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Everyone Should Have a Job In Sales No Matter What Your Career Path Is

Updated on January 28, 2012

everyone that works in any profession should work in sales for a while.

if you own your own business and even have a sales staff, you will always  be in sales.
if you own your own business and even have a sales staff, you will always be in sales. | Source

sales rep positions have tools that can teach anyone useful skills

Believe it or not one of the most useful careers that everyone should have a stab at is sales. Working in sales can give you traits and attributes that can be used in nearly any other employment that you can have in your lifetime.

Working in sales through any number of different sales jobs, provides you with skills that many who work for large companies may never ever come across. Sales teach many attributes that can be applied everywhere, even in life. Consider sales teaching you logic in addition to the benefits of why a decision is made and you can apply these to every employment opportunity. Communication is the vital influence in sales and communication is always important. Being able to understand and be understood is the cornerstone of communication.

These are reasons that a stint in sales as a portion of your career ladder should be a conscious choice. Whether that is a sales rep position or any number of different opportunities in this arena. Anyone that would like to succeed in their chosen profession should experience a job in sales for several reasons;


Negotiating is done with every job. You have to learn to negotiate with your coworkers, your boss, your customers and even other departments that are relevant to your area of work. When you are a salesperson you must learn how to listen, make assessments or appraisals, identify key drivers, overcome any obstacles that could lie in the way and eventually find a way to come to an agreement. All of this must be done without burning bridges. You never want to burn a bridge because you never know when you may need it. Imagine that you burned a bridge and will have to work for that person eventually. No one can foresee the future.

Learning how to close the deal

The ability to ask for what you really want is problematic for lots of people. The art of closing is part art and part science. How do you get others to agree with your or take your side in a matter? Anyone that wants to eventually lead a team or supervise must have the capability to close. For those that are terrific at closing, you will make a wonderful manager or supervisor. Your star is definitely on the rise.


Persistence goes hand in hand with sales and the ability to sell. When you are selling something you always hear the word no. no to this and no to that. Not right now or not ever for some situations. However, salespersons usually see no as a challenge. Don’t consider no as a rejection. See no as an opportunity to show another way or another outlook, definitely a challenge.


When working for large corporations many people can find themselves simply going through the motions day after day or week after week and collecting a paycheck at the end. Learn how to control yourself and make your days count. Make your rewards something you can earn and be proud of.

Working with different personalities and people

Sales means you will meet nearly everyone and every personality that goes along with them. You learn how to cater to distinctive needs and unique wants. You will discover how to manage high strung and shy personality types in sales. You will come to know how to handle bullies and shy dispositions. All of these types of characteristics and personalities are in workplaces in nearly any company you will ever work for. Some companies will have more of one than the other, but in the field of sales you will definitely have them all.

Owning your own business

If you are lucky enough to be a business owner, sales will especially serve you well. You may even hire a sales team. Working in sales you will know who to hire and addition, even sitting in the owner’s seat you be selling yourself as well as your business. Having a little something up your sleeve to be successful from the starting gate will make you have a fruitful business.


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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      I must agree with Lyricallor sales is not a strong point for me either. I find that I must believe in the product and I'm lousy at strong arming people.

      Granted I must agree with your hub that selling gives you an advantage in most industry careers. As a Support Agent (newbie)I find sales easy, because the product sells itself and I'm a long time user of the product so I believe what I'm saying to my customers.

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      Lorna Lorraine 6 years ago from Croydon

      Sales is not and has never been a strong area for me; however, I recognize the value. You have made some very good points and I consider this a useful hub.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I see they added a vote selection and I used it too. I sold real estate for 10 years and was very successful at it. It taught me many more things about how to tweak your time management skills. However, that particular profession is a severe drain on your personal time and I decided that the pursuit of money wasn't everything there is in life.

      Great Hub.

      The Frog

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      vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

      Innovative. Though am little bit allergic to marketing, the way you pointed out makes me think.

      Well done and God Bless You!

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      feenix 6 years ago


      Very good advice. Very good.

      I worked in the insurance industry for nearly 40 years, mostly in home office management positions. However, when I had been working in that industry about 10 years, I left the friendly environs of the home office for nearly two years to sell life insurance policies.

      I did not fare very well but just as you said in this hub, there were a lot of things that I learned in sales that really did enhance my management skills.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      A very interesting and informative hub.

      Regarding communication, I think actively listening is most important.

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      Michael Kromwyk 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Sales is a great way to learn about a business especially at the front line

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks for the feedback. always nice to hear from you b.malin

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      zampano 6 years ago

      Interesting idea

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Sales jobs can be Fun and Interesting...I've had a few during my "Formative Years". Some memorable and some to be Forgotten. Another Interesting and very Informative read Smcopywrite. Thanks for Sharing your Thoughts!