(Editors Note: The following tips are adapted with permission from Knock ’em Dead: Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World by Martin Yate, CPC)
Whether you post your resume online, or submit it to a potential employer, it’s often the little things that can make the difference in whether or not you get a good interview. Here are five tips to make you and your resume look professional.
1. Use Your E-Mail Address or Domain Name as a Marketing Tool
Your e-mail address is often the first impression you create, and a profession-focused address acts as an intro that tells the recipient who is calling and what the communication is about. Dumb college-era e-mail addresses like: firstname.lastname@example.org, and DDdoll@live.com can hurt your chances.
Instead, create an address that speaks to your professional identity, for example: SystemAnalyst@gmail.com. Or use your real name, followed by numbers like your zip code if needed to make it unique.
Even better, create your own-named website, YourRealName.com, using an inexpensive hosting service like Hostgator.com or Godaddy.com, so your email address can be something like John@JohnBrownVinson.com. Using a blog platform like WordPress or a built-in design program like Site Studio, you can create a complete marketing site about you and your capabilities – as well as demonstrating your online skills.
A recent question on Reddit.com asked, “Which advice would you give people who are new at a job?” If you are looking for a new sales job or have recently taken one, here are some of the better answers provided by other Reddit users:
- “Always ask questions. If you are not sure about something, it’s better to ask and get it right rather than wing it and fail.”
- “Not just that, but most places will be suspicious if you’re not asking questions. They know you’re probably doing things incorrectly. Whenever I’m training someone, that is what I tell them: Ask me questions. All the time. Any question. If you aren’t asking me questions, I’m not going to think you’re a genius, I’m going to think you’re [screwing] up accounts.”
- “Don’t ask the same questions over and over. WRITE THE ANSWERS DOWN. You probably don’t have a [photographic] memory. WRITE STUFF DOWN.”
A sales job with LogoNation is a great way to transition from college into some of the most lucrative sales careers in business. Of course there’s no guarantee that you’ll make a fortune in sales down the road, but as you consider working for LogoNation, here are some words to the wise about the exciting possibilities for a career in sales.
A recent article on the Forbes.com website compared the 10 best paying and 10 worst paying sales jobs. Their article in turn was based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We’ll stick to the positive and outline the best-paying sales jobs in America, based on that government information:
1. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agent (stock brokers, annuities, retirement fundsagents etc., who can earn big commissions, especially in the New York – Connecticutt area)
Average Annual Pay: $95,130
2. Sales Engineer (typically someone who has high-level engineering skills and can help customers solve problems using the technology of the engineer’s company)
Average Annual Pay: $94,760
3. Sales Representative, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
Average Annual Pay: $84,360
4. First-Line Supervisor of Non-Retail Sales Workers (could be manufacturing, oil and gas industry, transportation etc.)
Average Annual Pay: $81,120