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Old 12-01-14, 10:32 AM
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Wasting my time, trying to get a job at a bike shop

I just dropped off a paper job application at the local Performance Bicycle store, the manager told be she only considers people with bike shop experience, I have none of that, but have 15+ years retail experience and am an avid cyclist, after I told her those two facts she said she would think about giving me an interview. Ok whatever. Just wasted my time and gas money driving over there.
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Maybe if you spend Money taking a course at a Bike mechanics school ..

But realistically its just another Retail Job with out benefits or Much Pay .

Maybe get a Job in a Yacht Harbor , with a Sales Brokerage . the Commissions are paying More.
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Old 12-01-14, 12:51 PM
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Maybe get a Job in a Yacht Harbor , with a Sales Brokerage . the Commissions are paying More.
I don't know about Florida but in California you need a license.
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Doing the Grunt work in the Boat yard is always thwere , Sanding, varnishing , scraping the Borrom when the Boat is out of the water.
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I already have a full time job, in retail, with benefits, just looking for a part time gig for some extra cash in my bank accounts.
I know less, a lot less about yachts than I do about bikes.

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I know less, a lot less about yachts than I do about bikes.
Rule #1 : When the water level is over the gunwales, your day is ****ed.
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Rule #1 : When the water level is over the gunwales, your day is ****ed.
The best name I have ever seen on a boat was "call 911" upside down and reversed so it was readable if the boat was capsized.
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I wouldnt give up, nothing is a waste of time you certainly will learn from anything you try.
So there are many many independent bike shops , with one shop or maybe 2 or three. From what I understand mechanics are in big demand. Yea benefits might be bad, but the experience can send you on your way to own your own shop one day. Ya know what they say, when you are doing something you love for a living you never have to work.
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Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
I just dropped off a paper job application at the local Performance Bicycle store, the manager told be she only considers people with bike shop experience, I have none of that, but have 15+ years retail experience and am an avid cyclist, after I told her those two facts she said she would think about giving me an interview. Ok whatever. Just wasted my time and gas money driving over there.
Suggestion... I take it you don't want to wrench... only sell. If so, offer to work in the shop for a day sans payment - show her you have value and can handle yourself around bikes. Your attitude suggests to me you probably did appear as positive and enthusiastic as one would want in a store clerk...

If the plan is to wrench... then again, offer your services for the day and show them you know your way around a bike... if you prove yourself valuable, the owner will be more likely to consider your lack of experience....
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I feel like prospective employers sometimes say things like that to gauge your interest or to get you to prove yourself. Stop back in sometime soon and show her you know your bikes. I really like the above idea of offering to do a trial shift for free. And I completely agree that a retail clerk needs to show off some enthusiasm.

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Old 12-01-14, 05:38 PM
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I don't know about Florida but in California you need a license.
interesting process... getting that license... You have to work as a yacht broker for some time before you can apply... go figure.
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Old 12-01-14, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
I feel like prospective employers sometimes say things like that to gauge your interest or to get you to prove yourself. Stop back in sometime soon and show her you know your bikes. I really like the above idea of offering to do a trial shift for free. And I completely agree that a retail clerk needs to show off some enthusiasm.
Well I thought I was pretty upbeat when I was talking to her. I told her I was an avid cyclist and ride all time. She asked what kind of bike I have and I told her the allez and she asked when I rode the last time and I told her last week and the ride wax 50 miles. She sounded ho hum about it.

