“Anything but sales” is a common phrase uttered by job seekers. But a sales career actually has many benefits that you should consider. Read on.
Many job seekers avoid applying for jobs in sales. They have this image of a sleazy car salesman in their minds and that’s something that they absolutely don’t want to be.
It’s time to rid those inaccurate images from your mind. Sales is not what it used to be. And choosing the path of a sales career can actually offer you many benefits that you won’t find in other fields.
Here are just some of the top advantages to consider.
The majority of jobs will pay you a straight salary, and that’s it. No matter if your car breaks down, if you want to buy a house, or if you have a new addition to your household, there’s really no opportunities to increase your income beyond asking for a raise once a year.
But with a sales career, you can get paid commission, incentives, and bonuses for your hard work and dedication. Need some extra cash? Make more sales. You’ll be directly rewarded for your skills and ability to close deals, so you’ll be able to make a lot more money than you could in other jobs. Some of the highest-paid sales jobs include financial services, technical and scientific products, real estate, and insurance.
Want to work in the medical field? In finances? In the literary world? In non-profit or the government? No worries. There are limitless opportunities in sales. You can get a sales career in virtually any field of interest, because everyone needs sales reps to increase revenue. You’ll never be stuck selling a product or service that you don’t like, believe in, or care about, because there are so many opportunities in sales, in all industries, that you’re guaranteed to find a position you love.
All organizations view their sales people as their greatest assets. Not only do they compensate them well, but they’ll do anything to keep their hard-working and loyal sales people on their teams. If you can deliver consistent and reliable results, you’ll rarely be in danger of being replaced or outsourced. As a revenue-generated department, sales rarely faces the same budget cuts that other departments face in adverse economic conditions.
Sick of pushing papers around and entering data? Then a sales career could be just what you need. It’s filled with tangible accomplishments. The results of your efforts are clearly measurable and defined. And you bring real value to an organization. Because you can literally count and measure your accomplishments, you’ll feel fulfilled in your rewarding work.
No two sales opportunities are the same and no two clients are the same. Every day in a sales career is different so your job is never stale. You’ll get to meet new people, travel to new places, and actually have fun. You’ll look forward to every day at work.
Because you’ll be so busy chasing sales, you’ll be having so much fun, and you’ll be travelling from place to place, there’ll be no time to watch the clock. You’ll be able to get out of the dreaded nine-to-five office job and actually get the freedom and flexibility that you crave in your work life. A sales career comes with more than great compensation, like a flexible schedule—you can structure your own day and manage your own time, without a manager breathing down your neck.
You’ll never be bored in a sales career, that’s for sure. You’ll have a job that allows you to continuously learn new transferable skills while creating a challenging work environment for yourself. The technology, the economy, and other factors are always creating continual changes in sales, so there will always be something new to learn. The transferable skills will allow you to move between companies or industries and jump into new job opportunities with ease.
Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 11+ 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 two daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day, tropical vacations and cottaging.