Pros: Fun and engaging work environment, overall passion for books and entertainment media, excellent employee discount - both with books and in the cafe
Cons: Difficult to get a lot of hours, extremely sales-driven
A typical day at work could consist of working at the cash register, helping a customer find a book, answering the phone at the information desk, shelving books and finding room on the shelves for new titles, organizing displays, or taking down books that are no longer listed. This is one of the more enjoyable jobs I've had. I've learned about front-listing and back-listing titles, selling trends, how to sell memberships and make effective sales that are good for the customer and good for the company, and I've learned how to organize merchandise so that it sells more effectively. My co-workers are all passionate about books and most genuinely love their jobs - for many, it's their "fun" job. The hardest part of my job is that the store I work at is so enormous, it's hard to keep track of everything. However, searching for books and getting to run all over the store to find titles to put on display is also one of the joys of my job. As a writer, I have always, and will always have, a passion for books.