Should I include my involvement with Eden on a job application for a sex shop?

JessCee JessCee
I am seriously considering applying for a job here at a local sex shop. I feel like I am really experienced with sex toys and anything sex related because I've been hanging around here at Eden since 2008!In that time I have collected quite a bit of knowledge! So, I think it would be a really good point to include that in my application to give me a better chance of getting the job.

Would this be the wrong thing to do?

If you think it would be a good idea, how would you incorporate that into your application/interview?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes. I would include the information about reviewing for Eden.
76  (99%)
No. I would NOT include the information about reviewing for Eden.
1  (1%)
Total votes: 77
Poll is closed
02/20/2012
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prttynink prttynink
The more knowledge you can display to a potential employer the better
02/20/2012
SaMiKaY SaMiKaY
I actually included Eden on a recent application for a sex shop in my neighborhood as well.

It was included under an extra-curricular activities section instead of employment. Haven't heard back from them though!
02/20/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
Yea seems like it could only help you. You have experience with sex toys and reviewing them. It's a great idea.
02/20/2012
JessCee JessCee
Quote:
Originally posted by SaMiKaY
I actually included Eden on a recent application for a sex shop in my neighborhood as well.

It was included under an extra-curricular activities section instead of employment. Haven't heard back from them though!
Good idea! I was wondering where I would put it! Hope you hear from them!!! *fingers crossed*
02/20/2012
GonetoLovehoney GonetoLovehoney
I've been wondering about that as well. I plan to apply to an adult store in madison when I move up there. It'd be a great place for a first-time job, and I think I could handle the unavoidable creepers.
02/20/2012
Eliza Eliza
Absolutely! I don't see why it wouldn't help you.
02/20/2012
JessCee JessCee
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
Absolutely! I don't see why it wouldn't help you.
Yes, this is what I'm thinking. I just want to make sure there isn't something I'm overlooking here.
02/20/2012
GONE! GONE!
Seems like a good idea to me!
02/20/2012
js250 js250
If your experience here at Edens helps you with a different job, by all means use it!! Good luck!!
02/20/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by JessCee
I am seriously considering applying for a job here at a local sex shop. I feel like I am really experienced with sex toys and anything sex related because I've been hanging around here at Eden since 2008!In that time I have collected quite a bit ... More
I would think that if you have the opportunity to show that you are knowledgeable about the products being sold in the place you are applying to work then you should take the opportunity to show your stuff! You can show you are articulate and helpful, win/win!

If you are worried about people knowing what's in your personal stash, however, then it might be better to wait till you have the job.
02/20/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
Why not, you prove even more professionalism with it I assume...
02/20/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I would include it. I'd include that you've been a member here since 2008 and are very knowledgeable about whatever you know about.(vibrators, plugs, lubricants, bondage, dildos etc.)
02/20/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Yes, but I heard that it might hurt too. I had a friend that was not allowed to sign up for Eden because she worked at a sex shop... we were competition.
02/20/2012
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
I work in a brick and mortar sex shop. Do **NOT** put it on your actual resume. That is a document they keep and can always refer back to throughout your employment history. Do not put it on there.

Why? Because like Lauren hit on, eden is their competition. Most sex stores have a no competition clause. Plus, if you buy a product at their store with your employee discount then write a review on it, they can come after your job because you are profiting (affiliate sales and such) from a product you got from them.

Now, like everyone before me has said, it is a very valuable piece of information and one that will definitely help you get the job. So when you turn in your resume/application, ask to speak to the hiring manager. Tell him/her that you left off some experience you had because you weren't sure where it fit. THEN explain you've been a reviewer/etc. This way it is verbal, not written down. Show off your skills, start talking about the newest products or about toy safety. This is all stuff that you know that they will save training time on.

The experience is definitely an asset, just don't resume it.
02/20/2012
froggiemoma froggiemoma
Why not?
02/20/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I posted the same question a while ago if you want more input than you already have;
link

I did, but I never heard back. I'm gonna try again in the summer.
02/20/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
I work in a brick and mortar sex shop. Do **NOT** put it on your actual resume. That is a document they keep and can always refer back to throughout your employment history. Do not put it on there.

Why? Because like Lauren hit on, eden is ... More
Great advice!

