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    Name: Kevin Meyer
    Job Title: Real Estate Agent
    Years of Experience: 9+
    Where: Woodinville, WA
    Current Employer: Coldwell Banker Bain
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Market Leader LLC - a leading provider of real estate marketing software
    Education: Rockwell Real Estate Institution Bellevue College
    Salary: Research the median real estate agent salary.

    Real Estate Salaries - Getting Started in a Real Estate Career

    Real estate salaries can vary greatly depending on how long an agent has been in the business, changes in the economy, location and many other factors. Since real estate agents are generally paid on commission rather than earning a set salary, getting clients can be one of the most important parts of the job. For those just getting started in a real estate career, honing skills in marketing and customer service can help build a successful business. In this Salary Story, real estate agent Kevin Meyer describes what it's really like to be an agent, and offers valuable advice for individuals who are just getting started in a real estate career.

  • Event Specialist Jobs - Demonstrators and Product Promoters

    Name: Sara Blackmon
    Job Title: Event Specialist
    Where: Gastonia, NC
    Current Employer: Crossmark, Inc.
    Education: Olympic High School
    Salary: Research median salaries for demonstrators and product promoters.

    Event Specialist Jobs - Demonstrators and Product Promoters

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a positive job outlook for demonstrators and product promoters over the next several years. That's good news for people who enjoy working with the public and want a flexible work schedule. In this Salary Story, we get an insider's look at what demonstrators and product promoters do on a  daily basis - learning about new products, working in different venues, and communicating with a wide variety of people. Not to mention avoiding the occasional exploding carton of milk. Keep reading to find out why this job can be both challenging and fun.


  • Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    Name: Jason Schumaker
    Job Title: Producer/"Blog Dog"/Event Coordinator
    Current Employer: BetterPhoto.com
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Years of Experience: 5
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked as an editor and writer for a computer magazine.
    Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor's in Journalism; Summit School of Guitar, Vancouver Island, Canada, trained as a guitar builder and repairman.
    Salary: Research salaries for event coordinator, web producer and blogging jobs.

    Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    In this Salary Story, we hear from Jason Schumaker, a self-described "Jason of all trades." He explains what it's like to juggle multiple roles in his job at BetterPhoto.com. On any give day, you may find him working as event coordinator, editing video footage, or blogging on one of the company blogs. And that's just a small part of his producer job description. If you're interested in blogging jobs or other online writing positions, keep reading to get Jason's advice on how to produce compelling content. 


  • Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description
    Name: Carol Pocina
    Job Title: Copywriter
    Years of Experience: 3
    Where: Minneaplis, MN
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked on directories for community services. Talked with people that offered free services and wrote informational paragraphs for directory.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for copywriter salary data.

    Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description

    How do you get started as a copywriter? In this Salary Story, we hear about one copywriter's career path from completing a marketing degree to finding freelance copywriting jobs. She shares advice on what to expect from copywriter careers, especially as an entry-level writer. She also offers insight into the salary of a copywriter and explains why copywriter jobs can be both challenging and fun.  If you're looking for a creative occupation or just want to know more about freelance writing jobs, keep reading to find out more.

    PayScale: What is your copywriter job description?

    I work on writing copy for clients' ads and brochures. I do research on the technical properties of the products I write about and try to determine what makes the product appealing to the people who will read my work. Currently I am writing about tools that painting contractors use and copper metal roofs. Copywriting isn't always exciting.
  • Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Name: Marg
    Job Title: Marketing Consultant
    Where: Northeast PA
    Current Employer: National Marketing Company
    Years of Experience: 6
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Program Coordinator/Writer
    Education: BA Sociology, Assoc. Equivalency Paralegal, Assoc. Education
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median salaries for marketers.

    Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Many businesses need their products to be marketed creatively, not just via advertising or the Internet, but through face-to-face contact with potential customers. An intriguing display can help draw people in to sample products and get information. For a successful marketer, flexibility is key - changing products, setting up multiple displays, and interacting with various consumers may all be part of a days work. In this Salary Story, an experienced marketing consultant describes what it's like to market products in various retail locations. Find out why merchandising jobs can be both fun and challenging.

