How do you get a job in..?
13 December 2011 Last updated at 16:55 GMT
The retail sector is one of the country's biggest employers, with an estimated three million people working in thousands of shops across the UK.
Some companies have had a hard time during the economic downturn, with big names disappearing from the High Street, but others are growing and taking on new staff.
Jo Mackie, who is head of recruitment for Superdrug, the beauty chain with more than 900 stores, says it is important to work hard and seize every opportunity.
Before you give out your CV to local shops, have a look at BBC News' guide to writing a good CV.
And take a look at BBC Three's guide to working with customers.
You can find some general advice on looking for a job here. The government's Next Step site has advice on planning a career and there is further advice on Skills Development Scotland's My World of Work site.