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Landing The Best Sales Job in Tech

Finding the best sales tech job is a challenge. It requires hard work, focus, and resourcefulness. The skills we will discuss do not only apply to land a job. They will help you become a rainmaker for your company. No matter what your experience in the field, if you come at this with a positive attitude you can land that great new job in sales tech.

However, a positive attitude will not take you the entire way. Nobody can just walk in the door at Apple and demand the job of their dreams. You will need to spend some time in the industry before big companies will even consider you. Don’t think that can skip the line to the top. This is your career, prepare for a lifelong commitment to mastery.

Consider this process as the first step to focusing on your craft. You may need to begin at smaller companies that don’t necessarily have the brand awareness of your dream job. In fact, starting your career at a small company with an unknown brand can be a great opportunity. If you can help a small company grow exponentially, then you will have a real victory on your resume. The more you succeed, the more leverage you will have in the industry.

Perhaps, however, you’re already experienced in sales and are looking to improve. We believe that even the experienced can benefit from going back to the fundamentals of what makes a good salesperson. Apply the lessons we will discuss in our lessons, and you’ll go from good to great.

The key here is what is the best position for you. Everybody has their own particular set of skills. The worst thing you can do is take a new position that does not play to your strengths. So we already know you have to hustle, be motivated, and know how to produce results in order to get the best job possible. Now let’s look at how to nail down that position that you know you can thrive in.

Radar

Nobody is going to hand you the ideal job. No matter how long you meditate and visualize the job you want, nothing will happen until you go out and make it happen. Part of that process is being aware of what’s going on in the industry. Make a list of companies you are interested in and learn as much about them as you can.

Learn about their culture and work life. See if you can determine the quality of the company before you even make an effort to apply. Find the networking events they attend, connect with them on LinkedIn or their social channels. Do everything you can to make connections and source information. Not only will this inquisitive mindset help you in getting the right job for you, but it will also help develop your skills when you’re actually working in sales.

Sales Landscape

According to LinkedIn, sales is the single most important component of a strong candidate. There are so many ways people can distract their employers from the fact that they may not be good at sales. They can decorate their resumes, lean heavily on their college degree, or even point to their numerous extracurricular activities. Always remember this, nothing compares to the ability to makes sales.

We will talk a lot about the macro level of hiring in this industry and as you read you will be achieving the goal of educating yourself on the topic. But this does not mean you can rely on this program alone. Seek out friends in the industry and start networking with companies even though you know you don’t want to work for them. Any connection is a good connection in sales and individual growth.

The Interview Process

Learning more about sales will make you see the world a bit differently. You will begin to see more and more things as a sales process. There’s something you want, but you can’t have. Therefore you develop a way to communicate what you want, a way to offer equal or greater value, and finally closing the deal.

The interview process is no different. Your potential employer is looking for something and is willing to offer something of value in return. After you decide that you are willing to accept what they will offer, then it’s your turn to prove to them you can return the exchange with something equal or greater. This is much easier said than done.

The best way to start with your best foot forward is to make sure all written communication is perfect. There is no excuse for typos here because you have plenty of time to read through your writing multiple times. Be clear and concise, do your best to judge the situation to see if slight humor or a complete dry interaction is necessary.

Research everyone you make contact with during the hiring process. The more you know the people you’re interacting with the better you will feel when you come face to face with them. If you know who they are before they know you, you will display a sharp intellect and a real desire to be a part of the team.

Like every sale, you need to be committed to the close. Whatever they throw at you be ready to meet their needs and move on to the next step. Do not procrastinate on replying to emails or sending the necessary documents. This will be an immediate red flag for them and they will quickly pass you up for someone more diligent.

How To Prepare For The Onsite Interview

How To Prepare For The Onsite Interview

The onsite interview can be an intimidating stage of the hiring process. After all the work you’ve put in, you’re finally getting a shot to prove yourself. The following tips will help you answer questions and stand out from your competition.

Research the entire organization.

There are a lot of tools available that will help you do in-depth research on the company you are interviewing for. Tools like Vault, CareerSearch or The Riley Guide will provide a macro-level analysis of the organization and the industry as a whole.

It may seem simple but, visit the organization’s website. Make sure you understand exactly what they are offering. You can determine a lot about a company culture by looking at their website carefully. For example, make sure to check out their mission statement. Are they advocating from a moral cause? Are they trying to be the best in the industry? How can you help them achieve there mission?

Assess their products, services and client base. The key word here is “assess.” Don’t just get an understanding of what their product is, but understand its faults and strengths. When discussing the product offer suggestions about what, in your opinion, could be done better. Be cautious here, they probably know more about their product than you do, you don’t want to come off as naive by making a suggestion they have written off 6 months ago.

