"Ocho" in Lubbock, Texas said: Patience, Awareness, Fearless are probably the best three traits I can come up with. In order to make it in this profession I recommend that an associate should simply relax and walk into work with the mentality of a typical shopper.
I disagree with the "fearless" portion. A typical workmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comp claim will cost far more than the value of the theft (this will enrage any employer and could cost you your job). Be fearful of everybody and you will learn to go home at the end of your shift instead of to the hospital or morgue.
I agree with everything else. Think of items that you would shop for, hang out in the high theft areas of the store, as well as the most popular areas for the merchandise to be concealed. Always carry at least one piece of merchandise with you at all times (preferable light and small in size).