The AJC recently ran a story about how the telemarketing industry is gaining respect, and with call centers one of the few areas of the economy still growing and hiring, more people are giving the historically hated profession another look.
I remember one of my first jobs was as a telemarketer, selling premium cable television channels. I personally hated the job, though I turned out to be pretty good at it. Still, you had to be prepared to handle a lot of rejection and there was enormous pressure to meet daily sales quotas. I lasted a year.
Of course, there are plenty of call center positions that don’t require any selling. At Ryla, which is one of Georgia’s largest call centers, associates help customers with their credit card accounts, upgrade cell phone plans or provide help desk assistance for those with computer problems. The pay isn’t great, but the professional atmosphere draws raves from employees.
Considering how hard it is to find a job these days, would you accept a job as a telemarketer? Are there any professions you would absolutely refuse to be a part of?