Looking for a sales job can be a stressful experience. You want the search to be as short as possible. Prolonging the situation only makes it worse. The reason why…
Looking for a sales job can be a stressful experience. You want the search to be as short as possible. Prolonging the situation only makes it worse. The reason why some sales professionals have trouble getting a job is they are making common sales job hunt mistakes. You could be doing something that you are not even realizing is bad form.
Below, our sales recruiters list the most common mistakes they see from sales job candidates:
It’s never recommended for you to quit your current job before you have secured a new position. Not having a job will only add more stress on you to find something. Stick with your current company and keep a paycheck coming in.
While having a strong resume is important, it’s not the only thing that matters. Many job hunters spend too much time tweaking their resumes and not enough time networking, researching potential employers, and preparing for interviews.
It’s important to have a good understanding of the company you’re applying to, its products or services, and its culture. This shows that you’re genuinely interested in the job and have taken the time to do your research. Plus, the depth of your research is a skill you can put on display for interviewers. After all, many companies covet sales reps that put in the extra work to learn about clients.
Sending out the same generic resume and cover letter to every sales job application is a common mistake. It’s important to customize your application to the specific sales job you’re applying for, highlighting your relevant skills and experience.
Many job hunters don’t adequately prepare for interviews. This can lead to nervousness, a lack of confidence, and poor performance. It’s important to research common interview questions, practice your answers, and have a good understanding of the company and job requirements. How much do you really want the job?
Salespeople are often known for their ability to talk and persuade, but it’s important to also listen actively and understand the needs and concerns of the employer, just like you would a customer. Focus on actively listening to the interviewer so you can provide better answers to the questions you are asked.
Networking is a crucial part of sales, and it’s important to build relationships with other sales professionals and potential employers. This can help you learn about job opportunities, gain industry insights, and build your professional reputation. The more people you know the better.
Fortunately, these common sales job search mistakes can be overcome. Focus your time and efforts on the right things and you’ll put yourself in a better position to get a job offer.
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Elizabeth is a sales recruiter that has led and developed multiple top sales teams in Canada in the Automotive, Retail, and Sports Industries. With 6+ years of corporate sales experience, she knows what separates a good salesperson from a great salesperson. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Specialization in Marketing and Accounting with Honours from the Schulich School of Business at York University.