Ever considered being a sales consultant? This interview will take you down the career path, including the ups and downs you can expect in the position, what it takes to land the job, what you can expect to earn and more. This sales expert also explains how important it is to have a positive mindset during any job interview. I am the leading Sales Consultant for a major car dealership in Florida. I happened to stumble upon this opportunity about five years ago as I was transitioning out of the military. I had no previous sales experience whatsoever, but I have always possessed a very positive and outgoing personality. A few months before my separation from the military, I was shopping for a new car. After countless, grueling hours of bouncing back and forth between several dealerships and exchanging negotiating tactics with different salesman, I finally locked in on the vehicle I wanted. My salesman was a nice, older gentleman with a casual, low pressure approach, but a firm stance on the price. We battled back and forth over the price for quite a while, but I finally sat down with the sales manager and we got the deal done. At some point during our dealing, I had mentioned that I would be getting out of the military, and my salesman suggested that I sell cars for a living. I almost laughed at that, because I had never thought of myself as a salesman. He explained to me I had the type of personality and attitude that would thrive in the business, and all I would need is some training and I could potentially make a good living. After discussing it with my wife, I decided to give it a shot. The week after I got out of the Navy, my salesman set up an interview for me with the owner and general sales manager of the dealership and they hired me on the spot. When searching for a job in any professional environment, there are several factors that can be quite essential. Your personal appearance is obviously key here. Make sure you are well groomed, well dressed and well versed. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind about the professional job search is to maintain a great and positive attitude. Be flexible and have the cognizant awareness to adapt to the surrounding for which you are applying, but always maintain a confident, positive attitude. It is absolutely amazing how far a genuine smile and optimistic outlook can get you. No matter what kind of job you are applying for, whether it is a sales position or a desk job, another important thing to remember is that you have to sell yourself. Being in the sales profession, that becomes especially vital because while you are being interviewed, the main thing that they will be looking for is how great you sell yourself. Be realistic in your job search. If you have the desire to try a career in sales but you have no experience, then make sure you are willing to start from the lower tier. Do not attempt to apply for a Sales Manager position with little or no experience because you will not be taken seriously. I knew that I had no experience, and I made sure to let my interviewers know that if they hired me I would be dedicated to educating myself on the craft. Be honest and open, but keep it relevant. I made sure to drive home the point that even though I did not have the experience, I had the desire, motivation and initiative to work hard, learn as much as I could and apply my sales knowledge to the best of my ability. I did not, however, overload my interviewers with irrelevant information, such as what I did while I was in the military. Although my interviewers appreciated the fact that I served my country, they were not interested in what I did in my military career because it did not pertain to sales in any way. Do not lose confidence or get down on yourself. I was fortunate in the fact that I got hired the first time I interviewed. However, that is not the norm, and most people should not expect to get hired on the spot the first time they interview for a new position. I had a few things working in my favor, such as I was a previous customer, the sales manager was familiar with who I was, and my salesman put in a few good words for me. It is quite typical to interview well, but get denied the job. Do not let that bring your spirits down and discourage you. Let's say you have two interviews scheduled for an afternoon. The first interview goes horribly. You felt like a fish out of water and the interviewers all but berated you for even showing up. You walk out of the building feeling dejected. Your next interview is in less than an hour, and how will you approach it? Will you walk into your next interview with your head down and confidence low? Absolutely not! Brush off the last interview, clear your mind and verbally give yourself some positive affirmations. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself good things. Think positively and stay focused. Walk into your next interview with a confident smile and a bright, focused attitude. Throughout my sales career, those few things have kept me successful. There are times when it can get rough. Working for pure commission is not easy, but it can be extremely rewarding if you stay focused, positive, confident and dedicated. But remember, the key is that you must always know how to sell yourself. Find and apply for your next successful job interview at SalesJobs.org where you’ll find all the jobs in one place. Image from Gina Sanders/Shutterstock
Whether you're a college student trying to figure out where your true calling lies, an experienced professional getting back to work, or someone just looking for a career in another field, you need to make your choice carefully. With women making considerable strides in fields that were previously male-dominated, the lines of career limitations have blurred.
