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Sales jobs can be tough. Cold calling, drumming up new business and regularly hitting your targets is not a job description for the faint-hearted! If the honeymoon period at your current sales job has worn off, you may be starting to feel the burn. Perhaps your current employer did not advertise the role’s duties accurately. Perhaps the company culture isn’t what you’d expected. Or maybe your targets just feel unrealistic. Whatever your gripe with your current placement, it’s important to consider a few key factors before jumping ship to a new role. As a recruitment agency run by sales professionals who have worked in a huge variety of environments, we’ve become adept at telling a good sales job from a bad one.
If you’re wondering whether the grass really is greener on the other side, take a few minutes to consider the questions below before you decide to take the leap:
Could I ask for help?
Sales jobs come with pressure, as any seasoned sales professional will know! Along with the highs, regular targets are part and parcel of the deal. When your introductory period has worn off, you may start to feel the heat a little more as management begin to expect more from you. If you’re having trouble getting into the groove, could you try asking for some extra guidance? Even senior members of your team will have had their struggles and they may be able to offer the help you need to get you over the hump!
Have I made friends?
Company culture is everything, as the experts keep telling us! That’s why it’s no surprise that gelling with your colleagues is key to your happiness at work. If you’re experiencing some teething problems with your current team, it’s no wonder you’re beginning to think of moving on. However, it’s worth taking a second to see if this is an issue you could fix. Perhaps suggest going out for a walk at lunch with one of your team members? Alternatively, you could try and establish a common interest outside of work. If you’re experiencing friction, it could all be down to a simple miscommunication that could be resolved over a cup of coffee.
Has the novelty just worn off?
New things are awesome. Whether it’s a new haircut, house, or relationship, the excitement of novelty never seems to wear off. This can make it all the more difficult to adjust when the rose-tinted glasses come off and reality sets in! If you haven’t been in your current sales job for long and you started on a high, could it just be that the honeymoon period is over? If so, it might be worth seeing if you could rekindle the romance with a fresh outlook on what drew you to this role in the first place – would it really be all that easy to find these qualities elsewhere?
Am I giving it my all?
There’s nothing to renew your commitment in a mission like a final push of effort! Whether it’s that last sprint at the finish line of a race, the final stage in a competition or the realisation that a multitude of applicants would kill for your role, the power of focus is not to be underestimated. Try setting your mind to becoming the best in the business and you may see a whole new side to your day-to-day grind!
Would I be happier somewhere else?
If you’ve tried all of the above and your current sales job is still leaving you cold then it may be time to start looking for something different. If that’s the case, take some time to think about what it is that lead you to your current situation. Have you realised that you actually need a specific type of management in order to thrive? Or are you more drawn to a different style of working than you realised? Whatever it is, don’t see your time spent in your current placement as a waste, but as a valuable experience you can learn from.
What’s the next step?
If you’re looking for a company where your individual skills will be valued and your potential will be nurtured, you’ve got your priorities straight. Many companies are not as human-resource savvy as they could be, and it’s important to find a role where you’re valued for your contributions. If you’ve emptied the tank, given it your all and still found your current position wanting then there’s no shame in moving on.
As an established recruitment company, we’ve placed thousands of talented candidates in their ideal sales jobs over the years. We also hire them in spades, too! If you’ve decided to move your sales career in a different direction, why not have a look at some of our vacancies? Alternatively, if you think you’d be a great fit for our very own results-driven, high-achieving team, then have a look at our Join The Team page.
Whether you decide to continue in your current sales job, look for a new one, or consider a different career altogether, go by the words of Snoop Dogg:
“If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.”