7 years ago
February 21, 2017

The Top 5 Sales Positions You Should Apply For

Here are five sales positions that you should consider on your job search.

Rhys Metler


Whether you’re already in the industry and looking to change sales positions or you’re pursuing your first job in sales, there are many sales positions you can apply for. In fact, the amount of sales positions you will find online is almost overwhelming.

It seems like every company is looking to expand their sales departments. Why? Because sales reps are vital to just about every business. Almost every company is selling something—whether it’s services or products—and each one is looking to increase its profit margin by adding superstar sales reps to their teams.

The sales positions you should apply for will depend on your professional goals as well as your level of experience, but here are five sales positions that you should consider on your job search.

Sales Assistant

Sales success is based largely on past experience. You won’t be great on your first day—you need to learn the ins and outs of the profession before you start to make a name for yourself. If you’re just starting out in the sales industry, the first position you should consider is that of a sales assistant. In this position, you’ll be able to learn the ropes without having too much responsibility on your plate. You’ll get to know how to network, how to communicate with clients, and how to pitch what you’re selling without the pressure of actually having to make sales.

Pharmaceutical Sales

Pharmaceutical sales positions are hot right now. They offer a great salary, benefits, flexibility, and opportunities for growth. Additionally, with the baby boomer population aging and people becoming more health conscious, there is great demand for sales reps in this field. It’s one of the most stable and fastest growing sectors in the sales industry, so it’s worth taking a look at sales positions within the pharmaceutical industry.

Sales Manager

If you already have sales experience and you’re looking to get away from the travelling or long days of selling, you should consider becoming a sales manager. In this position, you would manage the entire sales force, ensure that deadlines and goals are met, and ensure that the entire department is running smoothly. With previous experience as a sales rep, you could be a real asset to a company as a sales manager because you already understand the department you’ll be running.

Travelling Sales Rep

If you’re an adventurous person who doesn’t like to sit at a desk from nine to five, then considering a position as a travelling sales rep could be the best option for you. You’ll get the use of a company car, you’ll get great flexibility in your schedule, and you’ll get to move around from town to town, seeing new things and meeting new people along the way. If you’re not tied down to anything at home, travelling sales positions are a great way to experience life while getting a steady pay cheque.

Commissioned Sales Person

Working on commission isn’t for everyone. Many people need the stability of knowing where their next pay cheque is coming from. However, if you’re an awesome sales rep, you can make tons of money with a commission sales job—your skills, and every sale you make, will be directly rewarded with money. These sales positions are also great for people who aren’t too worried about getting a salary, if they’re just looking to make a little extra cash on the side without the stress of working long hours every day.

If you’re considering employment in the sales industry, you’re not alone. It’s a popular avenue that many people strive to enter. The potential for a high salary, a flexible schedule, great benefits, and commission, along with other perks like travelling and the use of a company car, makes it an appealing option. There are many industries and sales positions to choose from, but these five options are worth considering.

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.