Post # 1
My sister has recently moved to a new city with her fiance. I am trying to be supportive and I want her to be successful after she is married next September but I just have doubts that she taking a job that will help her get started on her marketing experience. She has called me many times and has been upset because for now she is “cold calling” businesses.
My sister applied for a “Marketing assistant” job at a local dr’s office. This doctor is legally blind and he does motivational speaking and wellness workshops. He has given her the job of cold calling local businesses to see if they would be interested in giving their employees a lunch and learn workshop. This is all the start up process but the doctor insists that he will have her planning the events. He called this “marketing” in the job description but I don’t see a lot of marketing going on, atleast for now. He also has now changed the job description to key holder and has taught her how to do some receptionist duties.
The job is part time and apparently pays her $13 per hour so told her to keep it for now. She is really upset and I was hoping some bees could tell me what’s really going on, if it’s normalin the marketing field, nad if she has a chance of building off this experience to find a full time salaried experience.
Post # 2
llcoolray: it sounds like a lot of jobs I’ve seen advertised as entry level marketing. (tele-marketing…cold calling)
I would suggest that she try her best with this job and keep looking. I’ve always found that it’s easier to get a job when you already have one. This job is obviously not what she expected, for right now it’ll help pay the bills and maybe get her some connections.
Post # 3
MsGinkgo: Do you think her putting it on a resume and maybe sticking wtih it for 6 months could help land a more serious salaried position?
Post # 4
llcoolray: Yes, any experience on a resume will help
Also if she does have the opportunity to set up and run events that will help her a lot in the future as well.
Post # 5
Has she actually gotten a pay check yet? I’ve seen many of these so-called marketing jobs and many of them say they have an hourly rate then to find out they ate really “commission”
Post # 6
llcoolray: I think so. But I also think she should keep looking in the meantime. The is nothing that says she has to stay. Lots of people don’t stay at their first entry level job for very long.
Post # 7
I once had a “marketing” job which I spent a few months walking into local businesses and asking the owners if they wanted to switch phone/internet providers. It was awful and commission only so I actually ended up losing money because I was spending so much on gas. I stuck it out for a few months and it helped me land my next job. I gained experience and now have more respect for cold callers because I understand their struggle.
I’d reccommend staying there and sucking it up while looking for a new job. It’s easier to get another job and to get recruiters to actually look at your resume if you’re currently employed. If she’s still interested in marketing opportunities but not cold calling try looking up jobs in “Corporate Communications” those jobs are usually more traditional marketing rather then just cold selling. Wishing her luck!
Post # 8
Is she actually being paid/ received a pay cheque yet? If so, I’d stick around while actively searching for new opportunities. Experience looks good on a resume, no matter where it comes from.
If not, she may find more benefit in volunteering in her field while searching! She may find some more useful opportunities for skills building.