Why Is It Always Sales?

I’ve been looking for jobs for a while now, and I’m going through all the usual mediums. I’ve got my profile set up on Monster and CareerBuilder. I’m using the university career website. I surf the web and check places like Indeed, which pulls job listings from every known area on the web and allows you to search for and view results in their original listing.

My educational background is simple. I’ve got a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I studied general management. I got an overview of all the main points in running a business as well as courses in all the different areas of business: finance, accounting, economics, human resources, information management, marketing, and logistics. I guess going into it I hoped having the overview would make me a more marketable candidate because I could be more versatile.

Now I’m looking for everything from an administrative assistant/office assistant position to a manager-in-training position to anything in between that looks remotely doable. I’m checking jobs that are specialized, like entry level HR positions or logistics positions. I’m trying to leverage myself as someone who can learn quickly and play nice with others.

Does any of that seem to matter?

Well, I suppose it will when I find the right job. (I say when and not if to keep my spirits up since I am rather depressed about it.)

But today as I’m stuck home still sick and trying in vain to get in touch with my doctor, what do I get?

A phone call from a potential employer who has my resume and wants to interview me. That would be all well and good if this was a call from someone who I submitted a resume to. But it’s a company who saw my resume on one of my public profiles.

The company? Oh, they do brand marketing, direct sales, customer acquisition and retention for Fortune 500 companies, really high level stuff, and what we really want you, RaeNez, to do is work in our account manager position.

Follow the link to their website, and you’ll see the career path starts at account manager. Makes you wonder if that means you’ll be starting from scratch with training, a list of cold calls to make and a prayer to the great commission gods for a bit of leniency in your first sales position.

They said they were looking for leadership. I said I was looking for steady income that wasn’t based on sales and commission. They said I sounded like I was good leadership potential for a position managing a few key reps.

Could I come in for an interview, and oh, by the way, the woman who wants to interview me isn’t available Tuesday or Friday, so would tomorrow work?

Yes, because I’ve been down and out with an ear infection all week. Sounds like a great time to go to an interview. Why not. Because I’m certainly not getting any other offers. And it’s not like I can’t say no when they tell me I have to start on commission-only rates and pray to the commission gods that I’m a good sales person so I, too, can rise above the masses to make that amazing six-figure salary that you, too, can make within your first year on the job.

A bit much on the sarcasm, I know.

In any event, I did say I’d been sick and would likely be home again tomorrow for illness. The response? Great! Can you come in at 2?

That bodes so well for employee health and safety…

We shall see, but my point still stands. Why is it that I always get emails from sales or commission-based jobs that want me to come try my hand in this exciting, new opportunity with unlimited income potential that you, too, should be jumping off a cliff to get to? Because, I’m not sure I’m your girl if all you want is for me to make cold calls and tell people why they should buy this brand new product.

I’d likely say something else. “You want this? No? Okay, didn’t think so. Have a nice day.”

Just saying. I don’t have the personality for sales.

– RaeNez

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Employee Safety & Health Concerns: Ice

So today is one of those normal days where we get an ice storm.

No, wait. That’s wrong. We rarely if ever see sub-freezing temperatures, let alone sub-freezing temperatures combined with precipitation of the snowy or icy variety. Who am I trying to kid? Let me rephrase, then.

Today is a unique day when everyone and everything that has even an ounce of self-preservation is remaining out of sight indoors in the interest of avoiding the sheets of ice on, well, everything outdoors.

The ice covering the plant right outside my front door…

As you can see, it was a bit frozen. I took a few different photos for the sheer beauty of the icicles, but did I go to work this morning at 8 am? No.

Was work called off due to conditions where even the state troopers and fire departments experienced incidents where their vehicles flipped on the side of the road? No.

I had, conveniently enough, scheduled off work for today to enjoy a three day weekend (also a good thing since my throat was so sore I could barely speak when I woke this morning) prior to yesterday’s general workplace pandemonium about increasing weather reports of ice, school closings, and overall danger on the roads. I knew I wouldn’t be at work and was already planning to sleep in.

This morning, my phone started alerting me to the general weather alerts at 7:50 am. It woke me up, so I decided out of curiosity to call the office weather line to see if they had shut down.

For the sake of reference: all county schools in my area and the surrounding areas are closed. Even the local university, which never closes due to weather, has shut down. Most banks and government institutions have even shut their doors today.

I called the weather line only to hear: “This is the weather line report for today, January 25. We are scheduled for regular business hours. Every employee is expected to be in attendance. If you are unable to attend, please inform your supervisor. You will need to use sick or vacation hours. And remember: be safe!”

Yes, be safe. In this?

Icicles dangling from my back deck awning. I was holding onto the wall but slipped just stepping a bit out from under the cover. Silly ice!

Clearly the call center believes the safety of its employees comes before the business.

Clearly.

Might I add that for my department, today was only a four hour workday? Why they couldn’t cancel work in conditions where there have been reports of everything from fire trucks to salt trucks going off the roads is beyond me. I suppose we must shoulder on in the pursuit of collecting on delinquency.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor ice…

…will stop the call center from calling a delinquent account near you.

I suppose if we stopped to worry about employee safety, we might actually concern ourselves with the fact that employees actually have lives, families, and other obligations besides being tethered to the phones. And that might make us remember that makes those employees just the same as us. And heaven forbid we begin treating employees who slave in the call center as equals… because then we might treat them differently.

Ah well, either way, I’m curled cozily in my bed, enjoying my day off, and incredibly grateful I “sacrificed” some vacation time to avoid this beautiful but deadly icy weather.

RaeNez