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That’s a great question.  Hiring managers tend to agree that sales positions are hard to fill  According to sales training giant Rain Group, “It takes an average of three months for a new seller to be ready to interact with buyers, nine months for them to be competent to perform, and 15 months for them… Read more »

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We’re all familiar with the term “talent scout.” It’s a term we normally associate with professional sports scouts.  But as hiring managers aren’t we always on the lookout for talented professionals, in every employee we hire or attempt to recruit?  Isn’t this especially true for top-notch sales talent?  I think we would also agree that… Read more »

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I think we would all agree that Today’s Hiring Managers are literally in a daily battle to hire top talent, especially sales talent. But does simply filling positions sometimes eclipse the real goal of hiring the best talent available? Hiring the right employee for the right position is loosely known as “quality of hire”. Linked… Read more »

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The answer to this frequently-asked question is unfortunately another question; “What are you expecting from the job boards?”  Now we’re going to put forth a bit of a challenge. Based on your experience with job boards, good or bad, I challenge any sales professional to answer “no” to the following question: Would you like to… Read more »

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OK, so we’ve all been here before. You’re on the job boards and the social portals applying for multiple jobs per day. These are jobs that seem to fit your skillset, experience, and education. It’s just a matter of time, right? And…nothing. Don’t take it personally, and don’t fall into the trap of getting despondent…. Read more »

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This is a loaded, and somewhat vague, question. I’m sure we’ve all tried to answer it at some point and probably come away empty. There are valid answers, however, and you came to the right place to get them. I think it’s fair to say that staffing professionals, in general, would concur that the sooner… Read more »

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It’s not unusual for salespeople to decide that they want to move up the corporate ladder into a new career opportunity in sales management. There are different factors that influence these decisions to be sure. And we’ve all seen that sometimes this works out, but quite often it doesn’t work out. So what types of… Read more »

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The answer may surprise you. As sales professionals though, I think we would concur that we’ve all been here before. Maybe as a sales rep, or possibly as a sales executive, but we’ve all been here. So what is the answer? In this post, you will learn how to diagnose the problem of a flat… Read more »

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I think we would all agree that most senior salespeople understand this. In fact most have built their careers around it. Recruiters and hiring managers also look for this attribute in any strategic new hire. What separates an average, or slightly above average, sales professional from a top producer though? In this brief post, you… Read more »

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Burn-out is a real threat to sales teams throughout the United States. Sales professionals’ natural drive to succeed and win, combined with increasing pressures from high-performing companies and the ever-faster pace of information and technological change, can combine to cost a sales professional their focus, creativity, or even their mental and physical health. Here’s how… Read more »