How to Know if a Sales Career is Right for You

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Setting out to find a sales job can be tough — there are a lot of other candidates out there, just like you. You’re all educated and motivated self-starters who is always a team player and can always meet a deadline while exceeding expectations. Right? The thing is, sales careers aren’t for everyone. Many people just aren’t cut out for sales jobs, so it’s important to think carefully about whether or not it’s something you actually want to pursue. Here are three ways to tell if a sales job might be right for you.

If you have good tech skills.
One good indicator that you might find success in a sales career is if you’re pretty tech savvy. These days, clients expect high tech presentations — PowerPoint just isn’t going to cut it anymore. You need to be able to impress clients with your skills and knowledge. Additionally, more and more proposals are taking place over the phone or video chat, so you’ll need to know how to make these things work smoothly.

If you’re a quick learner.
Everyone sells themselves as a “quick learner,” but to be a successful salesperson, you really do need to be able to learn quickly. You’ll need to learn everything about your company’s business and the product you’re selling as quickly as possible so you can start selling. If you’re not completely sure of what you’re selling or who you’re working for, you’re going to have problems being successful.

If your personality is right.
Successful sales people all have a certain set of personality traits that make them good at what they do. Sales people need to be persistent, outgoing, charismatic, and a number of other traits. Sales people also need to have spot on communication skills — whether it’s in person or in writing.

Do you have any questions about what it takes to make it in a career in sales? Feel free to ask us in the comments section below.