Retail assistant CV template in Word (free download)

Our Retail Assistant CV template with a "Blue Stripes" design in Microsoft Word has some very subtle styling details that make for a beautiful design. The headings are in dark blue which provides the perfect contrast to the soft blue bands that divide up your sections of information. The CV template uses the stylish Garamond font, making your information easy to read.

CV template details:

  • CV ref: #105
  • File size: 20kb
  • File format: .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • File name: Blue-Stripes-CV-template.docx
  • Fonts required: Garamond, Wingdings
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  • ATS CV: Yes*
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About this CV template:

Help your CV to stand out from the pile by choosing a CV template with a difference. This smart and well laid out CV template has plenty of space between the details, ensuring it can easily be scanned by recruiters looking for someone like you. The soft blue lines help break up sections that can potentially be lengthy and text-heavy which allows your prospective employers to easily scan through the page and find what they are looking for.

* Every effort has been made to design this CV template according to best practice so that your information can be read by ATS software correctly. However, all Applicant Tracking Systems are different and no guarantees can be offered.

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Carrie Jones – Retail Assistant

123 Long Row, Derby DE1 3DY

01332 123456 |

Twitter: @carryjonesclothes | Instagram: @carriesclothes


    I am an experienced retail assistant who is highly capable of delivering exceptional customer service in a fast-paced environment. I have always regarded customer service as very simple – treat people as you would want to be treated – so my standards are very high because I love good service! Whether I’m running customers’ purchases through the till or helping them find the perfect outfit, I’m always engaging with people and making friends, because I want them to enjoy themselves, spend lots on our lovely products and come back! I have experience across a wide range of responsibilities and I’m happy to ‘muck in’ and do whatever is needed. I’m looking for a full-time role.


Retail Assistant

              Top Shop, Nottingham : May 2015 – date

           In this very busy store, I get the opportunity to serve customers and indulge in my love for fashion at the same time! My duties include:

  • Delivering superb service by engaging with customers
  • Helping customers to put outfits together (is this even a job? I love doing this!)
  • Ensuring I’m up to date with the latest trends and brand best sellers
  • Driving use of digital and multi-channel
  • Ensuring that visual and brand standards are maintained on the sales floor
  • Together with the team, ensuring that we achieve sales and KPI targets
  • Ensuring that promotional activity is delivered

I absolutely love my job but unfortunately, I have had to relocate to Derby and the commute is a little too long for me. On the bright side though, I have great references to show you from this position!

Retail Assistant

              ZARA, Nottingham : May 2013 – April 2015

Working for this fabulous brand within an amazing team, I had a wide range of duties including:

  • Meeting, greeting and assisting customers
  • Being a personal shopper when a customer asks for help
  • Serving customers on the till and in the dressing rooms
  • Replenishing stocks on the shop floor during quieter times
  • Training new members of the team and providing support
  • Following health and safety guidelines at all times

This was another great job that I really enjoyed, and I found it easy to make recommendations to customers as the clothes are so great! I left for a full-time role as this was 25 hours per week.



Bluecoat Comprehensive, Nottingham : June 2012

7 GCSEs including English (C) and Maths (B).


  • Genuine enjoyment of helping others  – to enjoy fashion, feel good about themselves and improve their lives through good product choices.
  • Empathy and patience – I always match my pace to the customer’s, whether they’re looking for a last minute LBD or they want to spend a couple of hours shopping for a whole new capsule wardrobe.
  • Friendliness and warmth – I hate being pounced on by pushy sales assistants who clearly aren’t interested in me at all, so I always employ a more friendly, personal manner with customers. Once I’ve built rapport and trust, they’re happy to hear my recommendations.
  • Quick to learn – both in picking up the role initially (such as how the brand showcases its products, folds its clothes etc) and in learning the new inventory which changed very frequently in both my roles.
  • Tech savvy – My current responsibilities include promoting digital and multi channel content in store which I am very comfortable with. I can also use mobile POS.
  • Ability to multitask – Both of my roles to date have been in very busy environments so I’m very capable of multitasking and priortising, without which Saturdays would be complete chaos!
  • Physically fit – I’m used to being on my feet for long shifts, especially during the sales – and I keep myself fit and healthy by going to the gym.
  • Resilient – I’ve had countless instances of customer complaints to deal with, and I’ve always managed to calm the situation and find a happy solution, without getting stressed or upset.
  • Knowledge and expertise – Not only do I make sure I know the product catalogue (together with fabrics and fits) inside out, I’m also a huge follower of the fashion industry and I’m therefore able to help customers discover and enjoy the latest trends.