Get an idea of where the company has been and where it’s going. Reading relevant articles concerning the companies stability and future growth will provide you with great opportunities to show your understanding of the companies destiny.

Have some questions prepared? A company expects you to be curious about the position. They want you to show interest by asking good questions they themselves might not have answered in the interview.

Presentation

First impressions are the most important. If you walk into your interview sloppy and unprepared, they will have no choice but to consider you sloppy and unprepared. At a bare minimum make sure that you’re wearing clean business casual attire that fits you well.

The default for any interview is conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes. Some companies suggest “business casual.” Your best bet in this situation is always to err formal. It’s always best to appear a little too formal rather than a little too informal.

Iron your clothes before attending the interview. This falls into the category of presenting yourself as a clean and efficient person. A crisp ironed suit will not only look good, but it will speak volumes about your character.

Your presentation also depends on how prepared you are, here are a few things you should have ready during the interview:

  • Extra copies of your resume on quality paper
  • A notepad or professional binder and pen
  • A list of references
  • The information you might need to complete an application
  • A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

Closing The Interview

Ending the interview can be tricky. The last impression is sometimes the 2nd most memorable thing about your interview. To impress at the end of the interview make sure you have some in-depth questions about the company or your position/responsibilities. Questions that show that you have done your homework and are genuinely curious.

This is a good time to confront any issues you may be facing. No job is perfect, so making sure any negative aspects of the position are fully discussed and made clear. Once that’s done be sure to remind them of your skills and your passion for the position. Ask about the necessary next steps and if they need any more information from you.

End politely. A bit of wit and a smile can go a long way at the end of the interview.

Follow up

Always say thank you after the interview. You can do this through e-mail or even send an actual note. Make sure you show them you are grateful for their time. Even if you know you won’t be working there for whatever reason, it’s important to show that you are diligent in your process. The hiring process is stressful for everybody involved, it’s nice to get some positive feedback even for the employer.

Additionally, it may even prompt the employer to give you some helpful feedback. Sometimes we can have an interview and the interview never lets us know what went right and what went wrong. Getting as much information as you can is very important, this is another reason why the follow up is necessary.

Conclusion

The habits you develop during the interview process will carry over to your habits in sales. Being prepared, knowledgeable, and respectful will pave the way to success for you everything you do. These skills are more than just basic interview do’s and don’ts. They are skills that represent who you are as a professional.

Negotiating Your Sales Job Offer

Negotiating Your Sales Job Offer

You did it. You received an offer. All of your hard work has paid off, and now all you have to do is accept and reap the benefits…

Not really. The question you should be asking yourself here is, “Is this a good offer?” Instead of jumping for joy and accepting your new position, take time to read all the details of the offer and weigh the pros and cons. Like we discussed in the last article, there’s no such thing as a perfect job. There will be weaknesses in your offer, it’s your job to find them and see if you can improve the circumstances through negotiation.

If it’s lower than you expected, never turn it down on the spot.

Don’t be too hard-nosed when it comes to negotiation. Sometimes ambitious job seekers draw a line and refuse to go lower than what they desire. This could be a good thing and a bad thing. In order to draw this line, make sure you understand the value you’re providing to the company.

Do you really want the job? Are you ready to commit to a high standard of professionalism? Are you confident you will be successful in the position? How much money do you actually need? You must answer all these questions to best know what you should be paid. The market isn’t often wrong. Your value usually translates pretty clearly to a company depending on commitment and revenue potential.

Be realistic about your position in your career. This will help you see clearly when going over the terms of the offer.

Tell them you’d like some time to think about it.

If you’re having a hard time coming to a decision, ask for more time. A corporation that is pressuring you to make a decision quickly is usually a bad sign. This decision is important, you may need some extra time to make sure you’re coming to the right conclusion.

Use this move sparingly. Nobody is going to wait forever for you to make a decision. Sometimes you may not know what the right number is for your salary, or whether this company is really the right one for you. But this is the nature of the business. Nobody ever has complete certainty no matter how many excel spreadsheets they used to help them make a decision.

What will make you great in your career in sales is learning how to trust intuition. Always do your due diligence, but sometimes you just have to wing it.

Prepare a counter offer and explain why you feel you deserve it.

Let’s say you decide to accept the position but you know you are worth more than they are offering. Now is the time for negotiation.

The salary they offer you initially doesn’t have to be the final number. When you have the opportunity to negotiate the deal, make sure you emphasize your ability to make money for the company. Project your anticipated long term sales show how much of a good investment you will be. Provide as much evidence as you can to prove how valuable you will be to the company. If you make a good case, it will be hard for your employer to turn you down.

