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Working As A "Milkman"
After working 3Ĺ months in the horticulture field, I thought itís time for me to try something else in New Zealand. Well, at least something that I might not need to get in touch with the plants this time. Hence, I started browsing through the internet on all the seasonal jobs websites, like what the others will usually do when they need to hunt for a job, hoping that I might have some luck. After 3 days of hunting, I saw a posting titled ĎMilkmaní on one of the websites. Immediately it has caught my attention. I picked up my phone and dialed the number of the contact person, and lucky enough, he scheduled an interview. 10.30am the next day, I went to meet Liam, my interviewer. He explained to me the role of a milkman, and basically, the job is to go door to door in the neighborhood and try to just sell some milk. It sounds really fun after listening to it and I decided to give it a go, after all Iíd been a pharmaceutical representative for 3 years and I believe I can handle this. Feeling all excited for my first day of work. We go as a team of 8 ĎMilkmaní, all from different part of the world. Weíre assigned with 40 houses in a day, and our target is to sign up at least 4 customers for the milk delivery service each day. The first door that I knock on was horrible. The lady probably didnít understand what Iím trying to sell to her because I practically stuttered over my lines and I was talking with the speed of a rocket. I was panic. Obviously she didnít register any with me. I continue to knock on the next door and try to keep myself motivated. After several calls, my lines got better and I was able to generate some interest in my customers. Ended my first day with one sale, which earn me 30 dollar of commission. Not too bad! Itís my second week being as a milkman and Iím still feeling excited being as one. Itís really a lovely feeling when people tell you stories about how the milkman used to deliver milk to their doorstep every morning in the past, and how they appreciate us bringing back the culture once again. It makes them nostalgic. Once in a while weíll be invited into our customerís house as well, simply because detailing outside of the door during winter time is too cold. Itís so warm and comfortable with the firewood burning inside, and sometime it makes me feel reluctant to go out of the house. Definitely we have our bad days as well, such as not getting sales at all in the day, or when itís pouring outside and weíre still required to go door knocking. However, itís a different and awesome experience. It gives me the opportunity to understand the Kiwiís culture more. Besides, it also helps me to strengthen my communication and interpersonal skills. Iím really glad that I have this job and I embrace the experience that Iíve been through.
Submitted by: Camy Chew Date submitted: 4/08/2012 12:00:46 a.m.