    PayScale: What is your marketing consultant job description?

    Merchandise products from manufacturers, set up displays, distribute sample products, brochures and coupons to consumers.

  • Outside Sales Representative Job Description
    Name: Jason M.
    Job Title: Co-owner & main sales rep – ilocalonline.com
    Where: Black Diamond, WA
    Current Employer: iLocal Marketing, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 11 Years
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Numerous Sales Jobs, Print Advertising, Internet Marketing, Telecommunications, Telemarketing, Outside Sales
    Education: Green River Community College, AA Degree; Washington State University
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median outside sales representative salary.

    Outside Sales Representative Salary and Job Description

    Outside sales representatives, also simply known as sales reps, are professionals who commonly travel to businesses or other organizations in order to sell their firm’s products or services. Maintaining contact with current customers and attracting new ones, professional sales reps make presentations to buyers and management or may demonstrate items to production supervisors. Salaries are typically at least partly based on performance as outside sales workers frequently receive commissions on their sales. Although many sales workers receive a base salary in addition to commission, some receive compensation based solely on sales revenue.

    In this Salary Story, Jason outlines an outside sales representative job description, explains how he got into the field, and discusses the top challenges he faces as small business owner. In addition to describing his sales rep position, Jason also explains how he became co-owner of a small Seattle Advertising Agency. Although outside sales representative jobs are typically lucrative, Jason’s decision to go into business for himself could be a particularly wise move, based on the typical salary of a small business owner. Keep reading to get an insider's look at owning an advertising and website development business.
  • Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant Description
    Name: Lars Carlson
    Job Title: Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant
    Years of Experience: ½ year
    Other Relevant Work Experience: 5 years of basic administrative, clerical & computer skills in US Army and inventory manager at office furniture installation firm.
    Employer: Northwest Territorial Mint
    Where Do You Currently Do This Work? Auburn, WA
    Education: B.A. Marketing from UW; Specialty classes at School of Visual Concepts
    Salary: Use PayScale to research compensation for marketing jobs.

    Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant Description

    Marketing and administrative assistant is a growing career field and common first job for recent college graduates. In this interview, Lars Carlson provides detailed information on the role of administrative assistants at a manufacturing and precious metals sales company. Lars gives an overall marketing job description and explains what to expect from entry-level positions. He goes over all aspects of his experience and offers marketing and administrative assistant tips that are helpful to others looking to enter the field. The skills learned in performing the duties of a marketer or administrative assistant are relevant to any other office work, even in an unrelated field such a finance or legal. In addition, a job in the marketing department of a firm is good preparation for eventually working at an advertising agency, the ultimate goal of many in this field. Find out why marketing has proven to be a rewarding career choice.

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    Name: Karen Martel
    Job Title: Administrative and Marketing Assistant
    Where: North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Years of Experience: 5 years
    Education: Lampeter comprehensive, Cardigan College FE, SW London Poly: STEC VIC
    Employer: Battlefords Tourism
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average salary for marketing assistant jobs.

    Marketing Assistant Job - Travel and Tourism Industry

    Marketing for people’s tourist dollar can be some of the hardest marketing around. Creating effective communications and promotions for tourism requires a talented assistant with great customer service skills. Karen Martel has the qualities of a marketing assistant needed to do the job. She works in a relatively small travel market, so the advantages of developing a tourism marketing strategy are not lost on her. In this Salary Story, Karen describes the different aspects of her job, from customer service to office management and marketing. Find out why she loves being an administrative and marketing assistant within the travel and tourism industry.

    PayScale: What is expected in the job of administrative and marketing assistant?

    Look after phones, all office duties, all administrative duties in running the office, and assist callers and visitors with information on the local area. Compile stats, assist with marketing projects for the city, town and municipality. Assist my boss with projects, such as the AGM, tourism awareness week, summer projects requiring supervision of students. Compile and work on the visitor guide for the area - including advertising, editorial, events and who to send it to - and send it out world wide. Keep comprehensive databases of the distribution for literature, upkeep of website (including a travellers' blog), and many other duties.

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