There must be a word for that feeling of despair you experience when you stare at the empty white box on a Google search page. Search Engine Overwhelm? Googly Eyes? I don’t know what it’s called, but I’ve certainly been right there with you, and I know that it’s even worse when you’re starting to look for a job. What should you put in that dreaded blank box? Don’t despair: I’ve done the hard work so you can just focus on the actual work part.
Let’s take a look at what the wide world of the web (now that’s a mouthful) has to say about getting a job in sales.
Working in Sales: The Basics
First things first, what is it actually like to work in sales? And which jobs are right for recent grads? Our blog post and One Day, One Job break the topic into totally manageable bite-sized pieces. If you’re interested in working in tech but don’t necessarily have a tech background, you might want to consider working as a salesperson in the tech industry. Higher Education Weblog breaks it down for you.
Take a Look Inside
You know that saying about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well, the same is true for a video, only about a bajillion times more. Start with “Selling is hard work” from Infoteam Sales Process Consulting. It’s a cute little animated guide to what it’s like to work in sales.
If you’re dying to know what it’s like to work at Google (and who isn’t?), check out these videos from sales interns at the London and Paris offices. And if you thought that sales was only about the numbers, just listen to what Clay Coyle, a sales effectiveness manager at LinkedIn, has to say about his job.
Taking the Plunge
Are you a college student or recent grad wondering if taking a job in sales is the right step for you? Check out what Ms. Career Girl has to say on the subject. Graduated and Clueless also offers a great list of the pros and cons of working in sales.
Homework time! Make a few notes about what you’ve read and watched. What appeals to you about certain companies and jobs? Anything that makes you run screaming in the other direction? Use this info to help guide your job search.
P.S. How did it go? Let us know if you have any specific questions or found any useful links you’d like to share!