Are you making the transition from college life to professional life? Or maybe you’ve been out of college for a few years and are looking to change careers? Being a recent grad and job hunting in this economy can be daunting. But if you’re an ambitious and motivated millennial, you should consider an entry-level position in sales and marketing.
Here are a few secrets about business that they probably didn’t teach you in college. Master them, and you’ll be well on your way to a high paying sales job.
- The business world isn’t necessarily the one you’ve seen on TV.
Like Chandler Bing in Friends, some business people get caught up in trying to appear professional and impressive. They adopt a “fake it ’til you make it” mentality.
Luckily, this isn’t the case in every company and not something you must to do to survive. So don’t fret about being a perfect worker bee. Instead be yourself, be honest and put your best foot forward.
- Buzzwords and fads are overrated.
Avoid latching onto the latest catchphrases, business fads and social media buzzwords. These things form a constantly changing vocabulary that ultimately doesn’t matter – and quickly become out of date. You can waste a lot of time trying to keep up with the latest jargon in order to seem well informed – and actually fall flat on your face.
- It’s okay to ask lots of questions.
If you don’t know everything about the business, that’s okay. Chances are, you’re not alone. Colleagues might seem like they know everything, but in reality, everyone is still learning. So don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Questions are a sign of intelligent curiosity! What’s more, while you’re learning, you might be surprised that the people around you will benefit too.
- Don’t assume you’re the smartest person in the room.
Being young and fresh out of college means you’ll probably have a different perspective from some of your coworkers — especially older ones. That’s okay!
Remember that people who have been with a company for a while are generally there for a reason. Take advantage of their experience to learn as much as you can. And offer your own ideas as well. Managers appreciate people who take the initiative to be innovative but who also don’t assume too much!
- There’s more to business success than just showing up.
In the business world, you’ll be recognized for going above and beyond in your work and showing commitment to the company. Just don’t expect an award for showing up and doing your job – that’s what you’re getting paid for.
A job in sales with a company like LogoNation can be the perfect way to jumpstart your marketing career. With these tips, you’re sure to have a smoother transition into working life.