Careers in Sales
Experience.com’s Rising Stars series brings to life real stories of achievement and challenges from young people today in jobs across the industries.
Here are some of the young women they feature who have hit their stride pursuing careers in sales.
Brea Hall, Driving the Wienermobile to Inside Sales
Name: Brea Hall
Title: Client Experience Specialist
Company: Cleveland Cavaliers
School: Pennsylvania State University
Years Out of College: 0-2
Major: Advertising/Public Relations
I was absolutely surprised that I ended up in sales when I came out of a public relations curriculum. However, now that I am here, I see how business skills, communications skills and personality can be a great combination to accomplish anything.
Brea learned about marketing and public relations in a very hands-on way immediately after college: she spent a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Later, she was able to translate those skills into an Inside Sales position in the National Basketball Association and then to a higher-level role in Client Services. She credits her business and communication know-how, along with her outgoing personality, with getting her where she is today…Click here to read more about Brea.
Kelly Champagne, Finding a Place in Software Sales
Name: Kelly Champagne
Title: Account Manager
Company: The MathWorks
School: Bentley College
Years Out of College: 5-10
I never really thought about sales when I was in school. It wasn’t really discussed in terms of a viable profession in college. I always sort of pictured sales in the retail/car dealership sense.
Kelly never thought she would land in sales. In fact, she hated most sales jobs until she found software sales, a specific role involving strong product knowledge and deep client relationships. Along the way, Kelly has worked with people who believed she had the potential to succeed, and they were right… Click here to read more about Kelly.
Maureen Keyo, Sales: A Ticket to a Dream Job
Name: Maureen Keyo
Title: Premium Sales Manager
Company: Boston Celtics
School: College of the Holy Cross
Years Out of College: 5-10
Major: Political Science/Spanish
It is important for recent graduates to resist pigeonholing themselves into a specific role or function,” she said. “If you know what you want to do, that is terrific. But most of my classmates coming out of college were not sure, and that was totally fine.”
Maureen acknowledges that her job has almost nothing to do with her political science degree, but she values her liberal arts education for the opportunities it gave her to be a “well-rounded and versatile job candidate.” Though her career path was unexpected, this successful sales manager has shown that hard work can turn a strong interest into a solid job…Click here to read more about Maureen.
Visit Experience.com to read more about these women as well as Rising Stars in a variety industries including entertainment, accounting, technology, finance, education, and non-profit.
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If you’re more of a generalist without a strong technical area of knowledge or expertise, you ought to consider sales. We’re often told by women that their idea of sales typically involves unsightly images of a bald man hawking used cars with an insincere smile. Don’t be alarmed: the sales profession as a whole isn’t sleazy at all.
On the contrary, sales jobs exist in every industry and every country in the world, and require just as much professionalism as any other field.
Careers in sales can be big money-makers too, especially if you’re good.
Such opportunities are ideal for women with great personalities, endless energy and solid people skills. Not only does sales experience strengthen these traits, the profession also builds confidence and teaches us how to think more quickly on our feet. Most women who lead fundraisers – whether at their kids schools or for charitable organizations – don’t realize that every aspect of their role as a fundraiser is about selling.
The perks are fabulous in sales and these jobs often place you on the fast track to some of the biggest and best corporate jobs. It’s a great first step to marketing, business development, senior management and other areas. Everyone loves someone with a solid record of generating revenue.
Your best bet is to find an opportunity selling something you already like – a product or service you use or believe in. There’s no shortage of industries and employers to pursue.
But keep in mind: thin skin won’t cut it. There’s lot of rejection in sales, so strong confidence is essential. You must be willing to bounce back from “No!” and keep plugging away until you close the deal!
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