Think twice before hanging up

By Jessica Chindgren

Annoying. Disruptive. Intrusive. These may be words that come to your mind when you think of a telemarketer.  As of three weeks ago, I would have agreed.
Then I started a job as a telemarketer.
Yes, I chose the hated role of the annoying, disruptive and intrusive, but I needed a job—plain and simple. Rent due, bills due, tuition due; I needed a job. We’ve all been there, taken a job because we needed it, not because it was really what we wanted. So why is it that we treat telemarketers with little or no respect? We’ve all been there, right?
Yes, it is true, telemarketers a lot of the time can be an annoyance. But does that mean they aren’t human and don’t deserve to be treated with respect? These telemarketers are people, just like you.  You have no idea what may be going on in their lives and your attitude, good or bad, has an effect on them.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “If I’m not rude, the telemarketer won’t leave me alone.” I understand the reason people think this; I thought that too. Telemarketers have a very negative image.  The stereotype is that telemarketers are only out to sell you on something, and they won’t stop until you are sold on it. However, this often isn’t true. We have to remember that this is a stereotype.
Don’t ever treat blondes as if they are smart; they are dumb. Never let Arabs on a plane; they are terrorists. Don’t ever give telemarketers the time of day; they are only out to get your money. As you can see, these stereotypes are wrong and we shouldn’t treat people according to stereotypes.
How would you like it if you were working a job that you already didn’t enjoy and almost everyone you talked to treated you like an annoyance? It’s awful. No one, no matter what stereotype, deserves to be treated as an annoyance.  We are all human, we are all trying to make it in this world and we should all treat others with the respect that they deserve.
Overall, if you treat telemarketers with respect, they will treat you with respect. If the telemarketer knows that you aren’t interested, he or she will not waste time on you. If you aren’t interested, let them know; just do so nicely. It really is easier than you may think.
So next time you get a call from a telemarketer, don’t be so quick to hang up, yell, or play a nasty trick.  Think if it was you or someone you knew on the other line. “Treat others the way you wish to be treated.”