Grocery Management Awards: ten tips for success!

There are many criteria it takes to be named Grocery Manager of the Year; here are some top tips
There are many criteria involved in being named Grocery Manager of the Year; here are some top tips

Entry for the ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards closes this Thursday, 28 March. Make sure you get your entry in and take a few minutes to read our top tips on how you can give yourself the best possible chance of winning.

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26 March 2019 | 0

  1. Get your entry in on time! If you’re not in you can’t win.
  2. Be careful to put yourself forward for the correct category, ie don’t enter the overall manager category if you work primarily in the deli/bakery – there is a category for every area of the business.
  3. Encourage your colleagues to enter. Every award is a good reflection on you and your store.
  4. If you get shortlisted, make sure you let your staff and customers know this. This is already an achievement and will help to boost morale and build excitement about the awards night.
  5. Again if shortlisted, make sure you make yourself available for interview – this is excellent experience and a chance to demonstrate the scope of your role and how you interact with people which is always a characteristic of a strong manager.
  6. Before going for interview, take some time to think about your strengths as a manager and the main points you would like to get across in the interview.
  7. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview and take some extra time when you arrive to relax and get your thoughts together. Retail is such a busy industry and we are used to rushing around. If you leave it until the last minute to arrive for your interview you may not do yourself justice and scupper your chances of succeeding.
  8. Even if you are not accustomed to being interviewed, relax and remember that you are speaking about something that you know more about than the person interviewing you. Be confident. You are there for a good reason.
  9. Enjoy the night of the awards. It’s a great occasion to catch up with old colleagues and meet your counterparts in the industry. This in itself can be very motivating.
  10. If you are lucky enough to win one of the overall awards, congrats! This is fantastic achievement and you should enjoy the buzz and bring that back to your business. Past winners always speak of the excitement a win generates among staff, colleagues and customers alike.

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