You don’t need to act tough in the negotiation, simply show with facts and reason why you deserve x amount of dollars a year. If they won’t budge, you can always pursue your other opportunities.

Always mention if you have any other opportunities in play to create urgency and healthy competition.

There’s an art to tactfully mentioning that you have other opportunities available. It would be best to make that clear in the initial interview before the offer is made.

Nervously saying, “I have another opportunity that will pay me double!” will show desperation and reduce your bargaining power. Let’s say you received an opportunity after the offer was made. In that case, you can be honest. Simply tell them something better has popped up since the offer and you are considering accepting. Don’t use it as a tool to insult them, just be as honest as you can about the situation.

The increased sense of urgency may cause them to sweeten the pot to secure your position. If this happens, and you decide to accept, do it gracefully. The last thing you want to do after accepting an offer is to give the feeling of “I win” to your employer, it will color your relationship negatively from that point on.

 

Always show enthusiasm and appreciation for an offer, even if it’s lower than expected.

You never want to insult the person offering you a deal. Even if the negotiation didn’t go as planned, you showed charisma and a desire to pursue what you want. The worst thing you can do at this moment is to show disdain.

The salary you accept when you take the job isn’t permanent. If you truly got less than you wanted, use that as fuel to work even harder. Earn that next rase and make it come sooner rather than later. Prove to them that you are going to make it rain for the company. There will be no doubt that you deserve a bigger salary if you can consistently perform well.

Conclusion

At this point, you know everything you need to know about the hiring process. Again, the habits you develop here will translate into how you perform in sales. Challenge yourself to be the best you can possibly be. If you can achieve this, there is no limit to what you can achieve. Good Luck!

Becoming a Rainmaker in Your Sales Career

What Does it Mean to be a Rainmaker?

In sales, a rainmaker is somebody who brings in an abundance of income into the business. Rainmakers are A-Players that perform above any expectations placed on them by the company, and in many cases themselves. Becoming a rainmaker is nothing magical, it simply requires a clear and diligent focus on the task at hand.

The first step to becoming a rainmaker is asking the question, “How do I become a rainmaker?” Top performers in sales are constantly asking the right questions. Asking the right questions leads to getting the right answers, which is absolutely necessary to become successful.

Most rainmakers have a range of skills and abilities used to understand and form alliances, as well as challenge and push for the right outcomes to create success. Those who can make this happen are not only top performers in sales, but they quickly climb the career ladder.

The Winning Mindset

Many people think becoming successful has to do with where you are born and how privileged your childhood was. It’s a way of shrugging off their own opportunity to achieve the heights of economic success.

Anybody with the right mindset can become a rainmaker, never forget that.

Speak to people like the valuable interesting human beings they are. Often in sales people are just looking for the next client. They can only see people as wallets with feet. This is the exact wrong way to become successful. Treat people with respect and love, make connections without having the expectation of getting paid. This is why it’s very important to focus on areas that you are actually interested in.

Working in a sector you enjoy will make all the difference. Work will become a labor of love instead of a service to a soulless taskmaster.

The Skillset

To be successful in sales you need to have an understanding of these 4 fundamental skills:

  1. Listening
  2. Expertise
  3. Asking The Right Question
  4. Control

The emphasis today on personal and professional development has never been higher. There is so much free content out there that you would be foolish to ignore.

During your day while your commuting, working out, or walking your dog, you can be listening to valuable content in audio form. There are thousands of hours of books, lectures, and discussions about sales and how to rise to the top.

If you have time to read, check out these essential sales books for building a rock solid foundation in your career.

Listening

Sometimes we simply forget to listen. We are so busy trying to figure out the best way to respond to an objection that we don’t hear the individual’s actual problems. Most people will be happy to pay you if you can solve their problem, but what exactly is their problem? Locate what’s causing them the pain in their life and do your best to help. If you can’t, simply refer them to somebody who can. Use that as a stepping stone to build a network with other people in your industry who provide services you don’t.

Become An Expert

Again this is why it’s important to love your area of sales. It will be a painful journey to become an expert in something you don’t care about. Also, people in need will be coming to you for help, if you sell them your product or service, and it’s not the right fit, then you just caused even more problems for the individual.

Actually helping someone requires skill, knowledge, and experience. If you feel you lack any one of those 3 factors, do whatever you can to build on them as soon as you possibly can.

Questions

Asking the right question is the only way to truly know what your client, or potential client, really needs. Preparing some thoughts before a call can help, but you never know what somebody will actually say.

Keep an open mind, relax, and remember what you have to offer. That is the best way to allow the right questions to surface while you’re in an important conversation.

