Sales or General labour??


Giraldi_Theirrey
#1
Just had 2 job offerings today, but I like some opinion from you guys too.

Let me describe the 2 in detail.

1) Salesman

Company: Direct Energy

Product: fixed rate Gas and elimination of surcharge on your bill

Pay: 12.50 hr + commission. 8 hours, 5 days.

work: knocking door to door, with no idea whether the person is a registered customer or not.

What I DON'T know: How is fixed price a scam? Please show the math.

What I know: The manager said is willing to pay me salary, but said that if I don't keep up with the quota, then I can get fired.
This means that in order for me to keep this job, I have to hard sell.

concern: Is being a door to door salesman morally wrong?? Do you hate the sales guy more or the guy the runs the company??
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Job#2: General Labour

Company: factory. (forgot name)

Pay: $9.50, 8 hours, 5 days

work: lifting items, assembly lines, machinery operation, etc.

What I know: alot fewer money. People around you will respect you if you work hard.

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bottom line: Because choosing a job path is a critical and important decision, I would like your opinion. Will you become a sales guy rather than a general labour guy if the sales job pays more??

will I lose my identity if I become a salesperson?? Do you fail to see salespeople as human just as how I fail to see Canada as being sane in my very first post??

I remember a rumor of a prankster who answered the door with a loaded super-soaker water gun and drenched the sales guy before closing the door. would you do that??

what do you think?? sales or general labour?
 
undergradNITZ
#2
well if u like talking to people and understanding them and stuff then go for the sales...but if ur not that good at talking to people then go for the labour one.... if the labour one was a machanic or building a type of vehicle then i would take it cuz i like that stuff....
 
peapod
#3
Theirrey go for the laborer. That way if its a hot day and you have to take your shirt off, women in office buildings love construction workers working with no shirt on, heck most women like it. The door to door salesman job can cause misunderstandings as in the following little story.

The Smiths, a young couple, have no children and a proxy father is due to arrive. Leaving for work, Mr. Smith says, "I'm off. The government man should be here soon." Moments later a door-to-door baby photographer rings the bell.

Mrs. Smith: "Good morning."

Salesman: "Good morning, madam. You don't know me, but I've come to....."

Mrs. Smith: (Interrupting) "No need to explain, I've been expecting you."

Salesman: "Really? Well, good. I've made a specialty of babies, specially twins."

Mrs. Smith: "That's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat."

Salesman: (Sitting) "Then you don't need to be sold on the idea?"

Mrs. Smith: "Don't concern yourself. My husband and I both agree this is the right thing to do."

Salesman: "Well, perhaps we should get down to it?"

Mrs. Smith: (Blushing) "Just where do we start?"

Salesman: "Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch and perhaps a couple on the bed. Sometimes the living room floor allows the subject to really spread out."

Mrs. Smith: "Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it hasn't worked for Harry and me."

Salesman: "Well, madam, none of us can guarantee a good one every time, but if we try several locations and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results. In fact, my business card says, 'I aim to please.'"

Mrs. Smith: "Pardon me, but isn't this a little informal?"

Salesman: "Madam, in my line of work, a man must be at ease and take his time. I'd love to be in and out in five minutes, but you'd be disappointed with that."

Mrs. Smith: "Don't I know! Have you had much success at this?"

Salesman: (Opening his briefcase and finding baby pictures) "Just look at this picture. Believe it or not, it was done on top of a bus in downtown London."

Mrs. Smith: "Oh, my!!"

Salesman: "And here are pictures of the prettiest twins in town. They turned out exceptionally well when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with."

Mrs. Smith: "She was?"

Salesman: "Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her down to Hyde Park to get the job done right. I've never worked under such impossible conditions. People were crowding around four and five deep, pushing to get a good look."

Mrs. Smith: "Four and five deep?"

Salesman: "Yes and for more than three hours, too. The mother got so excited she started bouncing around, squealing and yelling at the crowd. I couldn't concentrate. I'm afraid I had to ask a couple of men to restrain her. By that time darkness was approaching and I began to rush my shots. When the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment I just packed it all in."

Mrs. Smith: "You mean they actually chewed on your, eh.., equipment?"

Salesman: "That's right, but it's all in a day's work. I consider my work a pleasure. I've spent years perfecting my patented technique. Now take this baby, I shot this one in the front window of a big department store."

Mrs. Smith: "I just can't believe it."

Salesman: "Well, madam, if you're ready, I'll set up my tripod so that we can get to work."

Mrs. Smith: "TRIPOD?!?"

Salesman: "Oh yes, I have to use a tripod to rest my equipment on. It's much too heavy and unwieldy for me to hold while I'm shooting. Mrs. Smith?... Mrs. Smith? ...My goodness, she's fainted!"
 
undergradNITZ
#4
lol did u rite all that??? or did u copy and paste it from somewhere else...??
 
peapod
#5
It just pops out of head, I don't know where it comes from? I think I should get an agent? what do you think? Just kidding...its a cut and paste my friend. By the way I did not get your question about where did they go back at the mushroom post. Whom were you refering to? the quebecers, the mushrooms, the field? .
 
galianomama
#6
good joke pea, worked better though at the tupperware conference though.

undergrad, go for the labourer job. salesman always get a rough ride, no one appreciates them and everyone feels sorry for them. although, you might get tips!

anyways, the labourer job will start as a labourer job, but once they see you have the moxie, they will quickly move you up in the ranks. go for it!
 
peapod
#7
Thats right, galaniomama works in an office building, on top of a noodle box. She is always hanging out the window looking for a shirtless construction worker, one all sweaty with a good tan and muscles, not lots but some....
 
galianomama
#8
yeah, i've got the pick of the crop today i tell ya. with this heat, who knows what may happen before my very eyes.
 
peapod
#9
wipe the drool off your face! or do you need medication, maybe you are on medication. That would explain it.
 
galianomama
#10
of course i am on medication, everyone is........or should be right?

back to undergrad - did you make a decision as to what job to take???

curious to know
 

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