I’ve worked from home for about a year and a half. Last November, I started training with a new company to take tech calls. Yesterday was the big day, the day our training class would take our very first call! Luckily we took them one at a time and had people there to support us. I was incredibly nervous to the point of sweaty palms. I’ve had more jobs than I can quickly count and none had ever made me this nervous.
I made it through my first call, though I do have to admit it was incredibly easy compared to the difficult calls we’re to expect. I think most of the people in my group were pretty nervous too, but we all made it.
I was talking to Dani today about how it went and we got on the subject of awful jobs. I’m sure there are truly horrible jobs out there and when I think about it mine wasn’t THAT bad, but it’s definitely the worst job I’ve ever had.
I got hired at a place called RainSoft as a survey taker, they do water conditioning systems and filtering, things like that. I was given a whole 15 inutes or so of training and then I was on my own. I had a little section of a table, with dividers between each employee, to myself. There on my “desk” was an office phone and some paper scripts. I was given a stack of cards which were actually sweepstakes entries. You know at the mall or (insert typical place here) where someone is giving away a car or washer/dryer set? Well, RainSoft had set one up and these were the cards people had filled out to win the prize.
Little did these people know they’re information was about to be used. I would have to call the people and ask them to take a brief survey. The survey consisted of questions such as being homeowners and using major credit cards. I was basically determining if the person owned their own home and made enough to afford a water system. The awful part is if they didn’t “pass” the questions, their entry was just tossed in the garbage!
Just as bad, if they did “pass” then their card was given to the next level, appointment setter (which I was “promoted” to, without me asking or even wanting to be). The appointment setter would then call the person that completed the survey to try and set up a time a RainSoft employee could give them a demonstration. We really had to be pushy with it and had to get a certain amount of yesses each week.
I was fired shortly after being moved to appointment setter. I felt very dishonest the entire time I worked there. I wasn’t happy to be out of a job, but I was happy to be out of this particular job.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?