“Nothing happens until somebody sells something” is one of the great truths of business that applies to many dimensions of life. While few college students are given a positive introduction in class to the power and value of selling, recent research has shown that the majority of success in business and in adult life depends on persuading someone to do something.
Starting Out Right
Starting out in the right sales job as your first position after college or university is one of the smartest things you can do. It provides a foundation you can build on, and teaches you skills you can always use for the rest of your life, no matter what job you have.
Selling involves persuading someone to buy something – not just make a decision, but agree to charge a purchase, write a check, or hand you cash in exchange for something of value which you or your company is providing them. It is your job to identify a need that they have or an opportunity you can present that is so appealing they will gladly pay for it. In the process a whole lot of applied psychology and technique takes place, some unconscious and some conscious. The more you practice this, the more you learn, the better you get, the more you sell, the more you succeed.
Special Opportunities For Recent College Grads
One company that intentionally seeks recent college grads and gives them an ideal first sales job is LogoNation, the original CommuniTees producer. CommuniTees are t-shirts that promote community pride by displaying about 20 custom ads on the back of the shirt, and a large community graphic or illustration on the front. More than 1,000 communities across America have participated in this community pride program, so it provides a very positive environment with a proven product that has been sold more than 15,000 times.
After some initial orientation, a sales manager or trainer who was once in your shoes goes with you into one of the target towns or small cities surrounding larger urban centers, and demonstrates how to sell CommuniTees to local businesses and organizations. You observe for a couple of days, then you do the selling for a couple of days, still accompanied by the trainer. After your first week in the field, you are on your own – setting your own hours, choosing the businesses to visit, and highly responsible for the results you achieve.
This blog provides an abundance of articles and tips about your first sales job, how it can be uniquely valuable, and why LogoNation is a company you owe it to yourself to consider as a tremendous career opportunity.