We’re all susceptible to making job search mistakes. However, some are more impactful than others. No one wants to make a mistake during the job search process that could disqualify…
We’re all susceptible to making job search mistakes. However, some are more impactful than others. No one wants to make a mistake during the job search process that could disqualify them from consideration, especially if you are vying for your dream job.
Most sales recruiters will agree these are the worst job search mistakes that will cost you the sales job:
Using a generic resume to apply for jobs is a thing of the past. If you don’t customize your resume to the job you are applying for, you are pretty much eliminating yourself from contention. Your resume needs to communicate how you are qualified for the job on offer. Other candidates are doing it, and so should you.
The jobs you see online are only a fraction of the available positions. This is why working with a sales recruiter is so valuable. Sales recruiters have access to the hidden job market. They can help match you to available jobs you had no idea were available.
Use your professional network. They are a great source of potential opportunities. They can tell you about who is hiring, set up meetings, and let you know when positions are about to become available.
If you are serious about finding a sales job, you need to be flexible and responsive when recruiters or hiring managers call you. Reply to messages as soon as possible. Be respectful of other people’s time, and do your best to stay top of mind.
Having a great resume will only get you an interview. The interview is what will get you the job. As they say, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you are not willing to put in the work to get ready for a job interview, it will show, and other candidates will outperform you.
Never assume anything. Don’t relax or take it easy until you sign an employment contract. A lot can happen during the time between your interview and when a sales job offer is made.
When you assume the job is yours, you can tend to take your foot off the gas. When this happens, it gives others the opportunity to swoop in and steal the opportunity.
SalesForce Search is a sales recruiting company which specializes in the recruitment and placement of sales professionals. We recruit salespeople in every sector of the economy including, software, manufacturing, financial services and medical devices. Find the right salesperson for your organization, start your search here.
Gabrielle is a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate with a degree in Business Administration. She has a background in both sales and marketing, with experience working in the technology, education, and travel sectors.