Control

Maintaining control during a conversation is incredibly important. This should come easily if you are truly an expert in your field. No client should be able to tell you how to do your job better than you’re already doing it, even though they may try. Once you lost control of the conversation the client will no longer see you as an expert and it will be harder to convince them that your service is right for them.

Conclusion

Maintain a high degree of skill and understanding in your field will instantly attract clients. The good news is that most people won’t bother putting in the hard work that will get you to the top. If you really want to blow away your competition in sales, simply follow the basic advice above, and don’t stop working so you can confidently call yourself a rainmaker!

Finding the Best Recruiting Agency

The goal of any recruiting agency is to help companies develop an organized revenue generating sales team. Many agencies seek to achieve this goal but few know how to actually get there. When working with an ad agency you must do some research into their practices to see if they hit these basic ideas:

  1. Hiring the appropriate employee
  2. Identifying Sales Talent
  3. Focus on Diversity

Most important of all is hiring the right employee. The right employee doesn’t necessarily mean the best, the sharpest, or the most ambitious. Hiring for a position is a case by case process. The first red flag when dealing with a hiring agency is distinguishing between hiring just anybody with interest vs hiring the right person for the right position.

Hiring the Appropriate Employee

A hiring agency must be aware of the importance of Account Executives. Every company needs at least one and usually should be the first sales hire.

They will be ‘full cycle’ AE’s in that they will handle the business relationship from beginning to finish.

There are many career paths for an AE, but in this case, they will essentially be an SDR, AE, and AM simultaneously.

  • Hiring only one AE removes competition from the sales process and disables you from seeing any sort of ‘average’ in terms of performance levels.
  • Before hiring SDR’s to book meetings for your AE’s, you need to make sure you have AE’s that can close deals.

Something that makes Rainmakers.co different from agencies is their understanding of the mindset of hiring the right salespeople. Particularly for hiring for startups and other companies with little brand recognition, there needs to be a hungry entrepreneurial spirit in the individual. Most agencies are just looking for polished and refined salespeople, but this isn’t always the right approach.

Agencies need to focus on people who close deals and nothing else. It doesn’t matter what the history or experience of the AM is, if they can close deals they are hireable.

There should be a focus on improving the SDR team’s output or improve marketing efforts before hiring more AE’s. A lot of agencies just funnel AE’s into a company and then they have to divide the opportunities so much that no AE meets their quota. This is bad for moral and financially inefficient.

AE conversion rates must be clear so the company knows exactly when to hire and when not to.

By the way, hiring for SDRs is a different ballgame. Great SDRs will certainly have adjacent skills to AEs, but they are not necessarily one in the same. Make sure the agency you’re hiring has an idea of the differences here. Without this kind of fundamental understanding, the recruiting agency is just a spot filler and not a company grower.

 

 

Identifying Sales Talent

Sales talent is unique and not necessarily easy to spot. For engineers and musicians, we can always see their talent in their final product. Salespeople have to be effective communicators, socially strategic, technical, hardworking and patient.

Any decent sales agency knows how to identify the following traits:

Intelligence

Agencies that focus on straight-A students from Ivy League schools are often missing the point of what makes a good salesperson. The best way to judge someone’s intelligence is through conversation and not reviewing their resume.

To really test the depths of a person’s mind, mega-investor Peter Thiel used to ask this question.

“What is an opinion you have the most other people disagree with?”

An intelligent person will be able to give a thoughtful response because intelligent people think outside of the box.

Ability to Grow:

Commonly referred to as being ‘Coachable’ but this doesn’t always work if the company has no idea how to properly implement sales. The hiring agency needs to identify people who are looking to grow and can benefit from their own mistakes. One of the most important traits is being humble and curious.

Motivated:

Hiring agencies need to find people who are hungry are ready to work. People like this are hard to come by but this is what separates a good agency from a bad one. They need to show you that the type of salespeople they are looking for are the ones that are truly out to grow, learn, and close deals.

Focus on Diversity

We think diversity is perhaps the most important component for having a successful sales team. This has nothing to do with any kind of political agenda or hiring quota. Having gender, cultural, and experience based diversity will grant a company-wide base of human knowledge to draw from. It’s even more important for internal culture, however, as teams that lack diversity often form cliques, and the development of cliques at a startup is highly counterproductive.

We think you should try your best to hire for the following kinds of diversity when building your early sales team:

Gender diversity:

Study after study has concluded that sales teams with a sizable portion of women almost always outperform their male-dominated counterparts. For various reasons (perhaps being more empathetic generally), women are typically 5% more likely to close a deal then male salespeople.

Cultural diversity:

Having a mixture of cultural backgrounds at a company is vital to having a strong company culture. The more backgrounds there are, the more perspectives and ideas permeate the company. The more cultures you have represented within your company the wider the audience you can appeal to. This helps your sales team generate more leads and ultimately close more deals.

