Underemployed people are hard to categorize as a group. There isn’t one kind of underemployed person. We come from different backgrounds, age ranges, and cultures. Our levels of education, experience, and skill couldn’t be more diverse. And though the underemployed defy easy stereotypes, there is one job that seems to attract more than its fair share of them. I’m talking about sales jobs. Why sales? Money would be the obvious answer, and it definitely figures in. However, sales offers some attractive fringe benefits besides the promise of money. This post lists the top five reasons why so many underemployed workers choose a job in sales.
1. You can be free to be the worst version of yourself
Unleashing your id is what sales is all about. Breaking shit out of frustration, hyper-competitiveness, greed, unearned anger, and many other awful emotions are net positives when you work in sales. Can you be hateful, spiteful, and needy? Great, welcome to the job.
Sales people openly hate it when their peers close a deal, and love it just as much when they’re getting their ass kicked. Nowhere else will you see contempt and hostility for a coworker so openly expressed.
“What, you just sold a car? I fucking hate you. Die in a fire.”
“The guy bitched you out, and called you a sleaze. Hahaha!! That’s great. I love it.”
There’s also a weird camaraderie among sellers. You’ll burn the candle on both ends with them, attempt to fuck the other over if you think you can get away with it, and then be sad if they leave for another job.
Nothing sums up sales better than this anecdote. A salesman I knew, snuck into the store he worked for on his day off. He hid in a broom closet that was slightly ajar. The guy thought a customer he’d worked with the day before might come back, and a coworker would steal his sale. He stayed in the broom closet all day waiting to catch him. That is some grade A, FDA approved, crazy. Even funnier, that story was told to me proudly by the guy who did the hiding.
“Sales jobs are relatively easy to get. Lack of experience usually doesn’t count against you. Sales jobs also have the potential for uncapped income.”