What kind of skills are appreciated in someone who works at a book store or any quaint little shop?
I'm a soon-to-be ex-NEET who's applying to one of those for his first job at 25. I've got decent people skills and I enjoy reading and being around books, but it feels like that's not enough for my motivation letter to convince them. My age, lack of experience and the fact that I'm (currently) a highschool dropout screw me over already, so I really need to make a good first impression. I'm pretty sure I'm able to do this, but I just need an idea of what they're looking for.
So in short, what kind of skills does a shop like that need?
I think they like to know if you can organize things. And if its a business, they probably want you to be like, sort of friendly. I don't think there's exactly a lot of qualifications. I would just say be confident about your understanding of what someone might be able to need to know in order to be competent, nay proficient, at sweeping aisles and making sure all the books are where they belong doesn't require you to be able to do more than count to 100, alphabetize, and learn how to clean.
Depends on the store.
Chains tend to be filled with whoever happens to be around that has a passion for books, and some knowledge about that. Lot's of college kids, and people with no real degree's, but most of them with a passion for reading, and a chunk of them are writers trying to catch a break and get published.
A lot of small bookstores and boutiques are filled with library Science Master's level graduates. A lot of them specialize in hunting down or restoring rare books.
Source: My girlfriend is a library science major who worked at Barnes and Nobles for 4 years. My friend's brother's has his Masters in Library science and has been "volunteering" at libraries to try to get a librarian job (for like 3 years now) while working at bookstores.