Yes, it has been a while

As the title says, it has been a while since I managed to get this blog updated. But I’m going to give it a try since I have the time. I guess, I should have been doing that while I was unemployed, but thankfully I’m both back on my feet, and back on the job. Not selling tractors again, I have a feeling that I’m not going to ever get to do that again. My former employers, while they would love to have me back from talking with both management and staff, the hiring freeze there nips that in the bud. So, rather than selling tractors, in a crappy economy, where is an unemployed salesman to go?

Furniture? No thanks, straight commission with draw and wearing a suit every day does not really appeal to me. Selling electronics? Well, unless you can find a straight commission job, then you are stuck with at best 8 bucks an hour at one of the large chains like Best Buy or similar. So, instead I took some resumes and cover letters around to the local car lots. Yes, you heard me. Car lots.

On the third lot I visited I managed to hit a winner. The first two lots were dead as doornails. But then again, for a GM dealership and a Dodge dealership, I really wouldn’t expect much less. The third dealership was a BMW dealer and not only were they dead, but their associates all seemed to act like pricks. Then I took the last of the resumes and cover letters I had with me, and in the rain, I drove to one of the two local Ford dealerships. They were busy, not only were they busy, but they were friendly, they were clean, and they were staffed with a younger crew. The first guy I talked to hardly looked to be in his 20’s. The same can be said of the entire crew who is working there, save for management who are all middle aged or so.

After just handing what turned out to be the store general manager my resume and such, he told me to wait, and that as soon as he could he would pull me for an interview. Wham, interview over, I was told to expect a call a few days later, after my background check.

This past monday, I got that call and I started on Wednesday. Wednesday was all about doing paperwork, Thursday was all about learning product and wishing the computer system worked. Friday was all about talking to customers and marvelling that the computer system did not work yet.

Saturday however, Saturday was all about selling trucks. Indeed, my second full day working, and my first day with a working computer system and I sold two trucks. I’m supposedly on training pay. Which means in effect minimum wage while on training pay, but they specifically said that if I sold anything during my training period I was going to get paid in full for it. Which is awesome and means that I get paid for those two trucks I already sold. It also means that anything else I sell tomorrow(end of their pay week) I will also be paid on. I’ve got two people who are coming in to talk to me tomorrow, one of whom I think may be buying a Ford SUV of some kind, and the other is looking for a replacement car.

I can also happily state that I have not lied to any of the customers I’ve got, and I intend to continue that practice. This dealership intends to be a “quality” dealership as they are a brand new store, they want a good rep and a happy customer base. Let other dealerships and salesmen lie to their customers. I’ve never sold someone a product based on a lie, nor do I intend to start now. What I intend to do is make some money and have some fun doing it.

Oh yes, and one funny thing, I’m not ordering business cards. Not a single one for now. I’ve got my personal cards, which I will happily hand out to people, which has my name, my personal e-mail, my cell phone, and a link to my blog. So to anyone who reads this because of my handing you a card at the dealership, howdy!

One day at a time, that’s all I can do right now.

One day at a time.

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One Response to “Yes, it has been a while”

  1. Ron Says:

    Hey, congratulations dude! I hope you keep selling your brains out!

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