In my spare time I love going to fashion events – this year to date I’ve attended Haute Couture Paris, London Fashion Week and Harper’s Bazaar – 150 years so far. I also love making my own clothes. I visit the gym 3 – 4 times a week to stay in shape and enjoy playing table tennis and badminton with local clubs.

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NB: This CV template was originally published on 7 October 2016 and has been fully updated for 2020.

How to customise your retail assistant CV template

Our retail assistant CV template with its lovely blue striped design helps your CV to stand out for all the right reasons! This is an excellent choice for those that would like to add a little colour to their CV – but not too much.

The subtle light blue adds that all important colour, but doesn’t move the eye away from the important details. On the contrary, the blue colour attracts the eye to each section and makes it easy to navigate. With the hiring manager spending as little as a few seconds scanning your details, every second counts.

We’ve also updated this CV since it was originally published to get rid of the tables, so it’s now ATS-friendly.

Here are our top tips for customising your choice of CV template:

Take your time

Take some time to carefully craft your CV and give yourself the very best opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all the skills the employer has requested. Take the time to write a CV that showcases your best attributes, and how your current skill set can be transferable.

You should never underestimate how important it is to get this part right. For more information, please read our article on ‘The importance of a good CV‘.

Introduce yourself

One of the most important parts of your CV is the summary at the top. This summary is often titled ‘Personal’ or ‘Objective’ statement, and serves as an introduction to your CV.

Prospective employers tend to skip over your contact info and move straight to this section because it tells them so much about you. Make sure this part of your CV explains:

  • Who you are
  • Why you fit the job description
  • What you’re looking for

Change the colour

You can change the blue bars on this CV template to any colour you want. This is helpful if (a) you don’t like blue, or (b) you don’t have a colour printer, or (c) your blue ink cartridge has run out!

The blue bars are table cells, so just click to the left of the cell, then right click and choose ‘Borders and Shading’. Then click the shading tab and you can choose any colour you like from there. Similarly, you can adjust the headings to complement your choice.

If you prefer, you can get rid of the light blue shading altogether. Just go to the shading tab, click the drop down colour menu and choose ‘No colour’ from underneath the palette.

If you’re not sure whether to use colour on your CV, try this article: Should I add colour to my CV?

Use important keywords

Make sure your CV includes important keywords. These keywords are often found in the job advert, and are vital to your success. Getting an interview through your credentials alone is not always enough.

Using the same keywords as the hiring manager will instantly grab their attention. Keywords can relate to anything, from action verbs to specific hard and soft skills. Here are some examples of keywords you are likely to see from a role in the retail industry:

  • Customer service
  • Problem solving
  • Multitasking
  • Quick learner
  • Flexible
  • Rapport

You should always use the same words on your CV as seen in the job advert. If you’ve already written your CV check back over it to see which words mean the same and can be changed accordingly. If the job advert is short on detail, check out some job descriptions for inspiration – for example:

Avoid silly mistakes

Check, check and check again! There are some blindingly obvious mistakes that job candidates ALWAYS make when putting together and submitting their CV – but they still keep making them!

Around two-thirds of applications will be rejected solely based on a mistake. Whether it’s a spelling or grammatical error, or even a formatting or presentation issue – don’t give the employer an excuse. With so many other highly qualified and error free CVs to choose from, the outcome of rejection is inevitable.

Read our guide on ‘5 ways to ensure your CV doesn’t end up in the bin’ if you want to avoid the worst mistakes.

Don’t bend the truth

Are you considering telling a few little white lies to make your CV look a little more polished?

Avoid embellishments and lies at all costs if you want to be hired for the right reasons. The employer is well rehearsed when it comes to filtering out the truths from the lies, and you may be rejected without ever knowing it.

Our article on lying on your CV will help you get the right mindset.

Show a passion for your industry

Whatever area of retail you’re interest in working in, show a passion for the industry. For example, if it’s fashion, make sure your love for fashion literally leaps off the page – like our example CV. If you’re working in an area that is very visual (e.g. fashion, homeware), including details of your Instagram account or Pinterest page where you post regularly on the topic can help show your passion. You might also like to include your Twitter account for the same reason.

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