Working in a Florist Shop
You will need to be able
to work efficiently. A typical day in a florist shop could
include wreaths for an early morning funeral, posies, bowl and
basket arrangements. Often a posy or a sheaf of flowers will need to be
made up while the customer waits.
A good employee has common sense, a positive attitude, is an honest
and willing worker who sees what needs doing and does it in a
cheerful and efficient manner.
An employer will appreciate a capable trustworthy employee who has the
employer interest of the employee at heart and will co-operate and help
with any duties involved in the running of the florist business.
Applying for a Position in a Florist Shop.
You should present yourself favourably, be well
groomed, polite and have an enthusiastic manner. If you have any
references from previous positions, report cards or personal
references, take these with you. You may like to take samples or
photographs of yourfloral designs. Naturally, any photographs or samples should
be of a high standard with the flowers arranged attractively and
colours blended tastefully. Any wiring and taping should be neatly
The florist may ask you to make up a bowl arrangement, posy or a sheaf.
You will be expected to choose suitable flowers and foliage in colours
which blend well together and make up a professional looking design in
a reasonable amount of time (approximately 15-20 minutes for a standard
arrangement). Do not worry if you are a bit nervous. Florists are
usually understanding people and will make allowances for this. It is
far better to be a little nervous rather than have an over confident
and "know it all" manner.
A few years ago a position for a florist was advertised for a junior in a very busy
florist shop in a leading shopping centre in Melbourne. There were over
forty applicants, but one of our students was successful because she
could show the florist she was capable of doing quality work.
After the interview is over thank the employer for seeing you, and if
the position offered appeals to you, you could say "I am very impressed
with your shop" or "I would really like the opportunity of working for
you". An employer would much rather employ a person who is enthusiastic and really wants
the position in preference to someone who has an unenthusiastic attitude.
OWNING YOUR OWN FLORIST SHOP.
Many people find the idea of going into business
for themselves very tempting. You may want to open your own florist
shop, but you should be fully aware of all the facts before you make a
decision to start up or buy into a business.