I have been stalking the ATS forums since the early 2004's. I have been watching, and waiting for this day. Finally, I feel complete. I had a job,
from 2007 in Business to Business Sales...it's not something I was proud of, but it was the ONLY thing for somebody who was "entry-level" with an
Advertising degree to take advantage of in my area (Pittsburgh).
It seems that all people in Advertising have some sort of background in, what I like to call "BS Sales." Since I was young, I've held the opinion
that salespeople are no more than swindling, no good liars. That obviously, is short-sighted, and I don't buy into that theory today. However, I do
believe that Sales/Marketing/Advertising itself, is a more-or-less "hateful" business, as the great Bill Hicks once said.
Now yes, I know what you're thinking. "It's the business you chose moron, that's your mistake." That is true, and I am not going to
debate that. I did choose the Advertising degree, I did choose to pursue this career. However, I didn't choose it to swindle, and trick people into
buying a product. I chose it for the artistic creativity it provided. I've been into graphic design and copywriting ever since I was 12 years old,
posting ads for my campaign as middle school class president. That was what I wanted. I didn't want to call up Joe Smith, who makes $15k a year
doing construction, and tell him that "This house would be great for you! It's only $90k, and you could pay it off in less than seven years," all
whilst knowing he wasn't going to pay it off, and he'd end up in debt 10fold. This was not my idea at all. I wanted to simply create, graphics,
writing, etc from my own, beautiful mind (and it is beautiful, I am one of the most creative people I know - not trying to brag).
As stated earlier, I pursued this career in College, learning the software, learning design, learning "the code" of advertising. Sure, I didn't
agree with a lot of it, but I still loved to design and create. Blame me, it was stupid of me to do this. After college, I applied for various
positions in various ad-agencies, but since I had no SALES EXPERIENCE. To follow my dream, I had to become that which I loathed...as SALESPERSON.
Luckily, I found myself a position selling AD-SPACE, at a seemingly, intelligent company that had a true product, and was backed by years of success.
I started this position at the end of last summer. Today, Spring 2009, I am disgusted at what I did.
I attempted to sell less-than-fortunate businesses our ad-space, which was a complete lie. We claim that our publications did "targeted
distribution." Targeted, sure...considering out of the "target" about 7 people probably actually take the time to read them. And out of those 7,
2 actually are stupid enough to not distinguish ads from articles. Sure, we have articles for you to interface an advertisement with...not that
anyone will care, as they will make their own decisions. This all overshadowed by the fact that our prices were ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. Upwards of
$1000 for a half-page ad, 4 inches x 3 inches, and an "online profile" on our rarely visited website. I do not wish to divulge my company, it's
website, or it's information due to the fact that I have class, and it is immoral to do so.
This morning, April 2nd, after watching and listening to alternative news for years now, I was appalled at what we were doing. Sure, we weren't
directly involved with the New World Order, and sure - we weren't assisting TPTB in a massive cover-up, but I just felt wrong doing what I was doing.
It wasn't for me, and it wasn't what I had signed on for. I signed on to offer a legitimate product, and I'm sure there are plenty of B2B
salesmen out there who do.
This morning, after no having made a "sale" for 2 months - and not really caring to, my immediate supervisor called me into a meeting. It went
okay, no harsh words were exchanged, and I thought "well maybe I can hold on here a few more weeks - until I find a real advertising job."
(BTW: I consider a real advertising job as working on an advertising plan, a media plan, media buying, and research...not randomly calling some person
and trying to give them ad-space) In any case, my supervisor (who will remain nameless) said to me, and I quote, "The economy is turning around!
It's getting better! Everything is looking up!" I'm as optimistic as the next person, and I have chosen LOVE over FEAR...but I'm sorry...you are
a moron if you think the economy is "turning around" You are pathetically hopeless if you think that things are going to get better, thanks to the
Obama administration, because they aren't. Things aren't getting better. After this, I just rolled my eyes and said "Please! Wake up, it's not
getting better. There has to be new ways to reach your audience!" Of course, being a young 24 year old at an old business - this was not met with
praise and acceptance. For I know nothing, I am a moron. I didn't sell ads in the 70's, so obviously, I am a complete moron as to selling. Keep
in mind, this was the same woman who thought that putting together a Twitter account for College-Students was a BAD IDEA. In any case, I was told, in
short, to get my act together and start selling or face the banhammer. To this, I said "You are all sheep, you do not need to fire me, I quit."
I did not plan on mooching off the government for my pay. I did not want to live welfare check to welfare check. I have more pride, more class, and
money saved up (from working at sh*t jobs during high school) that has been collecting interest for over twelve years. I do not need that, while I am
job searching, and with my experience, I am not worried about this. I am confident, and intelligent.
This all said, I do feel bad for those who are unemployed, because I am now amongst their ranks. I do feel the strife, I know the pain. But all I
can say, is keep trying. Revamp your resume, be creative in your letters to employers. Be yourself, and sell your skills. Don't sell them a lie
(AKA., I CAN SELL AD-SPACE!!!11oneoneone). It is now everyman for himself, and I am happy to be on the team of "everyman." You can all call me
idiots for leaving my job, I do not care. I feel it is what is right, and I feel that I have prevented a future endeavour of me getting fired. I
wish everyone who is unemployed the best of luck, and I really hope that somebody calls Obama's bluff.
**Mod Edit..fixed typo in title****
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