At around 5am, I was still up, and I saw a blip in Careerbuilder about a “summer job for students” that would pay $15 an hour, and could be either part-time or full-time. I saw it was with marketing, which wasn’t my first choice, but I’d be stupid not to apply, right?
So I did…and the employment application was really, really, simple, so I thought, “Meh, they won’t get back with me, or it’s a scam.”
They called this morning around 11 to schedule an appointment for 6pm. Which? Was awesome.
I got out of that interview process at around 8:15pm (it was complicated…heh…doubles, group, then individual interviews), and I am now employed. I have a signed letter to prove it…haha. I start training on Thursday, through Saturday, then I can start working and getting paid the following week. Which is EXCITING.
There were reasons I wouldn’t have taken this job. It’s a sales job, selling knives for a company called CutCo (which has existed since 1949), under the Vector Marketing firm (1981) [ETA: hurr durr, i kin spel gud]. I will be traveling to people’s homes, showing off the knives, and hopefully selling some, or at least having them be able to pass my information on to someone else who might be interested.
On the surface, that screams, “HELL NO.”
However, these are the reasons I accepted the position, and why I wanted it:
1. I set my own hours (anywhere from 8am-10pm). I can work 10 appointments per week, or 5 per day, and I only have to go to the actual office one day per week, to turn in orders and do a team meeting. There is no minimum or maximum number of hours I can work, and I can take days off whenever I need/want (except for the Monday meetings, which are mandatory).
2. Regardless of whether I sell anything, I get paid for keeping the appointment. There’s no pressure for the person to buy anything on my end, which makes it TRULY their choice whether they want what I’m selling. I get to be nice, myself, and point out the advantages of a product that I actually like (I got to test one of the knives today…holy shit, it’s awesome).
3. The sales are by appointment ONLY. I don’t cold-call, knock on doors, wander around with a briefcase, or any of the other things that can potentially make a sales job like this suck huge donkey balls.
4. There’s also an incentive program where you get a percentage of the amount of product sold. Say you have 20 appointments in one week, but you only make $250 according to incentives. That same number of appointments nets you $300 in “base” pay, so you’d get paid the greater of the two amounts. No shit. They go out of their way to make sure you get paid for trying.
5. These knives are so damned cool, and I’m looking forward to making corkscrews from pennies with the scissors that come with the kit. I’m not shitting you – you can cut spirals out of pennies. I watched it happen. I felt the penny. It was real. Like…holy shit.
6. They give you a “test kit” to take around with you for demonstrations, for no cost. If, when you stop working for them (or if you just like them that much), you can buy the kit, and they’ll give you another test one to take to others’ homes. So I basically get to have a set of these knives around the house for cooking and whatnot while I’m working for this company, free of charge.
There are other perks, but they’re weirdly complicated. I think they’re going over insurance and stuff during training, but I have a feeling I’m going to be responsible for a good bit of my own. As long as I have money coming in, that’s not a real problem, for the time being. It’ll just be when I have to get the uber-treatment for Lyme that I might have issues, and by that point, maybe I’ll be on disability…which I can have while working part-time.
I’m really excited about this job, and the opportunity. I’m glad I wasn’t turned away because I’ve already been in the working world (this job is really for students to get stuff for their resume), or because I was over-qualified (I was, by quite a bit).
I think I’m going to enjoy it. I like working with people, and with THEM making the appointments, I don’t have to worry about being snarked at while I’m trying to do demonstrations and discussions about the catalog items.
The knives are also affordable, and come with a lifetime guarantee for no extra charge. I don’t think there’s even a sales tax on them, but I could be wrong…I’ll find that out on Thursday.
Anyway, thanks for the help you guys have given me this week…I really appreciate it, and I’m glad that you have faith in me.
Just think happy thoughts for me…I’m really hoping this job works out for quite a while, because with the hours, I would easily be able to continue to pursue my counseling while taking one or two appointments per week, if it came to that.
YAY JOB THAT’S NOT COLD-CALLING ABOUT SHITTY PROMOTIONS!