Anne Moore
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Should I go for it?

I want to be a retail manager at Dollar General. I see two job offerings at my local store - one for a manager, and one for a manager trainee. Do you think the odds of getting the job would improve if I went the trainee path? Help!

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Anne Looking through your resume and with a goal setting you up for success is appears that your experience for a store manager is met at about 75%. It appears you have the managerial team building, process management, shift and supervisory experience that is fabulous. However, what you are missing is the business experience, the accounting and the financial reconciliation piece. Not to fret even though those are critical parts of being a store manager because of your hundred K Chin it appears you're more than capable of learning that piece. I would suggest applying for the trainee position but expressing clearly a sincerely your goal of reaching the store manager level in the interview process.

Be careful though, do not to bring it up so much that the person interviewing you gets the impression you're not willing to put in the work in for the trainee position. Ask questions like: as a trainee what is the scheduled training like and the timeframe in which you expect the trainee to be able to take on a managerial role.

Who knows, if you play your cards right through the interview process they may fast-track you and put you in the managerial role sooner than later!

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Jacqueline Logan

Yeah I guess so

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Mary Beth Remai

Hi Anne...everyone has to start from the ground up in retail, I don't care about the title. You haven't a clue how the business operates unless you're in it. Go for it. If you go for the manager, you'll still need training in the operations. But on the manager end, It truly boils down to how you handle employees, otherwise you're a great fit. Go for it.

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Scott Shirai

I agree with Ethan.

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Pamela Simone

Anne, I would base your decision on your retail experience and if you've been in a supervisory and manager position in the past. If you have been a supervisor or manager in a retail environment, go for the manager position. If not, go for the trainee position.

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Michael Dersin

I think that if you go for the Mngr. trainee you will learn several things,two important things whether you will like the job and how you are treated by the company before committing to a long term commitment.

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Charles Horvath

Of course apply for both and be prepared to settle for trainee. Most managers where trainees and have worked their way into the managers position. These are very demanding positions where you may be required to operate a store all by yourself. Good experience, hard work, looks good on resume, weak on pay.I failed the assessment. So, I had to do something else.

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Charles Horvath

Yes...... I applied and failed the assessment. I did talk to some of the manager trainees and assistant managers. Bottom line, long hours, hard work,weak pay, and sometimes you will be operating alone for long periods of time. However it looks good on a resume and builds character..

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R LANIER

Anne, I walked in the front door of an Arbys and took over as manager with NO history in that chain, management is about people ( employees and customers) and numbers ( your P&L and Sales). Go for the job you want, even newly hired managers have onboarding training just not as detailed as if you where a trainee, keep in mind that trainee translated into english means clerk with lots of work and a small salary with no overtime. Best wishes for you!

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