So, after 3 weeks of job hunting, it seems that the role of chocolate taster, Beer experimentee and Head supervisor at a female car wash do not exist.
So I’ve had to accept that its time to get a real job, with a real salary and real career prospects. Scarily adult for me. But now is the time!
Seriously though, I’ve thought long and hard about the possibilities and the two areas that seem to have ‘plenty’ of positions are Sales and Recruitment. (Plenty is in inverted commas there because you still have to battle dozens of hopefuls to get the role!)
They have plenty of similarities. Both require strong confidence, impeccable communication skills and a competitive edge bordering on ruthless.
The confidence side of things is necessary to deal with the nature of the roles. You will be meeting new people, striking up deals and have to have the understanding of the product or service that allows you to sell, sell, sell!
Communication skills are an obvious one. Building relationships, maintaining them, whilst being easily transferable between “full of banter” and informal chat to professional and serious formal conversations with CEO’s and MD’s. Key point? Match your client/customer.
The competitive side. This is the deal breaker for many. Let’s face it, we’re all money motivated, some more than others sure! But we all want to earn butt-loads of money! But you need to be prepared to admit it for this role. Money is the key motivator. Some companies have fantastic alternative incentives as well as On-Target earnings (OTE), such as holidays and gig/football/event tickets etc.
You think you’d be good at this role, then ‘fess up. You are money motivated, you are ambitious. You’re not ashamed of it, if you are then perhaps this isn’t for you. Being money motivated isn’t the same as being greedy, you can still be a ‘team-player’, you can still keep your ethics. What it means is simply this:
HARD WORK = BIG MONEY and THAT is why you work hard.
Anyway, the differences? Well the obvious one is “selling people” and one is “selling products” (not strictly true). But one crucial factor may be the method of communication, whether it is over the phone or face to face. Well this varies from role to role….not easy is it?
Lastly, check out the company. That gives you a rough idea of the REAL potential for the sort of money you could be generating for yourself. Lets take an example:
Watson Moore - http://www.watsonmoore.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&Itemid=11
Seem to recruit exclusively MD’s, CEO’s and high level positions, allowing their recruiters their share of a larger bonus. Hmmm……
You may have read this hoping for a guide as to what to choose between Sales roles and Recruitment roles…..Wop wop wop….sorry!
Just do the research, meet the people, ask the right questions and make an informed decision! You’ll be fine. Get ready to earn lots of money!