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Posted June, 2017: Part-Time or Full-Time Bookseller Wanted
The Country Bookshelf is hiring! If you are interested in working with us, please read this information, and if you are still interested, please submit an application and resume. We’d love to hear why you would be a perfect fit for us.
We are looking for a part-time or full-time bookseller (at minimum 20 hours/week, up to 40 hours depending on interest and availability) to join our small staff. This position requires daytime, evening, weekend, and holiday availability. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter, but the days preceding and following these holidays are busy and require availability.
We are looking for applicants with excellent customer service skills and an infectious love of books. We are looking for someone who wants to grow with us and would love to become a book professional. College degree in the humanities helpful but not required. Retail and customer service experience required. Bookselling or other book world employment experience would be a plus.
Bookselling is not for everyone – even those who love books! You must find joy in helping people, be unfazed by constant interaction with the public, and have a positive, pleasant, friendly, and helpful demeanor at all times. You must be knowledgeable, well-read, and well-spoken. You must be comfortable with computers, the internet, and general research skills, and able to learn and follow detailed procedures accurately. Our small staff and busy store thrive on enthusiastic teamwork and problem-solving. Bookselling requires a continual intake of new information, a crazy-good memory, the ability to adapt to constant change, an insatiable curiosity towards the world of books, a base knowledge of books and literature, and an optimistic attitude towards the future of the book. We spend long hours on our feet every day, going up and down stairs, lifting and carrying heavy items (up to 50 pounds), and bending often to reach low shelves. All employees help customers find just the right books and gifts, work as cashiers, clean and maintain the store, and work events in store and offsite. It’s a dusty, dirty job that requires stamina, patience, and self-motivation.
You will be shelving, dusting, organizing, and tidying books. You will not be reading them. You will be answering phone calls and emails, and helping customers in the store. You must have basic math and money-handling skills and be a quick study on new computer programs. Above all, you must be adaptable and have a great sense of humor. We look for people who are flexible, reliable, responsible, observant, and hard-working self-starters with personality.
But don't despair. There are perks. The employee discount is sizable, plus you'll have access to free advance reading copies. The rest of the staff are hard-working, reliable, fun, and interesting people who are also avid readers and engaged community members. You'll be a part of Bozeman and bookselling history, as the Country Bookshelf has been a local destination for 60 years. Fabulous authors and speakers visit regularly, and you get to work with them. You’ll make lots of new friends in person, online, and in the pages.
Pay is consistent with our industry, and benefits for full-time staff include employer-paid health insurance, vacation pay, and sick leave.
If this still sounds like a job you would love, stop in to pick up an application and return it with your resume. We do pay attention to writing and communication skills. We receive many applications and therefore cannot follow up with every applicant. Incomplete applications or missing resumes may remove you from consideration.
Successful candidates should be prepared to start training in July.