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23 September 2012 @ 06:39 am
When The Levee Breaks  
The new manager (Jay) is working out well. He's making changes where they need to be made, he's got a great attitude, and i think he's going to be a great asset to the place and the company. I like him, and we get along well. He's also a great salesman, which is nice for the shop, and is doubly nice as he handles sales and I don't have to, meaning I'm free to run the shop floor and handle issues that arise.

This gave me some perspective that i wasn't sure I had, and confirmed a few things. Biggest confirmation is that I FUCKING HATE SALES. I'm good at it, for the most part, but I hate doing it. Well, let's be honest, I'm good at it in that i am good with people, but not good at it in the sense that i can convince people to buy. I dislike trying to talk people into buying things. I'm happy to make sure you have all the info you need to make an informed decision, but I don't want the pressure or the schmooze that equals sales. As a customer, it annoys me, so as a salesman, I don't do it, meaning my sales are not as high as corporate would like.

On top of this, I'm tired of being half-trained. I was rushed through raining to get me into the CSA position and then the AGM position, so i could cover things and run the shop while my manager was used elsewhere. As soon as that was done, the reorganization happened, and the new manager was needed elsewhere last week. It feels a little embarrassing to be the guy running the show and not actually know half the shit that needs to be known.

SO...yesterday, during a lull, I stopped Jay and told him that I want to be trained on some stuff I missed out on, when we next are in the shop together on Thursday. He was happy about this, until I followed this up with the further request to demote me back to working on the bay once that was done. It took some talking to get him to understand that this wasn't about him being in the shop, that I'd felt this way before he got there, and also made sure that he knew that i wasn't just going to up and quit, that he'd still get my best work out of me in the meantime. He wasn't pleased, but I'm pretty sure he understood. He called Scott (the district manager) to let him know, and Scott's reaction was...less than pleasing. He said that even if he's "consider" it, it wouldn't be for a longtime, that I'd have to go to another store, etc. I'm not sure he really gets the situation, but it kinda pissed me off.

Anyway, we'll see where this leads. I'm incredibly unhappy right now. I dislike a huge part of my job (and getting paid peanuts for it), my little bit of gaming is being disrupted by one useless player, Jessica's headaches haven't let up in closing on 3 months, I'm my own worst enemy on my weight loss (though it IS happening), I barely sleep, I'm sore...whine, whine, whine.
 
 
 
Mari Adkins: mari facemariadkins on September 23rd, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I hate sales. And I hate that you're unhappy. {{hugs}}
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Southern Boys Inc.archmage on September 23rd, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, thankya, hun. It is what it is.
Staxstaxxy on September 24th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
I am *very* good at sales. I hate hate hate hate doing them. So yeah, number are as good as I feel like making them be. :|

i dont think he gets it at all. Bleah.

BUT... the longer you stay the better it looks on your resume. If you can stick it out for 6 months, that will be enough to start looking elsewhere. If you can stick it out for a year, you can probably even get a much better job elsewhere.