Posted: Apr 11, 2007 11:53 pm
I did outgoing telemarketing selling magazines for 2 days. Awful job. When I went to get my check, the boss said he was sad to see me go, because I was the top seller over my 2 days there. I think I sold 10 subscriptions in my 16 hours of employment! He MUST have been lying, right?
I did customer service at a credit card company for almost 2 years. The card targeted deadbeats with bad credit. In addition to the usual customer service inquiries, I had to try and sell membership products such as "credit protection" ($149 for 2 years.) Before we had a $100 million class action suit against us for shady business practices, we could say practically ANYTHING to get a customer to sign up for credit protection. I actually used this line: "Sir, if you don't have credit protection and you should be unemployed or have an accident where you can't pay your bill, it could result in the total annihilation of your credit history." The dude actually gasped in terror and I made the sale. I felt dirty afterwards.