Experience diversity:

As we mentioned earlier it is important for early sales hires to be aggressive and hungry. This often times means hiring salespeople with less experience than usual who can ‘grow with’ the company so to speak. However, when a company starts selling large contracts to Fortune 500 companies, it most likely will need to hire more experienced sales reps who have done something similar. That being said, with a mixture (for example one experienced rep and two less experienced) the experienced rep can coach the newer ones, while the newer ones keep the experienced rep hungry and on her toes.

Conclusion

If the agencies you are looking at can’t articulate these fundamental ideas, run away. Here at Rainmakers.co we pride ourselves at hiring the perfect person for each particular sales job. Our focus isn’t on a hire’s GPA or long-term sales experience. Not because we are counterculture, but simply because that’s not what works. Are you hungry and ready to grow? Then we’re the agency for you.

Know What The Sales Manager is Thinking in Your Next Interview

 

If you are looking to get a new job in sales, then you need to master the interview. The first impression you make on your potential employer will make all the difference, so it helps to get into the head of your sales manager or hiring manager. Here are the various things they’ll be focused on, so you can prepare your interview and increase your chances of landing your ideal position. 

Can I Trust You?

People want to do business with those they know, like, and trust. This includes who they hire. If your sales manager doesn’t feel they can trust you, then they won’t want you out in the field with real customers.

Don’t hold anything back in your interview. Be honest with them. If you have a troubled past, or certain weaknesses, think of how to present them to the manager while making them seem like they are faults that you can easily overcome. This is better than letting them find something bad out after the fact.

Are You Motivated?

Sales is not easy. If it were, everyone under the sun would be doing it. However, with the right motivation, you can succeed by getting more customers in the door and sales ringing at the register.

This is one of the first things on a sales manager’s mind, too. They want to be sure that you aren’t just talking the talk, but that you are deeply motivated to walk the walk. So ask your sales manager what kind of exciting goals they have and communicate that you are excited to achieve them for the company.

Do You Keep Yourself Organized?

One of the marks of a great salesperson is the ability to keep themselves organized. When you are cluttered, you can’t focus as much. You spend more time finding papers and getting into the zone than with customers. This is a recipe for disaster.

Any sales manager will want to see that you present yourself well, keep yourself in line, and maintain a clean work area. You can communicate this by the way you dress, talk, and act during the interview. Ideally, they will simply pick up on it thanks to the way you carry yourself.

What Kind of Experience Do You Have?

No matter how great of a candidate you are, the more experience you have the better. Sales managers love it when someone who has sold before walks into their door. It means they don’t have to teach you the basics of sales. Instead, they can train you on their specific way of doing things.

Think creatively about your experience in sales. You might not think you have a lot of experience, but in reality you could have more than you think. Anything that involves talking to customers and helping them solve their problems could be characterized as selling, so don’t leave anything off your resume that sounds relevant.

What’s Your Attitude Like?

A great attitude is one of the best things you can have in like. Your sales interviewer is thinking about your attitude the entire time they are with you. They are picking up on signs, small and large, that you are either a positive or a negative person.

Don’t make the mistake of talking about inappropriate things or having a poor attitude in the interview. Read some positive books or blogs before coming into the meeting. It will put you in the right frame of mind and let you radiate a positive attitude.

When it comes to sales today, it is more competitive than ever. You need to have the right strategies if you are going to work for a company you love. Sales managers want to produce more sales for their companies by hiring people who understand what is most important to them. So prepare your interview by reviewing the items above to show them you are on the same page.

 

-Guest Post by Craig Middleton-

Craig has worked as a Business Consultant, Real Estate Agent, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated at UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

4 Books That Will Increase Your Sales Productivity

Something we talk about a lot here at Rainmakers is the importance of continued education. There are so many masters out there that put all of their successes, lessons, and even mistakes in their books. Why make mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Books are amazing capsules for the human mind. There is almost no excuse for not learning from the greats who have made their knowledge immortal.

 

Sales is not something anybody can just pick up and do, there is a ton of human psychology involved that the layman cannot possibly comprehend at first glance. Nobody wants to spend their money. Most people have a fairly tight budget and don’t want to ‘waste’ their hard earned cash. That’s why you need to know how to give value to your customers while getting them into a buying mindset.

 

For beginners, the very first thing you need to master is how to be productive. If you can’t keep yourself busy for the work day, you will have no career in sales. Any decent salesperson is constantly generating leads, following up, making cold calls, networking, and closing the deal. There is no room for slack in this industry, here are the 5 books that will help you keep up.

