Summer Sales

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Every summer, young men and women across the state are lured into a summer sales job with enticing promises of an incredible summer filled with adventure and of course, tons of money. The problem is, for many, those promises fall flat.

Zac Hedgebeth and Griffin Funk show their depiction of a summer sale. Photo by April Carver

Zac Hedgebeth and Griffin Funk show their depiction of a summer sale. Photo by April Carver

Big companies selling products or services such as trash pickup, pest control, or security systems have hit a gold mine with College students in Utah. Many are recently returned missionaries, eager to make some fast money and are willing to do what many others aren’t, knock on doors and try to sell something that almost nobody wants. These type of people also tend to be too trusting for their own good. Their level of optimism is off the charts, and they will believe anyone who tells them how great they can be at selling. This opens the door for predatory recruiters who will do or say almost anything to get another member added to their team.

When asked about the recruiting side of summer sales Brett Huish,a former salesman for an unnamed company said, “ The fact is that people are pretty cutthroat in recruiting only because they know the more people they convince to come out and sell the more money they make. They don’t really care how much you end up making for the most part, just the fact that they make more money if you come.”

Another former salesman, Trevor Daley, also shared his thoughts on summer sales recruiters. “Unreliable and sketchy. All kinda depends on the business and who your group is that you’re going out with. Mostly though they’re not straight up with you, and tend to be very sly.”

Tanner Withers, someone who has previously worked with summer sales, said, “It was a really great experience. I was right off my mission and I was able to make money for school and my wedding. Although there is a shady stereotype around salesmen, I was able to work on that and make it better.”

Recruiters often leave out the negative aspects of the job such as, but not limited to, 10-12 hour days in the hot sun, having to take care of numerous unseen expenses, and of course, the compensation is often not nearly as lucrative as you are led to believe. Huish says “The hours are super long with no guaranteed money. Also you are typically considered an independent contractor if you don’t make a ton of money you get gouged with taxes.”

Be careful who you trust your entire summer to. Just because a recruiter wears a snazzy polo and promises you the famed “six figure summer”, doesn’t mean it will turn out like that.

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