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With over 200 stores across the United Kingdom, Matalan, the discount clothing and homeware retailer, is always a good option for students and graduates looking for a full or part time job. They offer a range of roles to suit all levels of experience and often upscale their recruitment for busy periods like the Christmas holidays.

The first Matalan opened in Preston in 1985 after founder John Hargreaves saw the success of similar discount retail models in the United States.

The retailer now has a presence in many major student towns and cities and you can use the Matalan store finder to see where your nearest outlet is. The stores are usually based out-of-town to keep down operating costs, but there should be a Matalan within reach of where you are studying. You never know, they might be hiring right at this moment...

Positions in store at Matalan include roles as sales assistants, stock replenishers, cash assistants, shop floor workers and stockroom assistants.

For all of these types of positions at Matalan, whether on a full time or part time basis, you will need to use your best customer service skills and show how enthusiastic you can be about working for the retailer.

New workers who catch the eye of supervisors at Matalan could soon be asked to step up to the plate and move up through the company hierarchy to become retail managers.

As mentioned above, Matalan is one of the many retailers which hires in greater numbers at Christmas. So, if you are looking for a Christmas job during your break from college or university then start checking for Matalan Christmas vacancies being advertised from around September onwards.

Matalan’s head office is located at Skelmersdale in the North West of England and could throw up some opportunities for people looking for longer term work with a top retailer. Areas you could specialise in include: Buying, Customer Services, Design, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Merchandising and Store Operations.

There are also distribution centres for Matalan in Skelmersdale, Knowsley and Corby, so, if you are studying anywhere nearby, then they could be other avenues to explore for full or part time work opportunities.

Graduates with a 2:1 degree (or better) can also apply for the Matalan graduate programme, which, in addition to a great training and development process, also includes a handsome starting salary, 33 days holiday and in-store discount. Recruitment for the Matalan graduate programme tends to run from late February through till the middle of June.

If it seems like Matalan could offer the sort of retail job that you would excel in, then check out and apply for any vacancies now listed below. Or take a look at what is going on on the Matalan Facebook and Twitter accounts to the left. You should also pay a visit to the Matalan Jobs Pages for further info.

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