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The following position(s) are at our shop in Alameda, CA. Those interested in employment can e-mail their cover letter and resume (preferred) or our employment application to Bead Inspirations is an equal opportunity employer. If the listing has not been updated in the last 2 months, please verify that it is current before applying.

Part-Time Sales Associate
Updated 11/8/16

We are looking for additional help during the holiday season (starting now).

In this job, you'll have the opportunity every day to inspire people's natural creativity in our retail bead store in Alameda. We hire friendly people who want to provide excellent customer service. The shop sells ready-to-wear handmade jewelry as well as gorgeous beads, beading supplies. We offer jewelry-making classes and jewelry repairs.  The associate will have the opportunity to inspire others through their love of beading or help them select unique handmade jewelry.  Also, you may need to assist with jewelry repairs and may be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the store space, setting up displays, computer work, inventory work and other behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running a retail operation. Plus, you get to wear fabulous jewelry every day! Check out our website to learn more about Bead Inspirations:

The following is required as part of your regular work schedule:

  • Saturday or Sunday every week (6-8 hour shifts)
  • One or more weekday evening shifts per week (minimum 3:00-7:00pm)

You'll also be needed during these times:

  • Paid staff meetings (approx. 2 hours) outside of your regular work schedule, when scheduled
  • Saturdays in December
  • Thanksgiving weekend; 2 of the 3 days

Essential Qualifications:

  • Previous beading experience and interest in learning more (does not have to be extensive, but at least some.)
  • Friendly, outgoing personality
  • Strong computer skills
    - Need to operate different styles of mice with ease and speed (without a significant learning curve)
    - Previous experience with Excel, Word, and Windows platform
    - Ability to navigate quickly between open windows on a computer
    - Ability to learn new programs with a positive, can-do spirit
    - Have used computer at least 4 days a week in the past 2 years as part of your normal routine

Other Qualifications:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to stand, walk, and work on your feet in a fast paced environment for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 15 pounds, bend and climb ladders in order to do floor displays, backroom activities and store maintenance
  • Professional appearance
  • Able to work harmoniously within a team
  • Tendency to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment

Employees are eligible for jewelry-making classes, employee discounts, and opportunities to learn to teach classes. We offer the opportunity to be part of an inspiring team in a creative environment. Compensation depends on experience. Although the position starts off as part-time holiday help, there may be opportunity for part-time or full-time after the holidays.  Additional work hours may be available if you have skills or are willing to learn website maintenance and and email marketing and social media marketing.

Our position of Sales Associate requires previous beading experience, since people come in the shop looking to our staff for answers to their beading questions and jewelry repair questions. Although employees get on-the-job and off-the-job training, we need people who aleady have some familiarity with making jewelry. Please only apply for this position if you have previous beading experience and can work the days listed.

Interested, but don't have beading or jewelry-making experience?

If you don't have beading or jewelry-making experience, it does not take too much time to learn. If it is of interest to you, you could take one of our classes. We offer a Free Introduction to Jewelry Making Class on the first Saturday of each month, as well as many beginner classes that have class fees. We also have extra help and internship opportunities that do not require beading experience. We have projects that involve posting events on facebook and meetup, uploading email addresses to our online email service provider, and other computer data entry and inventory tasks. This is a position where you'd be paid as a contractor (not an employee), working one day a week for  3-5 hours per week on Monday, Thursday or Friday. Please let us know if you are interested in helping in that way.

Other Opportunities

We may have Operational Internship opportunities available in exchange for store credit that do not require previous beading experience. These would involve bagging items, tagging, cleaning, data entry. This would give you some experience and familiarity with the merchandise, our systems, and allow you to gain experience. Typically interns would work a 3-5 hour shift between 11:30 and 6:30 once a week on Monday, Thursday or Friday.

People with beading experience can be considered for class instructor or kid's beading party instructor.

In addition to helping out on the sales floor, people with other skills and experience can take additional responsibility for operational tasks for increased compensation. Responsibilities may include: maintaining our email list, web order fulfillment; assist with preparing purchase orders, receiving & other inventory tasks, promote classes, implement store promotions using various media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, various websites; maintain merchandising; prepare in-store signage website maintenance; bookkeeping; perform administrative tasks; or sales management.

If you have any of these qualifications, there may be additional opportunities:

  • Previous retail or retail management experience
  • Fluency with Excel
  • Experience with social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
  • Good communications skills, written and verbal
  • Good math skills
  • Photoshop
  • Website maintenance using html and/or dreamweaver

Web Operations Associate
Updated 8/14/16 - we are not currently looking for this position, however  if you are interested in it, let's talk. Also, Sales Associates with these skills could take some of these responsibilities and increase their hours and pay.

You'll be responsible for updating our website, identifying items to purchase, receiving shipments, creating receiving vouchers, inventory work, order fulfillment, computer work, class logistics, creating marketing emails, posting on social networks, and other behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running a thriving retail operation. If you have the following qualifications, we'd love to talk to you.


  • Strong computer skills:
    • Fluency using Excel, including experience with:
      • Sorting
      • Creating formulas
      • Dragging formulas across multiple cells
      • Formatting cells
      • Selecting print areas
    • Experience with Windows platform
    • Ability to navigate quickly between open windows on a computer
    • Ability to learn new programs quickly with a positive, can-do spirit
    • Ability to operate different styles of mice with ease and speed (without a significant learning curve)
  • Good writing skills for customer service emails
  • Good math skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work efficiently, thoroughly, and quickly, while observing attention to detail
  • Ability to work both individually and harmoniously within a team

These Qualifications are a plus:

  • Familiarity with Dreamweaver and/or html
  • Ability to modify pictures with Photoshop, Corel, or comparable program
  • Experience posting on social networks, including Facebook, twitter, pinterest
  • Previous beading experience

This position would start with a 4-6 hour shift one weekday per week as part of your regular work schedule.. With additional experience, the position is likely to grow into additional hours. Opportunity for additional responsibilities, compensation, and full time work in the future exist.

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