Southwestern Advantage

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Best two summer's in college

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Former Employee - Southwestern Direct Contractor
Former Employee - Southwestern Direct Contractor

I worked at Southwestern Advantage

Pros

The best way to display motivation and also build your resume in college is through the Southwestern Companies Internship program. It's the toughest and most demanding internship and will push you to your limits physically, emotionally, and even mentally. Completely worth every minute. You will learn how hard and how far you can push yourself and also how much you had limited yourself before learning the art from of direct sales. This job is not for everyone but will benefit anyone who attempts a summer and completes the entire experience.

Southwestern also has a topped ranked collegiate sales training program and also only promotes from within with a strict focus being on whether you have good management abilities and not so much on whether you are a great seller unlike some sales companies.

Cons

Sometimes their product levels are antiquated and not as relevant to client needs. However, there is now an entire division set aside to the revamping and creation of bleeding edge product offerings. Also, since you are running your own business, I would like the company to provide a better tax education as to how best to use business expense write-offs and 1099 filing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Introduce a health benefits program for student managers and also implement a base salary for corporate recruiters. It will make a lot more of them remain with the company and also allow Southwestern to remain competitive with the growing surge of sales companies that offer some type of base income.

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    It's a long hard road, but looking back it's all worth it.

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    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    It's really challenging out there in the book field, but that's what's also great about it. You learn a lot about yourself, how to handle difficult situations, persist until you succeed, be self-motivated, maintain a positive mental attitude, vanquish any fears of rejection and the unknown, and other great qualities that last you a life time. The friends you make there will be in you wedding some day, and the alumni are very supportive. Also, the training is top notch, and it always looks good on your resume when you first go out into the job market looking for your "real job". If you're looking to get into sales in the future, this is a great stepping stone.

    Cons

    This program is not for everyone. The hours are long . Your first summer, when you don't really know what it's really like out there, you sometimes feel that you are under paid for the work and hours you put in (in terms of actual cash). There are days when it seems impossible. Rejection is constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have housing set up for everyone, at all times.

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    Incredible learning experience applicable to any industry, regardless of your professional goals.

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    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and training. You have the opportunity to develop skills that are normally not present in entry level positions. Extremely competitive and the individuals who work here are outstanding.

    Cons

    Incredibly hard work and extremely risky. Expenses are completely dependent on you and it's a 100% commission job, so there's a big possibility that financially you won't want to be where you want, but at the end of the day, it's all about how hard you work

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