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#16951 - 11/19/02 08:47 AM Career change
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Registered: 11/10/02
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Loc: Massachusetts
Hello to all;
I'm in the middle of a big dicission. Considering getting out of the field. My backs a little shot, and I find myself worn out now before the days out. I have an interview for an outside sales position tomorrow morning at 11. Is there any advice anyone may be able to offer, weather it's for the interview, or just some sound advice. Would be greatly appreciated. BTW it's for an electrical supply house

Thank you in advance
~Ange

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#16952 - 11/19/02 10:20 AM Re: Career change
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hire a helper, let him/her do the work...once an electrician, alaways an electrician

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#16953 - 11/19/02 03:41 PM Re: Career change
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Wirenuttt,

You'll still be doing a lot of lifting, unless you've landed a desk job and not at the counter. Since you said sales, I'll assume a desk job with lots of phone calls, maybe travel to jobsites too.


I would think that your experience would be great help, especially in the inevitable giving of advice. Plus you probably already have a lot of the catalogue numbers memorized!

One of the better counter guys here got his journeyman's and went out in the field in the last year. Apparently he's making one heck of a sparky and is practically running the business he works for!

Good luck to you in whatever you choose!

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#16954 - 11/19/02 03:54 PM Re: Career change
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Thanks Virgil;
Actually it is outside sales position.

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#16955 - 11/19/02 04:02 PM Re: Career change
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Ditto to what 66 said. You obviously know the parts and would do good in the job. I have interviewed many people for jobs. Just relax, be yourself, make sure you know what you are talking about and don't be a stiff. I was not only concerned with a person who knew his stuff, but as well as someone who would fit in with the rest of the crew.

I once rejected a guy who did good work, but told me that he could pull 16 pound bass all day long out of the lake. If he is going to BS me on a job interview what would he do on a daily basis.

I also had an interview with someone who was good for the job. I told him that I wanted him to talk to my boss. He said that he had to check on his dog who was in the car. The dog had eaten a lot of chocolate the night before and chocolate is poisonous to dogs. I went and arranged it with my boss.....and never saw the guy again.

Good luck, you will do well.
Scott

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#16956 - 11/19/02 04:12 PM Re: Career change
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Thanx scotts, sounds like good advice to me.

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#16957 - 11/19/02 04:16 PM Re: Career change
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Wirenutt:
Ditto to what Virgil said. Keep in mind that once you "pack-it-in" your customer base will be gone. If you "come back" you will probably have to start over from scratch. Any thought to keeping the business going with good help??
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#16958 - 11/19/02 04:19 PM Re: Career change
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Loc: Massachusetts
Hotline;
I don't work for myself, haven't for about 5 years now. Just side jobs, and help my bro up in VT. when he gets overloaded. But thanx for thinking of that anywho.

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#16959 - 11/20/02 11:39 AM Re: Career change
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Well how did the interview go?
Scott

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#16960 - 11/20/02 11:44 AM Re: Career change
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Loc: Massachusetts
scotts;
The interview went smooth. I see that there's not the money to make compared to the field, but the benefits are good, co. car, full medical and like $14/mo for dental. I get to drive the car home at night, and most of the work involves keeping existing accounts happy and looking for new ones.

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