There are no formal educational qualifications for entering a job in sales, however most employers require applicants to have earned at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Seasonal and part-time positions may also be filled by students currently enrolled in high school. Companies often provide inexperienced employees with additional training in operations, merchandising, and customer service before setting them loose on the sales floor.
Strong customer service skills are the most important qualification for anyone looking to enter sales. You will be expected to effectively explain products to potential customers and answer any questions they may have. You'll need excellent communication skills and should have a professional appearance and pleasant demeanor. It also helps to be outgoing and a people person. For some sales positions, you will need to be skilled in persuasion and not afraid to be persistent in your drive to make a sale.
Most companies seek out employees with prior sales or customer service experience. Experience can come from a number of places such as any people-oriented jobs or volunteer experiences you may have had or even school clubs and other organizations you've been a member of that may have involved working closely with others.
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