It can be tough to get a sales job, or any job, if you have no formal experience. But it’s not impossible. You just need to go about your job…
It can be tough to get a sales job, or any job, if you have no formal experience. But it’s not impossible. You just need to go about your job search the right way. You need to know the things that will get the attention of sales recruiters and hiring managers.
Here are a number of strategies to use to sell yourself to a sales recruiter if you have no formal experience:
You can’t expect to get hired for a senior role if you lack necessary experience, but you may be able to get an entry-level position. Use this as your opportunity to get your foot in the door and then work toward getting promoted to a more senior level. Communicate your willingness to put in the time and effort to make up for your lack of experience.
Without experience, recruiters will be looking for a reason to disqualify you as a candidate. Don’t give them one. This means knowing as much as possible about the company, the role, and how your skills will make you an ideal candidate.
Focusing on the skills you have is important. We all have certain transferable skills that are applicable to sales roles. Use your transferable skill set to find a way to connect yourself and previous experience to the job you want. This will help you position yourself as a viable candidate.
Put your sales skills on display during the interview. You will need to do an effective job of selling the interviewer on why they should choose you over other experienced candidates and why you would be a good fit for the job. Be ready to answer questions about how you will make up for your lack of experience and why the company should take a risk on you.
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Kourtney is a top performing Sales Recruitment specialist focused on helping clients hire the best sales candidates in the market. With 4+ years of experience, she specializes in recruiting Rockstar Sales Producers and Sales Leaders across North America. With a personal background in Telecom Sales, Kourtney knows what separates a good salesperson from a great one. On weekends you’ll find her skiing, golfing, and working out.