 

1. How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

This book is an absolute classic and must-read for any sales professional. If you haven’t heard of this book yet, then you are already behind. Maintaining a productive work day means keeping potential and existing clients in the loop at all times. You can achieve this by understanding the dynamics of human communication and social etiquette. The stronger your connections the bigger your network will become. This will open you up to all kinds of opportunities that will definitely keep you busy. If you haven’t yet, pick up this book immediately.

Check it out – How To Win Friends And Influence People

 

 

2. The UltraMind Solution, by Mark Hyman M.D.

The UltaMind Solution is not a a sales book at all, in fact it has absolutely nothing to do with sales. However, the issue here is productivity, and Mark’s book will unlock level of energy within you that you never would have thought possible before. By making a few simple changes to your diet you can achieve almost superhuman levels of energy in your day to day life. Any salesperson that is willing to commit to their career needs all the energy they can get. Mastering this book will put you head and shoulders above even the most experienced salespeople in your field.

Check it out – The UltraMind Solution

 

3. Secrets of Closing the Sale, by Zig Zigler

A critical part about staying productive is understanding how to close your sale quickly. You don’t want to spend weeks or even months tracking down a client to get them to buy. Learning how to close will free up your time so you can use it to generate more leads and close more deals.

 

This is the first book on the list that starts to dip into the psychology of what makes a person buy. Like we discussed above, people just going about their day aren’t necessarily ready to part ways with their money. But when you understand the psychological factors that get people buy, you will save a ton of time and energy during the sales process. Even if you get a hard NO, you pushed your client to the point where you know with complete certainty that they will not buy. Instead of them just being nice to you and leading you on for who knows how long, you’ll get your answer so you can move on to people who potentially will buy.

Check it out – Secrets of Closing the Sale

 

4. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, by Daniel H. Pink

‘To Sell Is Human’ is another must read book when it comes understanding the link between human psychology and selling. This book made the list because it is one of the most recent books that have achieved classic status on this topic.

 

Within its pages, Pink talks about the correlation between persuasion and selling. He also outlines that regardless of your profession, a challenge that comes up quite frequently in life is the ability to effectively persuade someone else of an idea. Whether it’s getting children to do their homework or convincing a significant other to eat at a restaurant of your choosing, there is always an element of persuasion or selling necessary. Thus, Pink is able to derive the name of his book from this basic principle.

Check it out – To Sell is Human

Conclusion

There are tons of books you can read on this topic but these 4 are absolute must reads. Increasing your productivity means getting smarter, being healthy, being motivated, and closing as many deals as possible. You will make mistakes, you will hit roadblocks, but committing  to success will pull you through. Once you start building momentum you will forget what it was ever like to be unproductive in your field.

 

Simple Tips to Get Ahead in Sales

Simple Tips to Get Ahead in Sales

Even if you don’t have experience in sales, there are many traits that can set you above your competition. Put yourself in the shoes of your employer, think about their process for hiring a sales candidate. Remember that the sales team is one of the most important departments within any company. When employers are looking for a new member of the sales team they are not only looking for experience, they are looking for a dedicated responsible individual they can depend on.

In order to best paint the picture of how important the hiring of a sales employee is, here are some facts. In any type of business organization, the process of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training job candidates entails substantial costs in time, money, and effort. A study conducted by CareerBuilder survey approximates the average cost of one bad hire costs companies $15,000. Consider all the things that go into making the wrong choice in the hiring process such as: reduced productivity, lost time to hire and train more deserving candidates, tarnished output quality, and spikes in customer attrition rate.

Now here’s where a lack of experience isn’t such a bad thing. Often times bad hires are simply people who aren’t fit for the job emotionally. Emotionally unfit hires usually have a dramatic effect on the morale of other employees. This can cause a decrease in standards, timeline efficiency, and an overall inability to meet goals. The last thing any employer wants is to have to go through the hiring process all over again after taking a hit in revenue and moral within the company.

Despite the immense costs of bad hires sometimes they still slip through the cracks. Here are some of the reasons why this problem exists in the first place.

  1. Most people don’t appreciate how important sales is to a business. People just wily nily apply for sales positions thinking of it as just a way to get a pay check.
  2. Not everybody is meant to be a salesperson. The industry requires a certain type of individual which we will discuss below.
  3. Sales-related certifications exist but are not taken advantage of by prospective employees or their employers.

People who lack sales experience and want to get started in the industry must do whatever they can to gain an advantage over other experienced candidates. Here are some quick tips on how to achieve that advantage:

1) Show Motivation

You must show a pure and true desire to take the position being offered. Like we talked about above, one of the biggest red flags for any new hire is somebody who’s just looking for a paycheck. This mentality is what can drain and even destroy a business. You must go above and beyond to show that you are ready and willing to take on all of the responsibility that entails keeping a business alive and well.

