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    Sales brahs. How to transition from a tradie to sales?

    I’m looking to get out of working in the trades, I’m looking to transition into an entry sales position. Something possibly in finance like mutual funds like Brad was/is doing or something else like saas sales which realLifeAlpha has suggested to me.

    So I’m trying to figure out what the best approach here to get an entry level position. My resume would only have my trade position in there. So how exactly can I stand out and be given a chance at a sales job with nothing but trade work/construction in my resume. Do I make something up here to show I have some sales experience. Would this be shooting myself in the foot? Any suggestions or help on building a resume to get these sales roles?

    I lack some of the education that other potential hires might have too like a bachelor degree in something so it could be a tough sell with my current resume.
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    I've done car sales and roofing sales

    You can start from there.

    You can join an MLM like Primerica

    Roofing 101 is the roofing company that I was part of. They have great sales training. It's door knocking at first then it's appointments and getting people to sign the papers.

    or you can get into Real Estate sales

    After a while then you can do SaaS
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    Do people really make money walking door to door selling crap? I was taught as a little kid from my entire family, to never answer the door for them. That was also in NYC, where some of them are fakes and trying to scope out homes to rob. Still don't answer the door for them, as well as for Jehovah's Witnesses.
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    Originally Posted by cutelovethat View Post
    why would somebody hire a tradie to do finance sales

    lol @ tradies srs
    Little bit of this.

    Do sales for construction/trade specific companies. Use tradie skills to branch out into parallel fields like home inspection, appraisals, ect.
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    Originally Posted by jesb7826 View Post
    I’m looking to get out of working in the trades, I’m looking to transition into an entry sales position. Something possibly in finance like mutual funds like Brad was/is doing or something else like saas sales which realLifeAlpha has suggested to me.

    So I’m trying to figure out what the best approach here to get an entry level position. My resume would only have my trade position in there. So how exactly can I stand out and be given a chance at a sales job with nothing but trade work/construction in my resume. Do I make something up here to show I have some sales experience. Would this be shooting myself in the foot? Any suggestions or help on building a resume to get these sales roles?

    I lack some of the education that other potential hires might have too like a bachelor degree in something so it could be a tough sell with my current resume.
    Would probably do car sales, Tried doing a few different sales positions and it wasn't for me mostly because the products or services I was selling I didn't really believe in it which made it hard to sell and I wasn't closing deals I was generating leads so kinda chit overall I say car sales because people need them and basically come to you something like a cleaning service or health insurance in my opinion gonna be alot harder look into working at At&t or t-mobile the stores where you go to buy phones usually a pretty decent base pay plus commission on phone sales and stuff so one of the better gigs.
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    Don't do car sales. I've been involved with the automotive industry off and on since I was 17 and I know very few people who enjoy their lives while they're selling cars. It's a horrible way to make a living and I can guarantee you will end up hating yourself and others after a few years. I'm a service advisor rn at a car dealership and wish I didn't have to wake up in the morning. ded fukn srs.
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    Originally Posted by tbonestake View Post
    Don't do car sales. I've been involved with the automotive industry off and on since I was 17 and I know very few people who enjoy their lives while they're selling cars. It's a horrible way to make a living and I can guarantee you will end up hating yourself and others after a few years. I'm a service advisor rn at a car dealership and wish I didn't have to wake up in the morning. ded fukn srs.
    Plenty of people make 6 figures even at poverty toyota and honda dealers. Talked to the service advisors when I go with my grandma for her maintenance seems like the easiest job ever.
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    Originally Posted by gmenfan40 View Post
    Do people really make money walking door to door selling crap?
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    Originally Posted by Realclout View Post
    Plenty of people make 6 figures even at poverty toyota and honda dealers. Talked to the service advisors when I go with my grandma for her maintenance seems like the easiest job ever.
    Okay brah. Then do it. See if I give a fukk.
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    Originally Posted by Realclout View Post
    Plenty of people make 6 figures even at poverty toyota and honda dealers. Talked to the service advisors when I go with my grandma for her maintenance seems like the easiest job ever.
    Can confirm
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    Considering using my brother as a reference to fraud myself into an entry level sales role. He’s been selling cars forever. Would someone hire me in a entry level sales saas job if I have car sales in my resume? Good or bad idea?
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    I would only do B2B sales. I don't like dealing with individual, stand alone punters
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    The education part will hit you, but why not try tradie sales? Selling a product or device you are used to using.

    Try the saas, but i mean, they might have a university requirement, not so sure how Canadians do it

    Finance, definitely will need a degree. Does Canada offer free education or stipends for going to college? Get an easy degree or something interesting then get into sales.

