401(k). Most 7-11 stores are franchised, and sales associates at these stores are employees of the franchisee, so it is up to the franchisees of individual store to decide what benefits they offer their employees.
Requirements: To be a Sales Associate position, a high school diploma or equivalent is preferred; you must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with customers and coworkers and desire to be part of a performance-driven team. Physical requirements: This position requires constant standing, bending and reaching. Frequent lifting of one to five pounds and occasional lifting of up to 40 to 50 pounds is required.
The Inside Scoop: “The person who greets and helps customers in a local 7-Eleven is the most important person in the 7-Eleven corporation, bar none,” says a company rep. “You are the face of our company. That’s why we have never – and will never – consider a Sales Associate nothing more than a clerk. We rely on you to provide outstanding service; maintain a clean, customer-friendly environment; stock and merchandise products; and, naturally, operate the register. Whether your goal is to begin a fantastic full-time career or have a great part-time job, your talents will be valued and respected. There is plenty of opportunity to grow in this position. You can complete additional training to become a Certified Sales Associate and learn to forecast and order product using our state-of-the-art Retail Information System.”
Apply Here: 7-Eleven
Next job: Build-A-Bear
What They Do: Retail company specializing in a “build your own stuffed animal” interactive experience. There are more than 30 varieties of stuffed animals (ranging in price from $10 - $25) including teddy bears, bunnies, dogs, kitties and more. The company has more than 400 store locations worldwide.
Types of part-time positions available: Store associates, also known as “master Bear Builders,” who help customers (generally children) throughout the entire bear-building process, from choosing the animal to selecting its sound effect, putting together its outfit, deciding upon its name and preparing it for the trip home.
Starting pay: Varies by market.
Benefits: Associate discounts on Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends, accessories, and gift cards. They also pay time-and- a-half for associates who work on holidays. Medical and dental benefits are available after a waiting period.
Desired hours per week: “Our part time associates’ hours will vary from zero to 40 a week, depending upon the location. Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are busiest during nights and weekends, so our associates are most needed during these times.”
Requirements: Prior retail experience is not required, but can be a plus. In the United States, they only hire people who are 18 years of age or older.
The Inside Scoop: “Our ideal candidates have engaging personalities, a love for children, and a passion to give the WOW Guest experience. Ideal candidates also share our cores values, such as teamwork. At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we believe it takes a village to raise a bear and that teamwork creates great results. We are an energetic team that gives back to our communities through projects like building playgrounds in cities across America, honoring our associates and young Guests for contributions to their communities through our Huggable Heroes program, sponsoring families in need so they can have a great holiday, and volunteering times in various children’s charities.”
Apply here: BuildABear.com
Next job: Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel (Stock Quote: CBRL)
What They Do: Chain of country stores and restaurants with 588 company-owned locations in 41 states.
Types of Part-time Position(s) Available: Servers, cashiers, cooks, dishwashers and hosts.
Desired Hours Per Week: Shifts can be as short as 3 or 4 hours. Could be any day of the week, both a.m. and p.m. shifts.
Starting Pay: Varies by position
Benefits: Employee discount at all locations on meals and products.
Requirements: Employees "must display a desire to please people.” Prior retail or food service experience is a plus.
The Inside Scoop: “We have an excellent training program for all positions so you will be fully supported in learning your job, but we look for people who have a positive, upbeat approach to their work, folks who like working with the public and who want to deliver outstanding service!”
Apply Here: Cracker Barrel's jobs page.