kalvano wrote: Sangiovese wrote:
Actually, calling out an english major for not being able to write a resume is pretty funny
Sometimes you just have to admit that an opponent landed a good shot, tip your hat, and move on.
I wrote one just fine. I was wondering whether a professional one would be worthwhile, since I don't write them for a living.
I would admit it if he had. But he didn't.
Ok. Here's a copy of your shitty PS.
The old man stared at me from across the table. He would look at me for a few minutes without saying a word, and then slowly glance back down to the piece of paper before him. There his gaze would rest for a while, then back to me again. It was a war of wills, a test of endurance. We both knew that whoever spoke first would be the one to capitulate. I could see my boss standing back, looking at me and wondering what was happening. It was 9:00 at night, and he was as tired as I was. But my glances told him to back off, that I was handling this. This client had driven three hours to come see us, and it had to be finished that night so he could drive back in the morning. I had just presented him with finance numbers on the new SUV he was looking at purchasing, and he was waiting on me to get nervous, to start talking and offer him a discount to entice him further. This was a game, and having been at work since 7:45 that morning, I was more than willing to wait a little longer. Finally, after more than five minutes of dead silence, the old man looked down at the paper one last time and then looked at me and said “Well, son, everything looks fine to me. When can I pick it up?”
Telling people you work in the car business is like telling them you work for the IRS – you’re sure to elicit a reaction, although you can never be quite sure what it will be. For most people, the car business is a necessary evil, something to be endured as infrequently as possible. For those of us who make a living in it, it’s a continuous education about business, finance, psychology, sales, and marketing.
I have yet to meet anyone in the business who set out in life to become a car salesman. I know I certainly didn’t. Upon graduating with an English degree, I found job prospects to be very lacking. One of my karate instructors offered me a job in a sales position at a local dealership. I was very effective at my job, being quick on my feet and good with words. I worked my way up, going from domestic sales to luxury imports to being the manager of the Internet Department. As I gained understanding and experience, I was not just responsible for my department but often for the orientation and training of new salespeople as well.
The same skills that are essential for a lawyer are some of the very same skills that have enable me to be successful in the car business. You have to have a deep understanding of your product so you can answer a wide variety of questions. Working with people means nothing ever proceeds quite as planned, so you have to be able to think on your feet and make quick, correct decisions. You have to understand finance and banking, and be able to explain it to people who have absolutely no understanding at all. You have to be able to operate autonomously, to know and understand all aspects of the business so when you are sitting in front of a client, you can answer their questions correctly. Critical analysis skills are essential, as is being able to quickly adapt and keep working.
One of the hardest steps in my career was the transition from volume domestic sales to high-end luxury sales. Working for XYZ Motor Company requires patience and tenacity. Over 200 people a month apply for employment, and most will never even receive a phone call. It requires experience, education, and a high level of persistence to even arrange for a first interview. After two and a half months of interviews, personality and aptitude tests, and even more interviews, I had finally been accepted. It’s a very rigorous process, designed to test you from the very beginning to make sure you can handle the stress of working in a high-volume luxury car dealership. I was the youngest salesperson in the dealership, and one of the youngest in the company. The further up the ladder I climbed, however, the less satisfied I was. As the months and years rolled by, a voice began to whisper in my head, starting off quietly but growing louder and louder, insisting I was selling myself short, that I was capable of better things.
My time in the car business has been a hands-on schooling about life. I gained exceedingly practical and valuable expertise and insight across a broad area. I learned a great deal about business, finance, and successful management by being immersed in a world that required all those skills, and more, on a daily basis. I am proud of my accomplishments, and I am grateful for the time away from formal education. The study of law has always been a path I wished to pursue, and I finally feel ready to combine the practical skills I have learned with my desire to be an attorney.
As to your "professional sales", which is a retarded statement in the first place, WTF are you selling, professionals? Now that the bottom has fallen out of ITE you are looking towards law school because you couldn't sell a car if your left nut depended on it. You got a TTT LSAT and can only get into TTT law schools. Good job with you English major and selling cars for a living. Good luck in life, you'll need it. BTW, I'm still making $$$$. Hows the used car sales biz?