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is it as depressing as i'm imagining?
And I loved it!
But I also did one day in a 'proper' sales job and loooathed it!!
My sister lived there for a while.
I paid loads in commission, it was great.
I spent most of it on CDs from Bedford MVC. most of those are now gone. time well spent!
An old dear answered the phone saying how much pain her arthritis caused her when getting up to answer the phone and that was me done.
In fairness she should have looked into purchasing a cordless phone.
Tis one of those things.
If you're into it, it's fun and you'll make a killing.
If not it's pretty depressing
I got promoted and everything. I would argue that pretending to be someone you're not, (I am very, very shy) can be helpful to you... in small doses.
and usualy the people that buy it are the vulnarable/confused and lonely people who take it out, when I can assure you for the most part it's a massively overpriced con and it made me feel horribly guilty.
The commission was alright but I HATED it
aside from working in retail, virgin megastore and habitat, which were mostly fun jobs alongside amiable bods with little real responsibility. dunno whether that really counts as 'sales' though. they were waged by the hour jobs rather commission reliant and therefore pretty stress-free.
sales usually involves direct contact with the buying public. this will sometimes be in response to genuine enquiries, which mightn't be too bad cos it's nice to help people who want to be helped out. or it could be unsolicited harassment, which will likely be 'orrible unless you're particularly disposed toward that kind of thing.
telemarketing = telesales = sounds like a nightmare
yer actual marketing is normally gonna be the stuff that goes on mostly behind the scenes innit. more of a steady office job with meetings and dealing with other office people and shizz. probably could be fun if your soul allows it and you can sleep at night.
if you're selling a shit product or you're just not any good at it (ie. not an over-agressive cunt) it'll be really hard, poorly paid and you'll just worried about getting fired every day you walk in.
They have to do cold calling and it's just rubbish even listening to them so i'd hate to do it. Also, the company didn't want them to feel crap by calling them sales support staff so got them business cards saying "Business Developer". I don't have a business card though but i'm not jealous.
I get paid loads and it's great. Really good atmosphere in the call centre and we all have a laugh if anyone gets an angry person on the other end.
the call centre i worked in was one floor up from the arts campus of my college, so there were always a few students working there. I worked with a good friend for together for a year and it was good fun. Also phoning people with great names 'Mr Bates', 'Prof Drinkwater', 'Diane Kunt' etc.
fuck sales until it bleeds. fuck it until its arse is raw and its mouth frozen open. fuck it. fuck sales. fuck all sales ever.
i am going to live my life without working in sales - that is my one condition. having been to about three or four sales interviews and left each one feeling like the lowest fucking creature alive, i can confidently say that sales can go and get fucked. hard. fuck sales.
BUT WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION
I do it at the moment.
I also did it in Oz. Coldcalling, selling Telstra (which is hated by most people) found that pretty hard.