Claire’s Employment Opportunities

Whoa! Hold on let me grab my sunglasses, this article has a lot of bling to it. It is about Claire’s after all. So please take a seat, put on your sunglasses, and try not to get distracted by all the shiny things. Sure you’re laughing now, but just wait!

If you like looking fabulous or want to add a bit of bling to your wardrobe, then this is the place to look. Whether you need a simple necklace for a friend as a gift, or if you need a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and purse all in twelve different coordinating colors, this company has got you covered.

When it comes to your Claire’s application for employment we’ve got you covered as well. Company information, benefits, and how to apply are all here within this article.

Company Overview & History

Claire’s is a retail store that specializes in jewelry, accessories, and cosmetics. Claire’s is actually one of two different brands that are owned by the same company: Claire’s and Icing. The former stores focus more on catering to young teenager girls.

Whereas the latter company targets the twenty to thirty-something crowd of women. However, personally I think you can never be too old to add pizazz to your style, and all of Claire’s caters to that!

Claire's storefrontThe company’s headquarters are in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. There are over 3,460 stores worldwide, in thirty-six different countries. Apparently everyone really needs their bling. Almost 2,000 of those stores are in the United States, resulting in Claire’s stores being in 95% of U.S. malls.

The company Claire’s, which was originally known as Fashion Trees Industries, was founded in 1961 by Rowland Schaefer.

The company’s focus at the time was wigs, and it quickly became the world’s largest fashion wig retailer. In 1973, the company also fell prey to the distraction of the shiny bling of jewelry, and Claire’s main focus was switched from wigs to jewelry. The Icing brand was added to the family in 1996.

In 1978, Claire’s started their famous ear piercing services, which they still continue to do today. Almost all of the locations offer ear piercing, from fully trained staff using a Studex piercing gun. A lot of stores offer special sales that include free ear piercing with the purchase of certain types of earrings.

Direct Competitors

It’s always great to apply to several different places. What better way to catch a fish than to throw out a bunch of lines instead of just one line! Come on, no one? Ok no more fishing metaphors. Anyway, try applying to other specialty stores. If your specialty is gaming apply to GameStop; the one stop shop for gamers.

If you prefer the finer smells in life check out Bath and Body Works. If you’re the kind of person who lives life like it’s a party, then head on over to Party City.

Claire’s Application Online

Ok, now on to the main event! Ladies and Gentleman, your Claire’s job process. There is in fact an online jobs page on the company website; however, it’s intended for higher level applicants. Managers and the like, so if you don’t have experience yet, the method for  applying to an entry level position is a little different, more personal. It’s in person.

They have added the ability to search for store associate positions through the online tool, but the easiest and most reliable method of being hired for an entry-level position is to apply in person.

Without a luscious resume filled with that iconic bling, you’re going to need to show off your winning personality and your work ethic in person to wow the Claire’s hiring manager and convince them that you’re the one for the job.

When applying in person, there’s an art to it, one that cannot be ignored. Ensure that these things are present when you fill out the employment form:

  • Neat Handwriting
  • Well-Dressed
  • Excited and Armed with information from this Article
  • Prepared to Answer Basic Questions
  • Accurate Information on Your Forms
  • A Cover Letter and Resume (even if you don’t have prior experience)

In addition to these things, sporting some of that iconic Claire’s jewelry will also show your vested interest in the company. Remember to maintain eye contact and smile throughout your conversation with the hiring manager. Treat it like a mini-interview of sorts and you will do just fine.

Job Positions and Salary Information

1. Sales Associate

This is the entry-level position that Claire’s offers to those who are 16 years of age or older. In this position you will be responsible for answer customer’s questions and assisting them with finding the items they are looking for.

You will also have an opportunity to flex your jewelry knowledge and make recommendations when a customer is unsure of what they want to purchase.

When it comes time to ring them up, you will be on the register, finalizing sales and providing a final great impression before they leave the store. In addition to these sales and service duties, you will also be responsible for handling the company’s iconic ear piercings, stocking the hooks and shelves, and organizing the store’s merchandise.

Because this is an entry-level position, there is technically no former experience required. That being said, candidates with some level of previous retail experience will be able to leverage this in the hiring process to better their chances of being selected for a position.

In this job title, you can expect to earn between $8.00 and $9.00 per hour and you’ll be able to take advantage of specific benefits as well which will be discussed momentarily.

2. Management

As a Claire’s manager, you will be responsible for keeping the daily operations of the store running smoothly. Everything from training new associates, to utilizing sales strategies will be in your repertoire.

You will also maintain and order additional merchandise and process the payroll for the staff. Becoming a manager here requires extensive experience and a high school diploma.

If you have a college degree in a business field, this will greatly increase your chances of being promoted to manager. At this point in your career, you will also have advanced communication and business skills, plus a high level of knowledge in fashion and jewelry. The expected salary for managers at Claire’s is between $20,000 and $30,000 per year.

Job Benefits

Working with Claire’s offers you a wide variety of potential job benefits to reward you for joining the company and creating a career there. Many of these benefits are available quickly, while some come with tenure. The full list is below:

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Paid Training Programs
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • 401(k) Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Vacation
  • Holiday Pay
  • Sick Leave

Final Thoughts

Filling out a Claire’s application is the right step for you. By reading this article you’ve shown dedication and drive which is exactly what this company is looking for in it’s employees.

Don’t be afraid of filling out your forms in person, think of it as an opportunity to shine and show your true personality to hiring manager.

Remember that a career takes time to build, but the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll find the success you desire. There’s no trick to it, no rocket science or fancy methods of making it happen. The best way is to find a location near you and head in to fill out the forms today. Thanks as always for reading and best of luck to you in your career.