If you have recently graduated from college and are just entering the job market, or if you're looking at switching careers mid-stream, it's only natural to trend towards the jobs that are in the highest demand. In tough economic times, it becomes even more important to focus your efforts into the sectors that have the most available jobs.
Sales jobs are always in high demand, no matter what the economy is doing, or even where the company is located. There are several reasons why when all else fails, sales jobs stay strong and even boom. Let's take a look at why you should be considering this in-demand career.
Sales fuel company growth and stability
Unlike many other positions, companies always need sales people. There will always be products and services that need to be sold. Even during the Great Depression, sales people could still count on their careers and probably had more job security than the average American. Companies always need to sell their products and they need someone to do that for them. In order to remain stable and grow in the future, even in tough times a company needs to keep their sales machine rolling.
Higher Turnover Rates
Sales isn't a career that is right for everyone, and the great disparity between types of sales jobs also fuels the high turnover rates that are prevalent in this industry. This can work to your favor however, particularly if you are a talented sales person. Invariably, you'll see new sales jobs posted if not every day, at least a few times a week. If you don't find the job you want today, be patient! A new sales job will open up soon.
Once you land a sales job, you can be assured of stability if you set your own goals and stay motivated. It may be tough at times, but with effort and commitment, you will be an asset that a company won't want to lose.
Breaking into a Sales Job
Remember, there are literally thousands of types of sales positions. Instead of immediately thinking "used cars" when you think of a sales job, start thinking of all of the different industries that are out there. Chances are, you'll be able to find your own profitable sales job niche.
If you're already in sales, start keeping track of your numbers and think about whether or not you want to switch industries. If you have no experience, that's ok. In fact, some companies prefer new hires who haven't learned a specific way to sell -- this guarantees that they'll be more apt to embrace the company's unique sales process.
Once you've landed the sales job you want, make sure you give yourself adequate time to adjust and get moving in your new career. Very few people have overnight success. However, with some hard work and self-motivation, you'll be on your way to a very profitable and exciting career.
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Claire is a Western University graduate with a background in recruiting, sales and customer service. As a Recruitment Consultant, her goals are to place the best people in the right roles resulting in satisfaction for both the candidate and client.
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