Ernest Jones is a UK jewellery and watchmaking specialist which has been in the business since the end of the 1940s. Although you could find a job at Ernest Jones at any time throughout the year, the company is a seasonal recruiter and often hires extra staff for busy trading periods; meaning that there is a decent chance for students to pick up a Christmas job at Ernest Jones.
Ernest Jones is famous for retailing in diamonds and upmarket brands like Breitling, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Longines, Omega, Rado, TAG Heuer, Ted Baker and Yoko London.
The jewellery retailer started out with one shop on Oxford Street in London, but has grown to a chain of around 200 stores. Ernest Jones is now part of the Signet Group which is the world's largest specialty retail jeweller and also encompasses the Sterling Jewelers, Leslie Davis and H Samuel brand names. In total, Signet Jewelers provides full and part time jobs for over 17,000 people worldwide.
But, Ernest Jones is always looking for good quality people to join their ranks. They pride themselves on quality rather than quantity, and this is what they say on their website:
“Our sales are more than double our closest rival and to keep this enviable position we invest more in people and products than any other. It’s not just about being the biggest - it’s about being the best. A trusted and respected name for customers - a great place to start your career.”
Jobs at Ernest Jones can be split into two distinct areas. First there is the retail side of the business where you might be able to find a position within an Ernest Jones store on either a permanent or temporary basis. There are also support jobs available at Ernest Jones’ head office in Birmingham.
Typical retail positions in store at Ernest Jones include vacancies for Sales Associates and you can often find those on the approach to Christmas. If you excel in one of those roles at Ernest Jones then you could be asked to step up a level into a management position for one of their stores.
To narrow down your job search to your particular student area or home town you can do a quick search on the Ernest Jones store finder, which you can find here.
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