Personal Shopper

Individuals who either do not have time to do their own shopping or those who simply do not want to pick out their own items often hire a personal shopper to provide advice on what to buy. Personal shoppers also purchase items on behalf of their clients. Personal shoppers have excellent customer service skills and they typically bend over backwards for their clients. They provide personalized service and they know extensive details about the products they sell. They are aware of current market trends and know how to mix and match clothing so that it looks stunning. Personal shoppers are sometimes employed by high-end department stores or boutiques but some are self-employed and have clients who have been using them for years. Personal shoppers want to find the best possible items for their clients. They also strive to locate hard-to-find or out-of-stock items so that their clients will feel relieved and satisfied with their purchases. Sometimes they are able to invite their clients to private shopping events and they are often able to offer their clients the ability to purchase items that are not yet available to the general public. Some personal shoppers are salaried employees of a store and others work for a contracted hourly fee or a commission that is paid by their clients. Therefore income possibilities for this profession vary greatly. According to the website retailindustry.about.com personal shoppers can earn salaries between $25000 and $100000 or more per year. There is not a specific educational requirement for this profession but most personal shoppers have a minimum of an associate’s degree in a field related to fashion. Their customer service and sales skills are usually more important than their level of formal education.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $62500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Assists people with shopping.
Selects purchases according to requests.
Provides expert advice on products in a store.
Helps customers find products that are out of stock.
Also Called: Shopping Consultant
Shopping Expert
Retail Salesperson
Personal Salesperson
Additional Resources: http://retailindustry.about.com/od/retailjobscareers/p/personalshopper.htm
http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/PERSONAL-SHOPPER.cfm
http://www.jobdescriptionsandduties.org/personal-shopper-job-description.html