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Old 12-16-2009, 08:31 AM
Location: morrow,ga
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Someone was telling me the other day, that most of the time when you are a recent college grad and want to "get your foot in the door" in a reputable company without experience, sales is the best way because thats what area companies have the most entry level positions available. Seems true because when you search for entry-level jobs on any website most of the jobs that come up are sales. I have no problem doing sales (have a BS in marketing and want to secure a position as a media buyer), but everyone (HR personnel included) seems to think that in order to be a salesperson you have to be extremely talkative and over-assertive, which I am neither. I am an excellent communicator and have no problems talking to people, but I have never been described as a "high-energy" person.

Thoughts? Is sales the best way to get your foot in the door for a good job, coming straight out of college with no work experience other than retail? What are some other types of good entry level jobs for someone with my degree?
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:51 AM
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Most of those entry level sales positions are bull****. They entail lots of cold calling, commission based positions. You'd be better off selling Mona Vie.

And no you don't have to be a cocky, talkative, outgoing, nuisance to be good at sales. You do have to be a people person but that doesn't mean you have to be a used car salesman or snakeoil type salesman trying to swindle people out of their hard earned money. Especially if you are selling a legitimate product. Now if you are selling some sort of financial tool or gimmick that's a different story. A good product will usually sell itself with a little push and well thought out pitch from a salesman.
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