6 years ago
April 24, 2018

The 6 WORST Job Search Mistakes Recruiters Agree Will Cost You That Sales Job

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…

Rhys Metler

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:

1. Failing to customize your resume

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.

2. Only applying for jobs you see online

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.

3. Failing to take advantage of your network of sales professionals

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.

4. Not being responsive

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.

5. Poor interview preparation

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.

6. Assuming you have the job before an offer is made

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.

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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.