2) Do Your Homework

Before the interview, learn everything

you can about the company. Keep in mind that the person hiring you has been living and breathing their work for years. If you walk in and already have a firm grasp of everything the company is about, then it will be much easier for the person interviewing you to see you as part of the team. Additionally, it helps to show them how motivated you are for this particular position.

3) Know the Basics

Selling techniques and advanced methodologies can be learned way before the hiring process even begins. You don’t need actual job experience to understand the fundamentals of the sales process. With the advent of the internet, thousands of hours of educational information has been published, much of it for free. Know who the best salespeople of all time were. Know the greatest deals ever made and how they were made. Show your employer that you are a salesperson even though it doesn’t say so on a piece of paper.

Moreover, avoid candidates who can’t seem to listen and those who ask senseless questions. Blacklist anyone who doesn’t ask any question at all. Selling is a conversation and active listening and asking the right questions are key to successful customer engagement.

4) Be Professional

Proofread everything you send to your employer. Make sure you look in the mirror and make yourself look as best as possible. It may seem shallow, but you want to make a great first impression when you finally meet a potential employer face to face. Clean up your social media. A serious employer can easily search your name in Facebook to see if you are a wild and crazy party animal. Any embarrassing posts or inflamed political debates can turn an employer off. Arrive at your interview on time and respond to communications quickly. A punctual diligent person shows motivation and ambition which is exactly what employers are looking for.

Conclusion

All of this may seem like basic common sense but you would be surprised how many people, even experienced salespeople, make these mistakes. Set yourself apart from the pact the best you can by being the most reliable, motivated, and diligent person they have ever experienced.

How To Get a High-Paying Sales Job With Little Experience

Here is another great Quora question I will post the answer to here on our blog to help anyone reading this with a similar dilemma:

Q: How can I get a high-paying job in sales with little to no experience?

A: The best thing you can do in your position is to create the best possible resume you can muster. No matter how great your LinkedIn profile is you are still required to provide a resume, especially when you want to start with a high salary.

Starting a new career in any sector can be daunting. There is a prevailing hiring process which only glances at resumes for about 10 seconds before the reader decides to trash it or move forward. In the employers’ defense, during the hiring process, they are sorting through a minimum of 50 resumes. The goal is to make your resume pop so once the employer lays eyes on it, they are immediately intrigued.

I know this is probably demoralizing to your hope of making a career change, but don’t worry there’s a way to beat the system. Something you will learn about sales is that there are very precise models that once learned usually leads to success. This same concept applies to resume writing.

Here are some of the most important things to include into your resume to make sure you pass the 10 second test:

Make sure your resume stands out. 

Your resume needs to stand out. The first thing that will land your resume in the trash is making silly mistakes. Avoiding grammatical errors seems obvious but you would be surprised how many people forget to proofread their own document. Repeating cliché lines like “I’m a people person” and “My only weakness is that I work too hard” will not impress anyone. Customize your resume for the employer based on what you know the employer is looking for and do everything you can to support your claims with actual provable experience.  

It may seem basic, but these are the three key goals to be aware of when writing your resume:

1) to signal an Intention.

2) to convey Information.

3) to make an Impact.

So create one that is unique, memorable, personalized for each employer, and clear about the value and benefits you offer. You can’t sell yourself by being generic or timid.

Organize your profile into clearly defined sections

The main sections of a standard resume are:

  1.    Contact Information
  2.    Profile Summary
  3.    Relevant Certifications, Licenses, or Awards
  4.    Work Experience (typically arranged in reverse chronological order)
  5.    Education

Before you can add some flare, first you need to nail the basics. The foundation is organizing your document clearly and avoiding the common mistakes listed above. This is where you need to get a little bit creative. Depending on your employer, you can include your personal brand.

Your personal brand, which you probably have developed in the career you are currently in, is something that can shoot you to the top of the list. Any evidence of your work ethic, style, philosophy, or catchy description will make you stand out. Your brand should lead your resume, and everything under it should support your claim.

Your career objective is also a strong signaler to resume readers. If you can design your resume to show that this next position will be the achievement of a career goal for you, then you will display vision and commitment.

Make sure your resume is consistent

Structurally and content-wise, your resume should demonstrate a high degree of consistency. That means section headings and line spacings should be rendered the same way throughout the document and that entire resume conforms to a recognizable and visually appealing format.

The work history, achievements, figures, dates, and other information in your resume must be 100% accurate. There are a lot of people who are willing to lie and exaggerate the experience and achievements. They easily give into temptation to blur some lines to make themselves seem like the perfect person for the job. Unfortunately, sometimes this works. Leaving the employer in the awkward position of going through the hiring process only to find out that the person they hired has no idea what’s going on. Experienced employers are keen to this type of manipulation, even the slightest fib or inadvertent errors will destroy your chances of getting selected.

