Mecca, Next Phase, Medina, Christopher Terell, Nathan Porter semi-legal if that, sales job masquerading as warehouse management or marketing Livonia Michigan
this company posts ads on pretty much every job search engine, including craigslist. headings may say sports and events marketing or warehouse management or some type of marketing. here's what you're in for.
if you respond to the ad, the secretary WILL call you to schedule an interview. you will be asked to wear a suit and bring a copy of your resume. you will arrive to a lobby full of perhaps 10-15 other people. you will interview with either christopher terrell, the actual top of the pyramid scam, or nathan porter, the guy being groomed to open his own office. i cannot tell you exactly what the business will be called when you go, because the name changes every couple of months. you may notice the better business bureau plaque, but rest assured, they have never heard of christopher terrell.
you will be fed the most immense line of crap you have ever heard in your life. the words commission only will not be used, but will be replaced with something like this is a position for a go getter or some such. he will not discuss the specifics of compensation, but will tell you that he has guys not as sharp as you making $600 a week, which is an outright lie. the conversation will steer more towards idealistic fantasy than actual details of the job, and any specific questions you ask will be danced around.
if you don't tell him to go screw himself, you WILL receive a call (generally that day or the next) telling you how great you are, and how you are invited back for a second interview. your second interview is actually a day in the field, selling door to door. or rather, watching a guy sell door to door. you will be told to wear comfortable shoes.
upon arrival, it will be you and perhaps 2 or 3 other second interviewees who bought into the scam. you will be sent out separately, with an experienced representative who has probably worked there for a few months. you will probably never see or hear from the other interviewees again.
your trainer will take you to his assigned territory for the day. you have already been assigned to one of two divisions. either you will be selling steak knives, portable fans, light-up christmas trees, and other gems from a supplier called innovage (google them, they're a whole story in themselves) or you will be fundraising an entertainment book-like coupon pack called enjoy the city to support the dare program. sadly, out of the $20 you will collect for these books, if you can convince random strangers to buy them, you will receive $10, the office will receive $9.50, and DARE will receive a whopping fifty cents.
you will not make any money your first day, despite promises of paid training. you will follow someone around while they pitch these products and get thrown out of businesses. you will be told to ignore no solicitation signs. you will be told to be pushy and aggressive and not to take no for an answer. at the end of the day, you will fill out a feedback form, and wait in the lobby while your trainer tells chris or nate how you did. you WILL be invited back for anywhere from another day to a year in door to door sales before consideration for the company's other divisions.
what are these other divisions, you ask? i'll tell you. lead generation. the lucky few will be given a store and assigned to a specific k-mart or home depot, where you will dress as a kmart or home depot employee (including crew polo and name badge) and stand around asking people if they need any help. as you genially lead them to whatever it is they're looking for, you casually strike up conversation as to whether they are a homeowner and if they have been considering making any home improvements. you then launch into a sales pitch, intent at setting them up with a free in-home consultation from a local home improvement company. you must collect their personal information and put them on your cell phone with an appointment setter, who will ask them a bunch of questions and force them to commit to a specific date and time at which they and any spouse will be home.
expect to be in livonia at 8 am, monday-saturday, for a sales meeting and territory assignment that will go until about 9:30. from there, you go into the field, and work until 7pm, when you must go BACK to livonia to turn in your paperwork. yes, that is almost an 80 hour work week. not to mention.. football season! when you will go down to ford field and stand around outside selling innovage products in the cold. did i mention that the door to door stuff is year round? rain or shine? yeah...
if this sounds like a great job for you, give chris or nate a call. tell them jim sent you. and ask them whatever happened to my last check.