I've been unemployed since late Feb, and I recently (May 2012) took a job with an insurance company.
I was told that I would be making appointments for insurance agents. I thought it would be customer service (which is my specialty) and secretarial. However, after I took the job it turned out that I was a telemarketer cold-calling to sell insurance.
That's right, I'm one of those SOBs that call you during dinner and try to talk you into buying something you don't want.
I hate what I'm doing, but financially I can't afford to quit this job, so while I'm looking for something else I want to ask all of you: What can I say without being irritating and without losing my job?
I will be fired if I don't get X amount of people signed up each week.
I know that I would hang up on someone like me; what could I say to you that would at the very least negate the negativity and bring me to, at minimum, a neutral, potentially positive, level.
What I am offering is "A free, no obligation, competitive quote." Unfortunately, I know that the company I work for generally has higher prices than others, but also delivers a higher level of customer service.
Like I said, I hate to be the @#$hole who calls you during dinner (I work 3p-8p) but at the same time, if I lose this job, I'll lose my car, and I'll default on credit cards and student loans.
Any advice is appreciated.