There are more career choices available to women now than ever before. A woman plays many roles—sister, daughter, friend, wife, mother, confidante, breadwinner, and so on. You, being a multitasking woman, need to find a career that not only pays you well, but allows you to be a career woman without having to compromise on any of these roles.
If you think this is impossible, think again!
Lots of women have found careers that balance beautifully with their family life. So, now that you know it isn't unthinkable to achieve work-life balance, how about making it happen for yourself?
With a plethora of options, you may have a tough time deciding which career would be most suitable for you. Of course, no two women are the same and neither are their choices. But some careers provide women with the best opportunity to achieve both career success and work-life balance.
Here are the top eight career choices for women:
For women who want a chance to do what they really love doing, who have always dreamed of starting their own business, entrepreneurship could be the perfect career.
Wouldn't it be great to work from a place of your choice and at your own time? This would give you the flexibility to allocate time to your business and family as needed.
This is also one of the biggest challenges you will ever take up in your life as every decision will rest on your shoulders. Your employees would depend on you for their livelihood. Hence, this is also a great way to contribute to society.
Being an entrepreneur lets you be in charge because it is you who runs the show. Instead of putting in efforts to generate profits for other companies, why not channel those efforts towards creating greater profits for yourself?
With IT companies starting up and mushrooming rapidly, it's little wonder that this field has become so popular among women.
Young women can take up a career in the IT sector after earning a certificate or bachelor's degree in an applicable field, like computer science, informational technology, and cyber security. There are also many programs available to women of all ages who want to learn how to code—one of the most useful and in-demand skills in today's job market.
The ease and excitement of working on the internet, designing software and apps, implementing IT solutions for businesses, security, gaming, smartphones, etc. could be a huge draw. This is another field where you can make a difference as well as earn good money.
Whether you choose to be a pharmacist, a surgeon, or a nurse, a career in the medical field provides women with the ability to achieve career success and wealth. Plus, there's good job security.
As a qualified professional, you will always be in high demand, and once you've gained significant work experience, there's going to be no looking back.
Teaching has always been considered one of the most women-friendly careers as it allows women to spend sufficient time with their families, de-stress, go on vacations, and balance home and work. It's also one of the most rewarding and important careers anyone can choose to pursue.
The best part of being in the teaching field is that recession or no recession, your skills will always be sought after.
5. Human Resources
This field is perfect for women who have a penchant for working in the corporate world and interacting with people to solve organizational issues.
The job involves shortlisting and interviewing candidates, hiring and training them, setting their pay, benefits, and perks, designing appraisal systems, formulating policies and leave structures, looking after employee welfare, and settling disputes.
Every large organization needs qualified and experienced HR personnel and they are paid quite well, too.
No one solves problems like a woman does.
Given the fact that most women are good observers, empathetic listeners, and great communicators (all soft skills employers want in employees), they're sure to excel as psychologists or therapists.
A career in this field allows you to help those struggling to overcome many different personal and family problems. With substantial work experience, you can stand to make a lot of money and even charge on an hourly basis.
7. Interior Design
You've probably put in a lot of thought and effort into designing your home and making it look stunning. From selecting the perfect hangers for the closet to picking out the most exquisite lampshade, you know what it takes to make a home beautiful.
Now, how about extending this talent a little further and helping others make their home look gorgeous, too? A career in interior design is a great option for women who are creative, organized, and detail-oriented—who don't want a boring office job.
As you develop your career as an interior designer, you also gain the flexibility to pick your clients and appointments and get paid immensely well.
For women who are creative, good at communication, and love research, media is the place to be.
All companies nowadays have (or should have) social media accounts that need managing, in addition to their primary marketing and PR departments, so this field is only growing.
Writing, advertising, public relations, journalism, photography—there are many choices available for women who want to pursue a career in media.
Women today can achieve it all, from financial independence to a family, and from a progressive career to a great personal and social life. And, why not? Your decisions have the potential to give you all that you desire.
So, make sure you decide well!
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.
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