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Originally Posted by genec View Post
interesting process... getting that license... You have to work as a yacht broker for some time before you can apply... go figure.
The way I understand it is that you have to get a salesman's license and work for a broker for at least a year before you can be a broker.
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The way I understand it is that you have to get a salesman's license and work for a broker for at least a year before you can be a broker.
Yeah, that's about right. And frankly I thought there might have been more to it than that... like a CG Cap't ticket... but no, just indebted servitude for a year or so...
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Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
Well I thought I was pretty upbeat when I was talking to her. I told her I was an avid cyclist and ride all time. She asked what kind of bike I have and I told her the allez and she asked when I rode the last time and I told her last week and the ride wax 50 miles. She sounded ho hum about it.
Ya didn't ride the bike there, see, that's the thing; you drove. Showed your lack of commitment.
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Ya didn't ride the bike there, see, that's the thing; you drove. Showed your lack of commitment.
Oh OK, so that was the fatal mistake, maybe I should have mentioned the one month tour of Florida I did a few years ago.
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Yeah, "last week" over a holiday weekend in florida doesn't show your avidness. Avidnicity. Avidabilitativeness. One of those. Clean your bike up nice and ride over there.
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Yeah, "last week" over a holiday weekend in florida doesn't show your avidness. Avidnicity. Avidabilitativeness. One of those. Clean your bike up nice and ride over there.
Well it is only a holiday weekend for some, I worked all weekend.
I will ride over there, I couple hours ride, I'll were my nicest jersey.☺
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Maybe by your attitude here, you just flunked their first test. Attitude is 90% of at least getting the chance at a job. You just have to get your foot in the door so they can see what you can do. You may have been the 10th. person who dropped off their resume that day. When you show a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, the manager won't forget your name! I really hope you left the bike shop in a better frame of mind than I'm seeing in your question. Maybe they'll give you a day to show them what you can do. Let's hope so! You just have to remember that things are run a bit different at a franchise like Performance Bike Shop that they are at "Joe's Bike Repair Shop". The manager has a manager telling them what they can and can not do at the store. Good luck and hopefully you'll get a chance to show them your stuff!
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Old 12-01-14, 07:08 PM
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Performance is not a 'bike' shop.
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Maybe by your attitude here, you just flunked their first test. Attitude is 90% of at least getting the chance at a job. You just have to get your foot in the door so they can see what you can do. You may have been the 10th. person who dropped off their resume that day. When you show a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, the manager won't forget your name! I really hope you left the bike shop in a better frame of mind than I'm seeing in your question. Maybe they'll give you a day to show them what you can do. Let's hope so! You just have to remember that things are run a bit different at a franchise like Performance Bike Shop that they are at "Joe's Bike Repair Shop". The manager has a manager telling them what they can and can not do at the store. Good luck and hopefully you'll get a chance to show them your stuff!
Maybe I did fail the first test, maybey I was the 33rd person to apply for the job, who k owe what was going on there today, but she seemed like she was going to throw my application right in the circular file. She seemed a. It better after I told her that I ride. I'll just wait and see, maybe stop by later in the week or next week.
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Maybe I did fail the first test, maybey I was the 33rd person to apply for the job, who k owe what was going on there today, but she seemed like she was going to throw my application right in the circular file. She seemed a. It better after I told her that I ride. I'll just wait and see, maybe stop by later in the week or next week.
Getting a job isn't an event, it's a process. You made a cold call and it didn't go as well as you wanted. HTFU. You're in sales, man! When the customer doesn't buy the item at first glance, do you go in a corner and pout? Figure out the weakness of your pitch and start selling. If she tossed your resume, make her regret doing that!
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Oh OK, so that was the fatal mistake, maybe I should have mentioned the one month tour of Florida I did a few years ago.
That might not impress her, but if you have a wheel you built...
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Try an LBS but in all honesty, hiring at this point in the year is pretty much a no go unless your top mechanic just bailed and you're looking to replace her with another equally top mechanic. You're far more likely to get hired on as the season starts, usually March-ish. That's when shops need people and sometimes, just being alive is enough.

It's likely that Performance is trying to replace a valued employee and so that experience is incredibly important. Again, start handing out resumes to other shops and hit them again around March. Show your value through the season and they may keep you around through the winter.

This advice is coming from a year round bike shop employee.
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Wouldn't you try to work at a smaller shop first?
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