What Do You Do For a Living?

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  1. antirabbit

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    I am a VP for a Medical robotics/device company.
    I used to be an orchestral violinist.
     
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    I am a VP for a Medical robotics/device company.
    I used to be an orchestral violinist.


    you'll love this story.

    I once hired a guy who had studied jazz music, and been a pro musician for a few years, before getting into sales. the position was sales manager for western europe.


    anyway, we are on a trip in london, we get to heathrow to fly out, and while we are waiting for the flight, he opens his case and takes out a trumpet, leaves the case open and starts to play. I ask him what he is doing, and he says "I need to practise every day to keep up my skills". so I ask "and why did you leave your case open like that?" - he says "well, if people like my playing they can give me a tip"

    so I say to him - ok, we are on a business trip, and we just left a sales meeting, do you not think that it is possible that one day you are going to run into somebody you know while you are busking at the airport? also, what have you been doing for practice all week? so it turns out he has been going out front of our hotels every night to practice, with a hat for tips.

    anyway, I fired him. mostly because he just didn't understand what was wrong with that.
     
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    you'll love this story. I once hired a guy who had studied jazz music, and been a pro musician for a few years, before getting into sales. the position was sales manager for western europe. anyway, we are on a trip in london, we get to heathrow to fly out, and while we are waiting for the flight, he opens his case and takes out a trumpet, leaves the case open and starts to play. I ask him what he is doing, and he says "I need to practise every day to keep up my skills". so I ask "and why did you leave your case open like that?" - he says "well, if people like my playing they can give me a tip" so I say to him - ok, we are on a business trip, and we just left a sales meeting, do you not think that it is possible that one day you are going to run into somebody you know while you are busking at the airport? also, what have you been doing for practice all week? so it turns out he has been going out front of our hotels every night to practice, with a hat for tips. anyway, I fired him. mostly because he just didn't understand what was wrong with that.
    Some people have no appreciation for music.
     
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    I'm a Sales Manager for an online media firm. We specialise in digital advertising and site monetisation across Australasia and Asia Pac.
     
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    I charge in as much expenses as possible to make up for it. Also, I stopped caring about being fired which means less people mess with you because they can't control you.

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    A man who is clearly on the road to partner!

    I tried this strategy - but steak lunches won't give me back my evenings and weekends!
     
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    A man who is clearly on the road to partner!

    I tried this strategy - but steak lunches won't give me back my evenings and weekends!



    It won't give you back evenings and weekends but it will give you back dollars in your bank account.

    When I become partner making 6 figures, I'll start buying me some really nice clothes. Most of the partners in my office dress like the typical American with no fashion sense.
     
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    It won't give you back evenings and weekends but it will give you back dollars in your bank account.

    When I become partner making 6 figures, I'll start buying me some really nice clothes. Most of the partners in my office dress like the typical American with no fashion sense.


    same w/ my office - what is with them? crappy clothes, crappy cars, wtf?!? If you can last that long to make that kind of loot, why not spend some of it?
     
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    you'll love this story.

    I once hired a guy who had studied jazz music, and been a pro musician for a few years, before getting into sales. the position was sales manager for western europe.


    anyway, we are on a trip in london, we get to heathrow to fly out, and while we are waiting for the flight, he opens his case and takes out a trumpet, leaves the case open and starts to play. I ask him what he is doing, and he says "I need to practise every day to keep up my skills". so I ask "and why did you leave your case open like that?" - he says "well, if people like my playing they can give me a tip"

    so I say to him - ok, we are on a business trip, and we just left a sales meeting, do you not think that it is possible that one day you are going to run into somebody you know while you are busking at the airport? also, what have you been doing for practice all week? so it turns out he has been going out front of our hotels every night to practice, with a hat for tips.

    anyway, I fired him. mostly because he just didn't understand what was wrong with that.


    Yeah, you cant hire jazz musicians, only classically trained!
    I would never do that. Sometimes I travel with the fiddle, but almost never now.
    This is why we have new hires sign a document stating they will not work outside the company.
    I am in the process of hiring a regional sales director, I fear I am going to have to hire someone older than I, which I dont like so much. Now, if they were a musician I would totally hire them provided they have at least 10 years of capitol sales experience in health care.
    I dread the hiring process....
     
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    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    anyway, I fired him. mostly because he just didn't understand what was wrong with that.


    I guess you'd have to fire me as well.

    But, then again, I'd never work for you.
     
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    Yeah, you cant hire jazz musicians, only classically trained! I would never do that. Sometimes I travel with the fiddle, but almost never now. This is why we have new hires sign a document stating they will not work outside the company. I am in the process of hiring a regional sales director, I fear I am going to have to hire someone older than I, which I dont like so much. Now, if they were a musician I would totally hire them provided they have at least 10 years of capitol sales experience in health care. I dread the hiring process....
    Wait a moment....your employees cannot have a second job?
     

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