7 years ago
February 21, 2017

5 Reasons to Start Looking for a Better Sales Job

If you’re not feeling fulfilled in your current sales job, it’s time to search for a new one. Here are five reasons to start looking for a better job.

Rhys Metler


Choosing a career in sales can be fulfilling and lucrative. However, if you don’t love your sales job, it might be time to start looking for a better one. Because virtually every organization needs sales people, there are tons of sales opportunities on the market to choose from. From different types of sales positions to vastly different industries, you’ll be able to find one that you really enjoy and want to stay in long term.

If any of these five things apply to you in your sales job, it’s time to keep searching until you find a better one.

You Have Little Opportunity for Advancement

When you’ve learned everything you can from your sales job and there’s really no opportunity for advancement, you’re going to start feeling dissatisfied. People need challenges in their lives and both personal and professional advancement are important for you to grow as a person and keep bettering yourself.

Many sales organizations offer opportunities for their sales people to advance. They hire from within when managerial positions become available. They offer to pay for courses and certificates. And they encourage their sales teams to attend conferences and educational industry events.

You’re Not Being Appreciated

It sucks going to work every day, trying your best, and working your hardest to close deals when you’re not being appreciated. If no one is even acknowledging the efforts you put into your work, you can start to feel resentful towards your job, your supervisor, and the organization you work for as a whole. You can find a better sales job where hard work is recognized, appreciated, and rewarded.

You Don’t Fit into the Company Culture

It’s really difficult to give it your all at a sales job if you just don’t match the company’s culture. If you don’t have the same values, ethics, and goals as your company does, it’s time to leave. You won’t be invested and you won’t feel fulfilled. For example, a laid-back sales rep won’t do well in a fast-paced, highly structured environment.

Start looking for a better sales job, and keep cultural fit into consideration when you’re applying. Eventually, you will find an organization that you mesh with perfectly, and this will make you more motivated and productive to achieve greatness.

You’re Not Making Enough Money

One of the main reasons people leave any type of job is because they’re not making enough money. If you believe your salary is too low and there are no solid plans for a raise in the immediate future, then you need to move on.

You know what you’re worth and you need to find a company that will compensate you for your great skills and experience. Consider taking a new sales job that offers a salary base plus commission, so the harder you work, the more money you can make in order to be financially secure.

You’re Unhappy

If you’re unhappy because of the above four reasons or for other reasons altogether, there’s no reason you should stay in your current sales job. Disliking your coworkers, a commute that’s unreasonably long, products or services that you don’t believe in—there are many reasons why you might be unhappy in your sales job. But in the end, it doesn’t matter why. It matters that you do something about it.

When your work is such a big part of your life and overall satisfaction and happiness, you simply can’t settle for a sales job that is making you miserable. These feelings will then cross over to other parts of your life and you’ll have difficulty being happy in anything you do—especially if you’re always thinking about your work life during off hours.

With so many sales opportunities on the market, you’re bound to find one that you like better—one that makes you happy. Just keep searching until you find it.


Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.