Saturday, February 19, 2011

A note about telephone jobs

There is something about telephone jobs that is a bit of a personal test. People don’t like to be called and kept on the phone, and employers expect associates to become skilled in “overcoming objections”, which may not be OK if the objections are morally legitimate. Then it raises questions as to why the employee is not “good” enough to get a better job.  It’s hard not to say that to unwanted callers, but legal solicitations, exempted under the FCC “do not call” rules.

In some cases, people who call for a living could face some share of personal legal risk, particularly if they use their own cellular or broadband connections for work, and are caught between TOS rules of a provider and employer demands.

But remember some years ago we were more “socialized” than we are now. We accepted more interdependence, and expected to get calls from sales persons. That’s changing, of course, as serial intimacy (or at-distance intimacy over the web) takes the place up real contact with people.

Over the past years, I got a number of unwanted invitations for these “people oriented” jobs. I’m not one who likes to prove I can take care of others or sell them someone else’s agenda.  

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