It may hurt or help, but at least it won't be written down!
02/20/2012
martb40 martb40
Quote:
Originally posted by JessCee
I am seriously considering applying for a job here at a local sex shop. I feel like I am really experienced with sex toys and anything sex related because I've been hanging around here at Eden since 2008!In that time I have collected quite a bit ... More
I'd give you a reference lol. Seriously though, I don't think you need too much experience for the average sex shop but listing eden fantasys won't do any harm.
02/20/2012
LusciousLollypop LusciousLollypop
I think you should definitely tell them about your extensive background and knowledge of sex toys. If you are applying to a sex shop.. they want someone who knows their stuff. But definitely tell them verbally. Talk with a manager who is doing the hiring.
02/20/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
I think it would display knowledge and experience! Sounds perfect.
02/20/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
It can only help - go for it!
02/20/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
I work in a brick and mortar sex shop. Do **NOT** put it on your actual resume. That is a document they keep and can always refer back to throughout your employment history. Do not put it on there.

Why? Because like Lauren hit on, eden is ... More
This makes a lot of sense. I applied at a sex toy shop before I got back into health care. I did tell the manager what I did for Eden and gave her a link and a few other things from Eden. I was more than qualified for the job. However, I didn't get it. The manager referred me to the main manager and this woman seemed put off when I explained what I did for Eden.

I don't know if it was because it was the competition or she was personally intimidated (she started "quizzing" me on toys, materials etc after I mentioned Eden, and didn't seem happy I knew the answer. Some managers want a blank slate to "train" their way.) At any rate, I didn't get the job. I got no feedback on why, but I wonder if the manager didn't want competition for the shop or her own job. (FTR, I didn't want her job, it was a part time asst manager position that I should have been hired for with their eyes closed. I have found, however that being overqualified for a job can be as bad as being under qualified.)

I agree with Lauren and T. McScandal that you may want to mention it but not to put anything in writing. Also, feel out the person who interviews you, if she seems to be the type who fears for her job.... well, I don't have any suggestions, but some people in retail think everyone is after their jobs, when they simply aren't.

Also figure in that three people on this thread alone applied at sex toy shops, mentioned their work on Eden and none of us got the job! Food for thought. I have found that unlike even a decade ago, most retail brick and mortar shops that sell anything are more concerned about how they can TRAIN you and less about what you actually have experience in doing.
02/20/2012
Beck Beck
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
I work in a brick and mortar sex shop. Do **NOT** put it on your actual resume. That is a document they keep and can always refer back to throughout your employment history. Do not put it on there.

Why? Because like Lauren hit on, eden is ... More
I never even thought about it, but this makes sense. I think I would just prove my basic knowledge and leave out the Eden stuff. Start talking to them about all the knowledge you know about sex toys and surely you can get the job.
02/21/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Another aspect they might be considering is that some people, after getting to know more about toys, start talking down materials and manufacturers. This isn't really good for sales. They probably don't want to risk it.
02/21/2012
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Another aspect they might be considering is that some people, after getting to know more about toys, start talking down materials and manufacturers. This isn't really good for sales. They probably don't want to risk it.
Very very true. It was my biggest problem because I'd rather sell someone a $50 silicone toy versus the real skin $70 toy. My boss keeps on me about it, but I've learned ways to get around it too. It's hard though when you are coming from the internet and the information about bad materials is right there at your fingertips. I'm always surprised at what people are willing to put into themselves.
02/21/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
Very very true. It was my biggest problem because I'd rather sell someone a $50 silicone toy versus the real skin $70 toy. My boss keeps on me about it, but I've learned ways to get around it too. It's hard though when you are coming ... More
I wouldn't use "bad material". I'd inform the person of its qualities and compare it to others using more objective descriptions/qualities and let them choose which product they'd want to buy. It's one thing to inform them, it's another to skew their perceptions to think a material is "bad".

Some people don't care about how porous a toy is, they just want it.
02/21/2012
snuggly snuggly
I don't see why you wouldn't, it could only help
02/21/2012
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
I wouldn't use "bad material". I'd inform the person of its qualities and compare it to others using more objective descriptions/qualities and let them choose which product they'd want to buy. It's one thing to inform them, ... More
Very true. We aren't allowed to use the term 'phthalates' or 'yeast infection' or 'cervical cancer'. Which makes how I describe jelly toys very hard. I have it down to a science though. I tell people- "This is not a santizable material and can harbor bacteria. If you are sensitive then the material could lead to irritation. THIS (pointing to a silicone toy) is a medical grade material which doesn't lead to irritations and doesn't harbor bacteria."
02/21/2012
acessorie acessorie
You can always include it and its up to them if they are going to use it or disregard it.
If you don't include it at all then they will never see it!
02/21/2012
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