Go beyond a paper resume

Traditionally we would only have to send a paper document to an employer and that would be enough to clearly demonstrate our eligibility for a potential job. For better or worse, times have changed. If you make it past the first round of resume glances, then a potential employer may check your social media presence.

To prepare for this, the best thing you can do is update all of your professional information. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is clean and matches the tone and style of your resume. Create a digital portfolio that is easy to find when doing a simple search for your name. Any professional videos you have of yourself should be part of your digital portfolio of LinkedIn page if possible.

Employers want to see that you have adapted well to the digital age, don’t disappoint them.

 

Conclusion

The tips provided may seem like common sense but you would be surprised how many resumes go out replete with errors. Creating a resume is like creating a product you are selling to a client. If you want to develop yourself in a sales career, you must first learn how to sell yourself! Good luck Terry!

The Top Characteristics Of Successful Sales Managers

Sales management positions are extremely rigorous and difficult positions. The men and women who earn a sales management job in tech startups or enterprises are the people who bring massive revenue and inspire huge results with their teams. To put it simply, a sales manager is what gets money through the door. Having a constant flow of income is the foundation of every business. If you can be the rainmaker for your employer, you will be treated as an invaluable asset. But the question is, how do you develop the skills to be a high functioning sales manager?

To develop your skills as a sales manager, sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the water to learn how to swim. But, before you do, here is one key ability you will need to be successful.

Know Your Ideal Position

Knowing your ideal position is a key ability you will need to master in order to be successful as a sales manager. Within sales, there are many different departments that require leadership. For example, business development teams need different leadership and management compared to sales enablement or field sales reps. Placing yourself appropriately within your team can be the difference between making in rain or feeling the pain. 

Think about it. The VP Sales or CSO at a bootstrapped tech startup is going to have everything on his shoulders – the training, process creation and development, hiring, coaching and stack development. However, the VP of Business Development at an enterprise organization will have more narrow, specific focuses. Depending on your skills and experience, one or the other position will be best for you and ultimately the company as a whole. 

Answering the questions of your ideal position will require some introspection. You must know yourself before you will be fit to manage an entire sales team. Do you love to help people? Being the business development leader will allow you to coach the SDR or BDR team. They’re learning, are thirsty for knowledge, and want to improve so they get promoted.

Put together a list what you like doing and the corresponding positions that match your interests.

Be an Advocate for Your Company and the People You Work With

The second part of your question deal with personality traits of a successful sales manager. One thing that employers love the most is having someone who loves the company as much as they do. What employees often don’t understand about the higher ups in their company is exactly how much they have dedicated their lives to making their company successful. When they see others with their level of commitment they instantly hold you in high regard.

Part of this process is gaining visibility and recognition among the leadership team and the sales team. Being open and available to as many people at the company is one great way to build trust and familiarity with you. Imaging the stuck up manager who only comes out of the office to bark orders and make impossible demands, do not be that guy. Don’t just make small talk either, the people you work with are human beings with unique stories and traits. Learn who they are and how they best fit within the company. As the sales manager you may find positions for people that will make them a lot happier and more productive, it’s a win for everybody.

This doesn’t only apply to your immediate group. Meet the marketing team and the content creators or whichever departments are relevant to the business. The benefit of this is to build relationships within the team and to show your real intention to join the team for reasons other than the salary. But, of course, you have to balance this process out. You can’t be too needy for attention either. Your social skills within the company is a skill and should not be overlooked just because your numbers happen to be good this month.

Let’s face it, many people at your company don’t necessarily want to be there every day of the week. If you can establish yourself as somebody they look forward to seeing, you will boost moral which will lead to a healthier more successful workplace for everybody involved, including yourself.

Never Stop Learning

Your skills are what will determine a large part of your success. Luckily there is a wealth of information about specific within the sales process itself. When you’re not working, you need to be absorbing as much information as possible from books, seminars, videos, and podcasts. You want to be the guy who is always up to date with the cutting edge of your field. If you don’t think you are up for the lifelong path to mastery, then consider a different field.

People who have been massively successful have written their entire life stories down for us to learn form. Sam Walton has a great book called “Made in America” that’s a great primer for any ambitious person in the sales field. We don’t have to make mistakes in order to learn, we can simply learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the pain all together.

 

Conclusion

Taking a position as a sales manager is a massive commitment. Be ready to put all your skills and energy to the test. When you become successful, don’t become a jerk about it. Make sure your team feels just as successful as you do when things go right, and just as much to blame when things go wrong. Good luck on your new position!