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Thinking of starting on a sales career path.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by mehhhh, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. mehhhh

    mehhhh Well-Known Member

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    Looking to get started in sales, hoping for some advice.

    Background: I'm 25, I'll have a BA in psych at the end of next semester. My GPA is 2.6ish. I'm currently a PT delivery driver. My sales experience is limited to non-commissioned retail. I'm a friendly person and a good communicator. I like to make money, and I like the idea of being motivated by commission.

    I'm thinking about leaving the delivery job and trying to get a part time position at Carmax while I'm in school. The commission is low, but they pay hourly and ask for no previous experience.
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    ok, here's what I would do

    1. put together a good list of sales books, see what you can get from the library, and read them. when you run out of those, buy some from amazon. look for books that address sales from different directions.

    2. see if any of the community colleges in your area have sales programs, try to take a course.

    3. get a job selling something that, effectively, everybody buys - phone service, cable, something like that. those are hard, but they teach you a lot.

    once you get some experience, you can upgrade to a better sales job, then to a better one.

    good luck (oh, and try not to punch anybody on the way)
     
  3. mehhhh

    mehhhh Well-Known Member

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    good luck (oh, and try not to punch anybody on the way)


    Ah, never gonna live that thread down, am I?
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    How thick is your skin?
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    Ah, never gonna live that thread down, am I?

    eventually. just messing with you
     
  6. Blackhood

    Blackhood Well-Known Member

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    Sales a strange one. You will know within 6 weeks if you love it or hate it.

    Personally, when someone hands over their hard earned cash to me, with a smile and thanks, there is no better feeling. Knowing that they have had an experience that cost them a weeks wage and they thought it was good value - thats my job done well.

    I've worked in a few environments, first on a dairy counter, then selling fine art, then high end suiting and now tech contracts.

    When you've had 30 people walk away from you and your targets are shot to pieces, thats when you know you are made for sales. Because normal people will be job hunting. Salesmen will be waiting for the next big client.
     

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