8 months ago
April 3, 2018

I Want a Promotion! 4 Highly Unflattering Behaviours Sales Reps Should Avoid

Almost anyone you work within sales wants to get a promotion. If they are a junior rep, they want to be a senior rep. If they are an account manager,…

Rhys Metler

Almost anyone you work within sales wants to get a promotion. If they are a junior rep, they want to be a senior rep. If they are an account manager, they want to be an executive account manager.

But we all can’t just get a promotion because we want one.  Even if you are due for one, it’s important for reps and sales recruiters to earn it and continue to put in good work until a promotion is available. Easier said than done, right?

It can be difficult to stay positive and motivated when you feel like you are being overlooked or passed up for a promotion. But just because you didn’t get it this time doesn’t mean you won’t get the next one.

This is why how you behave matters so much. Management is paying attention, and if you display unflattering behaviours, you could take yourself out of contention.

1. Having a Sense of Entitlement

Sure, you may think you deserve a promotion, and you just might, but walking around the office with a sense of entitlement will not help your cause. No one likes someone who believes they deserve things. Rather, focus on earning a promotion and proving your worth to the organization.

2. Throwing Other Reps Under the Bus

Throwing other sales reps under the bus, speaking poorly of co-workers, and taking actions to make sure you get ahead can not only hinder your ability to get the next promotion, it could hurt your reputation and impact your ability to ever be considered. You need to be a team player.

3. Being a Know-It-All

No one likes to work with know-it-alls. Not even your manager has all the answers. Companies are more interested in promoting individuals who ask questions, want to learn, and are interested in growing professionally over those who think they know everything. Focus on adding new skills and knowledge to become a better candidate for promotion.

4. Acting As If You Are Irreplaceable

While some may think so, very few sales professionals are irreplaceable. Don’t think that you are, either. There are plenty of talented sales reps eager to take your position.

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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.