Getting Fired From Your Sales Job

Let's start with the obvious (or hopeful) assumption that you don't really want to get fired from your job. Maybe you don't like your job, are doing really poorly, dislike your sales team or feel that your sales manager doesn't like you. These are all valid reasons for quitting your job or to start looking for a new job, but to make you want to get fired?

Plenty of people are desperate for good-paying, secure jobs all around the world, and the sales industry is filled with good paying, secure jobs. If you want to get fired, the reasons are probably a lot deeper than the reasons listed above and most likely have more to do with you than your job. No matter.

Beyond your reasons, here are a few things to do that will likely find you without a job. By the way, if you're reading this article as it was intended and want to find out the things not to do, avoid doing these things, work hard, improve your sales skills and you may just enjoy a long, profitable career in sales. 

Be the Invisible Person

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Success in sales demands that you make yourself visible to your customers, co-workers and leadership team. If you are looking to get into hot water, go invisible for a while.

Miss some meetings, don't show up in the office and for Pete's sake, do not attend any sales skills training! (That alone could blow your efforts!)

Find a nice shady place where the light and heat of expectations and demands won't find you, and just relax. It may take a few days or even a week or two, but your disappearing act will cost you your sales position. 

Do Not Solve Any Problems

Every job in the world has one main purpose: To solve a particular problem. Sales positions are created to solve the problem of the need to bring in revenues. Simple, right? An employer has a product or service to sell and needs to bring in revenues to keep having a product or service to sell, so they hire sales professionals to solve that problem.

If you want to get fired, make certain that you do not solve the problem of needing revenue. In other words, don't sell anything. If that doesn't work as quickly as you want, take your "anti-problem solving" efforts to the next level and apply your tactics to your customers.

Customers buy things to solve their problems, but if you don't help them solve problems, they will be forced to go elsewhere for their problem resolutions.

Sure as day, when your management team finds out that your customers have stopped buying from you and have instead started buying from your competition, you'll be out the door.

As a final, last-ditch attempt, if these two tactics don't work, take your efforts to DEFCON 5 and start causing problems both at work and for your customers. If this doesn't work, you might as well realize that the only way you're not going to have a job is if you quit! 

Sell Everything at a Loss

This is a dangerous tactic because it will make your customers happy while making your leadership very unhappy: Sell everything at a loss or at least as low as you are allowed.

When approached by management and asked why you are selling everything so low, simply respond with "I'm just trying to take care of my customers. These are tough times, you know."

This may get your management team thinking but, more than likely, they'll start thinking that you just aren't good at your sales job and suggest that you find other employment.

A word of caution: If your manager suggests that you get some training on how to build profit into your deals or signs you up for a class to teach you how to walk away from a deal, refuse at all costs! The last thing you want is to learn skills that will help you build profit into deals. That knowledge could be devastating.