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Rainmakers come from all over.

If you want to sell lots of jewelry, it helps to hire great salespeople.

But where to find them?

As we collect responses for this year’s Big Survey, we’re bringing you a few highlights from years past. We call them Big Survey Flashbacks.

Today we bring you an item from our 2012 survey: “If you have sales staff, where did you find your best-ever salesperson?”

Here’s how the answers broke down:

  • Hired from among regular customers — 13 percent.
  • Recruited from another retail business — 12 percent.
  • Recruited from a non-retail business (e.g. doctor’s office) — 2 percent.
  • Recruited from another jewelry store — 11 percent.
  • Staff recommendation — 10 percent.
  • Friend or relative’s recommendation — 10 percent.
  • Via an industry contact (GIA, vendor, buying group) — 9 percent.
  • From within the extended family (including spouse, in-law) — 6 percent.
  • Online ad — 6 percent.

Other responses included walk-in (5 percent), employment service (4 percent), sign in the front window (1 percent), Facebook, hired a friend, church, radio ad, college job board, trained-up gift wrapper (all less than 1 percent). 

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Want to have your say on the industry and what it means to own or manage an American jewelry store in 2017? Click HERE to take the latest INSTORE Big Survey. (The survey will probably take about 20 minutes to complete and is designed to be taken solely by store owners and managers.)

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Here’s Where Jewelers Found Their Best Salesperson

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Rainmakers come from all over.

If you want to sell lots of jewelry, it helps to hire great salespeople.

But where to find them?

As we collect responses for this year’s Big Survey, we’re bringing you a few highlights from years past. We call them Big Survey Flashbacks.

Today we bring you an item from our 2012 survey: “If you have sales staff, where did you find your best-ever salesperson?”

Here’s how the answers broke down:

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  • Hired from among regular customers — 13 percent.
  • Recruited from another retail business — 12 percent.
  • Recruited from a non-retail business (e.g. doctor’s office) — 2 percent.
  • Recruited from another jewelry store — 11 percent.
  • Staff recommendation — 10 percent.
  • Friend or relative’s recommendation — 10 percent.
  • Via an industry contact (GIA, vendor, buying group) — 9 percent.
  • From within the extended family (including spouse, in-law) — 6 percent.
  • Online ad — 6 percent.

Other responses included walk-in (5 percent), employment service (4 percent), sign in the front window (1 percent), Facebook, hired a friend, church, radio ad, college job board, trained-up gift wrapper (all less than 1 percent). 

Want to have your say on the industry and what it means to own or manage an American jewelry store in 2017? Click HERE to take the latest INSTORE Big Survey. (The survey will probably take about 20 minutes to complete and is designed to be taken solely by store owners and managers.)

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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