Beauty Advisor Jobs
Macy’s Department Stores are seeking dynamic, self-motivated individuals to work as Beauty Advisors in our Cosmetic Department. With extensive selling and product training, our Beauty Advisors practice superior selling techniques through advanced product knowledge and outstanding customer service. You’ll personally assist customers in makeup and skin care selections and participate in special events and promotions to achieve personal selling and service goals.
We want candidates who will make selling and customer service a priority, who enjoy meeting and interacting with customers, and who love learning and sharing knowledge.
A Cosmetic Beauty Advisor typically works in a retail setting to promote an individual line of cosmetic and/or skin products. No specific education is required; however, candidates with previous cosmetic or sales experience may be considered more desirable by employers. Most commonly, a Cosmetic Beauty Advisor represents only one vendor line and may work anywhere that line is sold, from a neighborhood drug store to the most prestigious department store. No matter the setting, the first duty of a Cosmetic Beauty Advisor is to greet customers and share expert knowledge about the products they are selling. Some of the other responsibilities of a Cosmetic Beauty Advisor may be to demonstrate products, establish a clientele and attend promotional events. Previous customer service experience is a plus. You should have excitement over sales goals and products and enjoy meeting and interacting with customers.
Cosmetic Beauty Advising is a field where work experience and the ability to provide great customer service are a job seeker's most important assets. No specific education or training is required; however, there are a wide variety of sales training and cosmetic courses available for those who lack practical experience but wish to work as a Cosmetic Beauty Advisor. These courses may be completed in one day or over several months depending on the materials offered. Cosmetic Beauty Advisors must be enthusiastic about their products and possess the kind of friendly, positive personality that generates enthusiasm in potential customers. Sales and cosmetic experience are highly valued by employers, as is the ability to multi-task and work successfully as a member of a team. Because Cosmetic Beauty Advisors need to establish a clientele of repeat customers, data entry and good written communication skills will also be needed.
You will receive great benefits at Macy’s to include health and life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, employee discounts and competitive pay.
No one would have guessed that the small, fancy dry goods store that opened on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City in 1858 would grow to be one of the largest department store retailers in the world. After several failed retail ventures, Rowland Hussey Macy’s determination and ingenuity paid off at the age of 36 with the launch of R.H. Macy & Co. He adopted a red star as his symbol of success, dating back to his days as a sailor. First-day sales totaled $11.06 but by the end of the first full year, sales grossed almost $90,000. By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store occupying the ground space of 11 adjacent buildings.
Always the innovator, Macy’s is known for several firsts that changed the retail industry. Macy’s was the first retailer to promote a woman, Margaret Getchell, to an executive position, making business history. Macy’s pioneered such revolutionary business practices as the one-price system, in which the same item was sold to every customer at one price, and quoting specific prices for goods in newspaper advertising. Known for its creative merchandising, Macy’s was the first to introduce such products as the tea bag, the Idaho baked potato and colored bath towels. Macy’s also was the first retailer to hold a New York City liquor license.
By November 1902, the store had outgrown its modest storefront and moved uptown to its present Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street, establishing an attraction for shoppers from around the world. With the store’s 7th Avenue expansion completed in 1924, Macy’s Herald Square became the “World’s Largest Store,” with over 1 million square feet of retail space.
By 1918, R.H. Macy & Co. was generating $36 million in annual sales. Yet, the prosperity of the retailer was never more apparent than when the company went public in 1922 and began to open regional stores and take over competing retailers. In 1923, the Toledo-based department store LaSalle & Kock was acquired; the next year, Davison-Paxton in Atlanta was acquired, and in 1936, the Newark-based Bamberger’s was purchased.
To help celebrate their new American heritage, Macy’s immigrant employees organized the first Christmas Parade in 1924. The procession featured floats, bands, animals from the zoo and 10,000 onlookers, beginning a time-honored tradition now known as the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In 1945, the company expanded west and purchased O’Connor Moffatt and Company in San Francisco. Two years later, O’Connor Moffatt stores, including the landmark Union Square store that opened in 1866, were converted to Macy’s after a survey indicated that San Franciscans would welcome the name.
Macy’s California broke new ground with the first department store flower show in 1946. What began as a fragrance promotion in the cosmetics department now annually welcomes the spring season, treating visitors to a botanical, cultural and community spectacle. In 1971, Macy’s Union Square store’s lower level, once cluttered with bargains, was transformed into “The Cellar,” changing the way customers shop for housewares. Due to its success, the Herald Square store followed suit five years later.
Macy’s entered 2005 with about 240 locations, primarily on the East and West Coasts. With the conversion of all Federated’s regional store nameplates in March 2005, Macy’s grew to about 425 locations across the country. In September 2006, with the conversion of stores acquired from May Company, Macy’s now serves customers through more than 800 stores in virtually every major geographic market in the United States.