Some of the shops around Ayia Napa will take on sales staff for the summer season. This includes clothes and shoe shops, souvenir shops, opticians and chemists. Vacancies are generally advertised by a sign in the shop window. Jobs are often only available early in the season, April and early May, and also later in the season from August but most employers want people who will stay the whole season and so prefer to take local people and permanent residents. Hours are generally long with 10-12 hour days being common. Working 7 days a week is also common although some places do allow a day off occasionally. Pay is usually monthly but lower than similar jobs in western European countries. Most employers will require you to be registered with immigration and social insurance. Your duties may include stock handling and arranging displays as well as serving customers. You may get discounts on products.
Skills required – You must look presentable and approachable and be friendly and customer focused. You need to be trustworthy and accurate as you will be dealing with money and payments. The ability to get up on time every morning and look fresh is very important as being unreliable or looking hungover will get you fired quickly. Many shops in Ayia Napa now want Russian speaking staff or languages such as Greek, Swedish, German etc, so you have more chance of getting a job in a shop if you are fluent in 2 or more languages.
How to apply – In person. Dress appropriately for the type of shop; so for clothes shops dress fashionably, for chemists and other shops, smarter and more businesslike. Take a CV and be prepared to leave it there with your contact details as the person who does the hiring will often not be at the shop. Never apply for a job when drunk and don’t go when you’re straight off the beach or from the pool. If the shop is busy come back another time, mornings are usually the quietest time and so the best time to apply.
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