Inside Sales Representative at Groupon
"I make people buy coupons."
Kerry Orra wasn’t attracted to it company Groupon for the deals or the baller Chicago office. After realizing the retail merchandising biz wasn’t for her, Kerry decided to give inside sales a shot when she discovered she could “be a chatty Kathy everyday and get paid for it.” Now she works with select merchants in the Midwest and convinces them to offer mad discounts to the public. After she does her thang, the Groupon copywriters work their infamous, hilarious magic and boom, you just got yourself a 50% off coupon for that massage you’ve been meaning to book for the last six months. It’s the Lord’s work, if you ask me.
Let’s talk about college. I attended Ohio University in Athens, OH and majored in Retail (Fashion) Merchandising. Being someone who has been into fashion styling and design my entire life, I figured this was right up my alley. And I think it could have been… had I taken it a little more seriously.
What was your first job? My first job, other than babysitting the neighbor kids, was at a company called National Family Opinion. I called and surveyed people who elected to take part. They would test out new products (mostly household goods) and answer a series of questions I read from a script. It was miserable. But at 16, being told to do anything you didn’t want to do was the end of the world.
What about your worst job? See above.
What’s your dream job? Fashion stylist for Vogue, music journalist at Rolling Stone in 1979, or a rock star. Sounds cliche, but it’s 100% true.
A job you would never want? Anything in the investment banking industry. I worked for one once and was surrounded by zombies with dollar signs for eyeballs.
So, how did you get this job? I had prior sales experience and was ready for a change, so I submitted my resume to Groupon via LinkedIn. A few days later I got a call. After a phone interview, another phone interview, two in-person interviews, and three Skype interviews, I was offered a job! Phewwww!
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