What Working for a Sales Company Has Taught Me
I have been working for Vector Marketing for six months, and I must say I couldn’t be happier.
The relationships I have built with people on professional and personal levels are some that I know I will continue to cherish for the rest of my life. Vector has provided me the opportunity to grow and develop as an individual, as well as, be a part of a team.
Although my time at Vector has not been as long as most in the company, I have benefitted significantly from being in this line of work.
Currently, I work in the Campus Recruiting department on the administrative side of the company. My mother, Cecelia (most know her as Fi) Mazanke, worked with Vector for over 17 years and maintained solid relationships with many people who are still at Vector. I have my mom to thank for keeping the connections open. With Helen Brown, who I work with, living in Pennsylvania, and me living in Illinois, we both knew this job would require a significant amount of digital communication (thank goodness we live in the 21st century).
Here are a couple of things that I have learned:
Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone
Right off the bat, I knew I would be spending most of my time on the computer and on the phone with Helen, navigating through different projects and assignments. Working administratively for Vector was unlike any other job I had in the past. My past job as a volleyball coach for 12 year olds dealt with an entirely different skill set. I learned quickly to not be afraid of asking questions, which is key in sales. Helen and I begin each working day with a phone call debriefing about what needs to be accomplished that day. In my case, Helen is unable to physically be with me and she travels, so I have learned to take initiative to get projects accomplished. If I am in the middle of the project, and Helen is trying to button up work at the office and jet off to the airport twenty minutes later, I learned how to be efficient in what questions I ask. Whether it is about the verbiage of a tweet, or how to set up a document, I need to present Helen with what specific questions or issues I am running into so that she can answer them as best as she can.
An Experience in Efficiency
In addition to facing a restraint in physical communication, being a college freshman, I learned how to speak professionally over the phone. No longer would calls be quick about where to meet for lunch that day, or telling my friends that I was outside their houses waiting to get ice cream. When I get on a call for work, I must know what needs to be discussed and have all information at-the-ready. I am required to sound professional over the phone while communicating with others so that I may be taken seriously as a qualified Vector employee.
So thank you, Vector, for teaching me to communicate efficiently and professionally at such a young age. I will continue to use these skills as I build my own image in the company and throughout the expansion of my business career.
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