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Old 09-15-08, 01:46 PM   #1
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Only the whiners whine?

Still looking for a job which i'm going to blame on rising unemployment rates more than anything else because taking responsibility for yourself is an outdated fad

Seriously though...i've mentioned a couple of the career tracks i'm interested in but i'll bring them up again here for ****s and giggles. I'm intrigued by marketing and would love to get a foot in the door of an ad agency. I like selling things and would like to try sales, but ultimately i intend on going back to school and teaching when my financial situation is in some better shape (i briefly mentioned this at my last job interview for some reason and wonder if this is why they passed on me ).

At any rate, a while ago i applied for a sales position with CDW. Very quickly, a recruiter called me. I didn't like of the feel of that and started doing some research. I have come to find some bad information on this job from people on the net.

I have no misconceptions, i'd basically be a telemarketer to small businesses trying to sell them technology solutions. But i keep reading about unfair compensation and unrealistic quota's being set. At this point i feel like i've got nothing to lose but i've got a few questions.

First of all, i'd be very interested in hearing from anyone who has actually worked with CDW or perhaps dealt with them through their own business but i'm also wondering what everyone's opinion is on reviews about jobs posted on the internet. I feel i should take them to heart but do so with a grain of salt. It often seems that the only people who care enough to complain about something on the internet are those who have something bad to say about it. CDW, very recently, has gained much respect as an employer, but that seems to be fading and i fear for getting myself into something like that.

I'm also turned off by the fact that all you need for this position is a high school diploma but on the other hand, if i want to get into sales...why not learn some things from such a large (and hugely profitable) company?


Oh bother...
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Where are you located?
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Chicago. One of the lures to this job is that i would be working at their headquarters downtown across from Union Station/Olgalvee , i live near a train station. Commuting would be cheap and headache free.
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If teaching is something you want to do, check with the local ISD and see if they will let you work as sub until you get your teachers cert.

Call center work has very high burn out and turnover rate. I have never seen anyone come up through a company by starting out in the call center. You start there and die there.
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If teaching is something you want to do, check with the local ISD and see if they will let you work as sub until you get your teachers cert.

Call center work has very high burn out and turnover rate. I have never seen anyone come up through a company by starting out in the call center. You start there and die there.
Oh, i can work as a sub and i intend on dealing with that paper work. All that's required is a 4 year degree, some background checks and some simple tests. The problem is that the pay for this is not that great when you can find work and finding work has become very difficult. I am family friends with a few teachers in the area and i have been told that it is so competitive that sub's are no making business cards and handing them out to teachers. I suspect it has part to do with the job market. My point is that i can't rely on that income to become a teacher, i've got bills to pay

Certification is going to cost about 20 grand, and it is going to take as long as a masters degree. I'd be more inclined to spend another 7 grand to get a masters in education and a certificate. I'd do that today, if i had the money. Which, unfortunately, i don't.
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have you checked them out with the better business bureau?

Different ballgame here, but I read horrible things about my apt's management company online. I took into account specific complaints, addressed them with the management, and checed it out with the BBB- everything was clean. So far they've been attentive and fixed anything I had issue with promptly. Moral is, you can't believe everything you read.
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have you checked them out with the better business bureau
Funny you mention that actually. My mom's boyfriend works for the BBB in a town in Florida and suggested that too. I forgot about that, i shall tackle that tomorrow afternoon!
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