Barnes & Noble is not only a Fortune 500 company, but it’s also the largest retailer of books in the United States. They are a top seller of content, digital media, and educational products as well. Currently there are 640 locations across all 50 U.S. States.
The company operates primarily through physical locations, with a headquarters in New York City. Today I’m going to show you how to fill out the Barnes & Noble application. This information, combined with knowledge of the company’s history and products will give you everything you need to start your career.
The Company’s History and Products
Barnes & Noble is the only remaining American national bookstore chain. Many of the company’s locations feature a cafe that serves Starbucks coffee. In addition to books, each location also carries magazines, newspapers, DVDs/Blu-Rays, gifts, games, and Nook e-readers.
The story of Barnes & Noble began in 1886 with a bookstore called Arthur Hinds & Company. Towards the end of that year, Clifford Noble graduated from Harvard University and was hired to work as a clerk with the company.
In 1894 he came a partner, at which point the store’s name was changed to Hinds & Noble. In 1917, Noble was able to buy out Hinds and bring on his friend’s son named William Barnes. In 1930, Noble sold his share of the company to the son of William Barnes, John Wilcox Barnes.
By 1966, both of the founding members had passed away and the company was sold to Amtel in 1966. Leonard Riggio purchased the company in 1971 for $1.2 million. At this point is had been badly managed and was reduced to only a single retail location.
In 1974, Barnes & Noble was the first book company to advertise on television. The next year also earned the honor of being the first company to sell discount books. They started by selling New York Times bestsellers at 40% off the publisher’s price.
The company moved to focus on larger stores during the 1970s and 1980s. Barnes & Noble also started publishing out-of-print titles and sold them through a mail-order catalog which offered them to customers nationwide.
Expansion continued through the 80s and in 1986, the company purchased the B. Dalton chain from Dayton Hudson. They also purchased Bookstop, a 22-store chain. By 1999 it was the second-largest online bookseller in the United States.
Prior to the online store, Barnes & Noble sold their books to customers through mail-order catalogs. The first online sales began in the late 1980s. This was part of a partnership between Sears and IBM called Trintex. The official launch of the website was in May 1997.
Video Games and related accessories were sold in the company’s GameStop outlets until it became an independent company. At the time I was still working at GameStop and I lost my discount at Barnes and Noble. I’m still mad about that, but I’ll get over it.
William Lynch became CEO in March of 2010 after he was credited with helping the success of the electronic book store Barnes & Noble maintains through its e-book reader called the Nook.
The main competitor, Borders, went bankrupt and closed in 2011. This left Barnes & Noble as the last retail bookstore chain in America. Today competition still comes from general retailers like Amazon and Books-A-Million in the physical retail space.
As someone who personally shops here, I can offer some advice on the company’s customer service focus and the selection. In short, Barnes & Noble stores are huge! There are sections for just about every type of book, comic, and type of literature you can imagine.
Many locations are also two floors total and also have the aforementioned cafe. The Starbucks-inspired section of the store has its own area with tables and chairs as well. The coffee selection has everything you would expect from the coffee giant, but there are a larger selection of danishes and sandwiches.
You’ll spot employees out on the floor assisting customers or manning the main desk where you can ask about a specific title. The wide open design of the store, combined with the cafe make this a fun place to shop and no doubt a fun place to work as well.
While Barnes & Noble is indeed the last bookseller in the United States, there are still places to work that are fun like this one. After you’re finished here, check out GameStop, which used to be a part of B&N. From there, check out our page on Toys R Us. Finally, a great place to apply would be Target.
Barnes & Noble Application Online
No experience? No problem. Barnes & Noble constantly promotes from within and hires people at entry-level positions to give them the tool they need to rise up through the ranks. Since there is a book and a coffee shop in the same building, the number of roles to fill is twice as large as a standard retail store.
This is great news for you as it offers options in various parts of the store. The company looks for candidates that represent high quality customer service, respect, integrity, and teamwork, among other similar features.
A great time to apply for a position at Barnes & Noble is during seasons of high traffic. During these times of the year, the company will hire a large amount of people as seasonal associates. The hiring process is expedited here and offers you a chance to try the company out while also giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills.
A strong tenure as a seasonal associate almost always leads to the offer for a permanent position with the company. To apply online, head to the Barnes & Noble careers page. Here you can browse the open positions and apply as you desire.
The process is incredibly streamlined. You’ll be finished filling out the required information with fifteen to twenty minutes. There is also an option to upload your resume, which is a great way to stand out from the crowd.
The Barnes & Noble application is a great way to build up a career for yourself. As a company that consistently promotes from within, your job prospects are looking pretty good here.