If you’re looking for a new employment opportunity, you should consider a sales position. Here are five reasons why.
You’re sick of your job and you’re thinking of changing careers. Or, you’re just out of school and you don’t know what field you should get into. With millions of career choices, it’s a hard decision to make, and that decision will affect much of your daily life now and in the future.
You may have narrowed down your choices to a few jobs. But let me ask you: Is taking a sales position on that list of options? If not, it certainly should be.
For some reason, there’s a negative connotation surrounding the word “sales”. The term brings up ill feelings towards sleazy used car sales people—people you don’t want to be around. But taking a sales position can actually be an awesome career choice, and you don’t have to be sleazy to be good at it, either.
Not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should apply to a sales position.
One of the biggest selling points of taking a sales position is the money you can receive as compensation for your hard work. Sales can be incredibly lucrative. Although compensation varies widely by industry, it behooves companies to pay their sales people well so they sell more, and in turn, make more revenue.
Great salary packages that include generous commission, benefits, and bonuses on top of base salaries make it easy for you to control your own financial future—the harder you work, the more money you make. That’s a pretty sweet deal that you won’t find in many other careers.
If you’re thinking of getting into sales, we guarantee that you’ll find tons of open sales positions to apply to. Sales people are in high demand. Companies are always looking for new sales reps. No sales means no revenue, which isn’t good for business, so new positions are always opening up. Just about every company seems to have enough in the budget for just one more sales person on its team. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to find a sales position that’s perfect for you and you’ll never be out of work.
We’ve already told you that you’ll always find a sales position to apply to because reps are in such high demand, but what might be even greater is the fact that you can essentially choose to work in any industry. Basically all companies in all sectors need sales people, so whether you want to work in health, fashion, finance, or any other field, you’ll be sure to find a sales position that you can apply to. And if you get bored, you can easily switch from one industry to another.
It’s easy to change industries or even careers completely because the skills you’ll gain in a sales position are highly transferable. You’ll learn how to deal with customers, read people, network and build relationships, build trust, anticipate and rebut objections, and much more. All of these skills are important in any job you may switch to in the future. But most importantly, you’ll learn how to sell yourself and anything else. And really, every job is about selling, whether you’re trying to push a great idea, pitch an article, or physically sell a product or service.
In a sales position, you get a lot of perks that aren’t available in many other jobs. You’ll get the freedom and independence to work on your own terms. You might get the opportunity to travel the country, or even the world. You might even get a company car, computer, and cell phone, which will keep more of your own money in your pocket. Not to mention, if you’re a great sales person, you could get perks like concert tickets, vacations, and other incentives when you hit your sales targets and get your bonus.
Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 11+ 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 two daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day, tropical vacations and cottaging.