Finding a job in sales can be a challenge. As more people realize the tremendous earning potential associated with sales positions, more people enter the sales-job hunt.
Unless knocking on doors and handing out resumes is your job hunt plan, you will be using the Internet to find potential sales jobs. There are many job posting sites, but some are more focused on sales jobs and should be high on your list of sites to visit.
SalesJobs.com is focused on nothing but sales jobs. The site is designed for both sales job seekers and for businesses looking to hire a salesperson. For job seekers, SalesJobs.com allows you to set up a free account. Once your account is set up, you can upload your resume, save custom job searches, apply for sales jobs as well as run keyword or location specific job searches.
The site also provides a career center that gives tips on resume writing, interviewing, how to dress and useful links for many different industries.
Promising the most $100K jobs opportunities, TheLadders has many sales jobs posted. While creating an account with TheLadders is free, you need a paid membership to take advantage of this site. Membership levels range from a one-month membership for $35 up to a 12-month membership that will run you $180.
Many of the sales jobs posted on TheLadders.com may have the potential to be $100K+ positions but are much more likely to be jobs that pay much less, before factoring in whatever the commission structure might be.
Another job board that is focused only on sales jobs, SalesTrax.com uses a social networking approach. Their tagline is “connecting sales professionals with sales opportunities,” and they do this by creating a network of sales professionals offering their advice on job searching as well as general selling advice.
Creating an account is free as is posting your resume, searching for positions and gaining access to the library of sales-centric advice.
These three are the most popular and well-known job search sites, and all have multiple sales jobs postings. While they do not focus on sales jobs exclusively, you can conduct keyword specific searches to find only sales jobs.
Some of the benefits of these sites:
- Free to set up an account
- Free to post a resume
- Keyword and location-specific job searches
- Access to thousands of postings
- Saved searches
- Ability to search for a certain employer
With these shared features, these also share some common shortcomings that may make these sites less valuable for job seekers:
- Many positions offered by “high-turnover” companies
- Numerous postings for scam positions
Although it's not exclusive to sales job, if you don't have a LinkedIn profile, you're missing out on some serious networking opportunities. There are thousands of jobs and companies looking for sales reps on LinkedIn.
You can get by just fine with the free version, but for access to insights like "who's viewed your profile," you'll need to upgrade to its Premium services. Weigh carefully whether this is worth the investment because it's on the expensive side (you may be able to write off this expense; consult with your accountant to be sure it qualifies). Having insights about who's interested in your work experience may prove valuable in your job hunt.