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Career Story: Mattress Salesperson

Mattress Salesperson

Job Title: Sales/ Mattress Professional

Type of Company: A mattress retailer.

Education: BS, Direct Marketing

Previous Experience: I worked for a newspaper, generating business and starting a clientele for the Employment Guide. I was a manager for a cold calling center and I was a real estate agent.

Job Tasks: I take incoming calls and help people buy the best mattress that they can afford. I clean and manage the store, sign for and order supplies. I oversee the store's daily operations. I make sure deliveries are made on time. I also check people's credit and call our credit card company to extend 0% financing to a customer. If a customer does not get approved I offer lay-away or help him select something else that fits his budget. I reach daily sales goals and weekly goals by calling on past and current customers. I help and guide people through the purchase of an item that will be with them for the next ten to twenty years of their life. Many people think a mattress is just a mattress, but when I finish my spiel, they realize that they are sleeping to have a better life when awake. And you cannot put a price on how you feel.

So many people rely on sleep meds to put them to sleep when if they got a proper mattress and proper support and comfort relief they would be rested and pain-free.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: They worst part of the job is the long hours. It's retail: 10-hour days by yourself. Then again I like the time to get bills done, talk on the phone, think, have peace and quiet. It is a relatively stress-free job. In those ten hours I may work -- really work -- only three. The rest of the time I'm doing nothing but just being there. If I see seven people in a day that is a lot.

Job Tips: This is the best job if you are taking courses and need time to study, read or think. I was able to read many books. It is also a great career if you can't stand the whole micro-managing of a corporate gig. If you like sales and do not mind long hours this is ideal. This is a job with great benefits and it is easy. You just have to be at a store for 10 hours. I work only four days a week instead of five.

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