Career Advice Please!

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CarolinaPeach13:  First, ANY experience is good experience, hopefully in a related field of what you ultimately ‘want to do’.  Whether it be internships, PT, FT or a commission-based job.  IF sales/marketing is something you dream of doing, then this is not necessarily a wrong step for you.  If it is not at all, and/or your internship IS in a field that is completely different (but more ‘in tune’ with your goals), then that is where I would stay.

Ultimately, it *sounds* as if you are looking for a paycheck, and this is an opportunity that has presented an offer to you.  Aside from my personal feelings on the job description (per your post) is this something you WANT TO DO?!  When it comes to commission-based jobs, in  my honest opinion, you will make money because you are driven to succeed.  If there are reservations on walking into offices, cold-calling, or really – a lack of drive to make that sale – then you will be doing yourself and the company a disservice.  (I am a hiring manager, and I loathe taking people thru the entire process, which costs a company time and money, to have them walk-off, quit or resign so soon after they are hired).

I know, money talks, but you will find something else if this is not – essentially – something you really really want to do.  

Post # 3
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6026 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If it’s contacting/visiting customers who have already expressed an interest in the service, then it might not be a bad gig, but if it is cold-calling (just showing up to random businesses and trying to make a sale) I would probably turn it down. There is an insane amount of competition in the industry. It’s a fairly well saturated marketplace. With no or close to no base salary and heavy compensation based on commission only, you need to be selling a product that fits an actual business need rather than something everyone already has.

Post # 5
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1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CarolinaPeach13:  So I said I would not share my personal opinion on the job description in your OP, but now I will.  I feel that these ‘types’ of companies lure in new employees, by offering a ton of promise on advancement, but end up NOT delivering.  OR, delivering their promises when you have worked above and beyond – way above and beyond – what you were told you were hired to do.  NOT ALL sales jobs are like this, certainly, but I know a lot of people that got sucked into the same ‘sales pitch’, only to have walked away when the job demands were too much pressure, with little benefit.  

Just recently, my sister’s bf left his dream of a ‘lucrative’ career with a pretty famous loan underwriting/origination company. His 40-hour a week job, ended up being 7 days per week, 10-12 hour days, because as a TEAM they had to match their goals for the month.  If their goal was 20 loans/team member, and he cold called for hours, and got 25 (or whatever), his paycheck would not reflect that.  He was bringing home $300/week at some points, which was not worth it for him.  THIS is the stuff he was not told in the hiring process. He was told he would make money, he would be a team leader down the road, etc.  He felt lied too, essentially.

THIS IS NOT TO SCARE YOU, and I am sorry if it does, but I am trying to put into perspective some things I have heard or seen about direct sales jobs.  It is not say that you will not hit your goals, and run your own office!!!  You can, IF YOU WANT IT, but at the same time, it will require a lot of drive and stamina to get there, and that is where the job you are applying for today really matters…

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CarolinaPeach13:  Again, do not take my ‘thoughts’ as the end all be all.  Is there any way you can research company turnover, etc?!  Maybe all their promises are 100% accurate?!

If you decide to turn it down, then call the contact whom made the offer and say “I want to thank you, and everyone else I met or spoke with, on taking the time to interview me.  At this time, I have decided to turn down this offer, as I realized this was not the direction I had envisioned with my career goals”…

Something quick, and professional. They may try to question you further, or maybe, lure you in with a better offer, so be prepared for that 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

CarolinaPeach13:  Is this a cold calling sales job?   Because that’s a hard job, you can really be hit or miss with people.  And to me that’s not a dependable job.  Find something that makes you happy or that you can live with while paying the bills.  Being completely miserable or somewhat miserable at the start of a job is not a good sign.

Post # 11
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3531 posts
Sugar bee

CarolinaPeach13:  I wouldn’t be comfortable with a job like that.  I got offered a job like that with those kind of hours.  I ended up turning it down.  I didn’t have a job and desperately needed one, but didn’t want to take one that was going to make me very uncomfortable so I ended up waiting.  I’m glad I did, because I found a job better suited for me down the road and have kept it since.

Post # 12
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5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

CarolinaPeach13:  I would run away. Why are people who have so little experience becoming Managers? That tells me that there is a lot of turn over when inexperienced people move up that quickly. Also, I don’t think I would take a job that I wasn’t getting paid at least a base salary during the training period. Just shows me that they really dont care about you, just the bottom line.

If you decide to leave, all you have to say is “Upon further reflection, I do not think I would be a good fit for you team and will not be taking the job. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

Post # 13
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5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

CarolinaPeach13:  Have you looked into Temping? It’s a great way to get into a company, see how they work and often times they hire Temps full-time (how I got one of my fave jobs). Even if the first position you get isn’t what you want, it makes it easier to move around the company. 

If there is a large employer in your area, call the HR dept and see what Temp Angency they use, then sign up with them.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

CarolinaPeach13:  Don’t feel bad. I have a feeling for a job like that, they get lots of people backing out. You had to do what is best for you. And until you had the interview, you really didnt know what the full deal on the job was. 

Let us know how the job search goes–Good Luck!

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