    Also food or nutrition company sales if your into BB and health
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    Originally Posted by tbonestake View Post
    Okay brah. Then do it. See if I give a fukk.
    Don't need to sell cars to make 6 figs but lol at your jimmies rustling in the wind just pointing out the obvious no need to bent out of shape.
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    Can confirm
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    Originally Posted by jesb7826 View Post
    Considering using my brother as a reference to fraud myself into an entry level sales role. He’s been selling cars forever. Would someone hire me in a entry level sales saas job if I have car sales in my resume? Good or bad idea?
    Entry level sales don't need references, 99% of jobs don't even ask for them. You'll be good boyo.
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    Originally Posted by MetroBrah View Post
    I would only do B2B sales. I don't like dealing with individual, stand alone punters
    B2B sales is probably the best any job that is an account manager type positions and you deal with the purchasing manager of another company and just keep them happy is probably goat since you don't have to generate leads or any of that nonsense I think it is lower payer or no commission since you're dealing with established accounts and more of a customer service position opposed to sales from what I can tell.
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    Originally Posted by Realclout View Post
    B2B sales is probably the best any job that is an account manager type positions and you deal with the purchasing manager of another company and just keep them happy is probably goat since you don't have to generate leads or any of that nonsense I think it is lower payer or no commission since you're dealing with established accounts and more of a customer service position opposed to sales from what I can tell.
    I do B2B sales and I make a generous commission. It really just depends on the company and what their policies are. I also generate a ton of my own leads and also deal with already established accounts. A little of everything.
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    Find something you can sell to other tradies, SRS. People buy from people like them. You can't just sell to Brad's audience. Brad is a rich frat boy party type selling to other rich frat boy party types. If that's not you, why would they buy from you when they could buy from someone like Brad who they can shoot the chit with about doing pepsi and watching hockey?
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    Originally Posted by SLynn46 View Post
    I do B2B sales and I make a generous commission. It really just depends on the company and what their policies are. I also generate a ton of my own leads and also deal with already established accounts. A little of everything.
    I believe you, I don't know that position very well and I am sure there is differences between companies I just generally know that sometimes maybe more so in an account manager position you might not be getting a commission because not really selling more so maintaining accounts so more so customer service but could be wrong. Doesn't seem like a bad gig at all but not sure if it's for me.
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    Finance sales is a snake pit and you have zero education/background/connections. How are you going to be able to put together 8 figure mutual fund deals for MOGGERS with no education? Would you buy from a tradie?

    Get into something like pharma, SAAS, medical equipment, commercial IT, high end energy, etc. Have you schooled yourself in the game yet? Are you ZIGZIGLARMAXXING?
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    I'm in tech sales.. there are more places hiring than people available to jump into the field right now. It's such a lucrative career and flies wayyy under the radar.

    Your best bet would be scanning LinkedIn for "sales development representative" or "business development representative" and find some gigs that are hiring locally or in your area. it's an entry level sales role, but you earn your keep pretty quick. I'm currently at a $200k base plus commission salary. Next job will be $300k plus. It's really not hard to break into the field. PM me if you want more tips.
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    Originally Posted by UtahHiker View Post
    I'm in tech sales.. there are more places hiring than people available to jump into the field right now. It's such a lucrative career and flies wayyy under the radar.
    How many of the new hires make it? In some of my past finance roles, I had to plan for 80%+ attrition rates on the sales teams.

    Basically, "go out and hit $50M in sales your first year or hit the bricks, pal."
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    Originally Posted by UtahHiker View Post
    I'm in tech sales.. there are more places hiring than people available to jump into the field right now. It's such a lucrative career and flies wayyy under the radar.

    Your best bet would be scanning LinkedIn for "sales development representative" or "business development representative" and find some gigs that are hiring locally or in your area. it's an entry level sales role, but you earn your keep pretty quick. I'm currently at a $200k base plus commission salary. Next job will be $300k plus. It's really not hard to break into the field. PM me if you want more tips.
    God damn, Absolute mogger salary, Incomemaxxing hard. Has it taking you awhile to get to that point and have you found techniques that work to basically automate the sales process or can it be easy to hit a rough patch and fall into a rut. I was thinking a job paying 100-200k is pretty top tier but 300k that's like 1% of earners where as 100k-200k is 25% feels batman I hope I make it one day hoping to get over 105k in I.T but it'll take some time but I believe it's doable once I get more qualifications and experience.
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    Originally Posted by ErnieMccracken View Post
    How many of the new hires make it? In some of my past finance roles, I had to plan for 80%+ attrition rates on the sales teams.

    Basically, "go out and hit $50M in sales your first year or hit the bricks, pal."
    It be like that most of the time if you aren't producing especially if you're getting a jooocy salary they'll tell you to fuk off only time you will probably stick around without producing is zero commission roles they don't want somebody leaching hard and doing nothing you have every bodies jobs in your hand if you jack around people could lose their job or company fail.
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    Originally Posted by ErnieMccracken View Post
    How many of the new hires make it? In some of my past finance roles, I had to plan for 80%+ attrition rates on the sales teams.

    Basically, "go out and hit $50M in sales your first year or hit the bricks, pal."
    Yeah it's heavily dependent on the situation and company you start out in. Some SDR/BDR roles you get put into a boiler room, high call/email style role where you either hit your numbers and move up, or you don't and you are out the door. Bigger companies have more of a boiler room SDR approach, and smaller tech companies spend time on education and course correction to make sure the new hire finds their footing.

    I'm a director at a smaller tech company and try to poach SDR's from local larger companies. You can become a closing rep with me in 9-12 months, or wait two years in a larger company.

    Originally Posted by Realclout View Post
    God damn, Absolute mogger salary, Incomemaxxing hard. Has it taking you awhile to get to that point and have you found techniques that work to basically automate the sales process or can it be easy to hit a rough patch and fall into a rut. I was thinking a job paying 100-200k is pretty top tier but 300k that's like 1% of earners where as 100k-200k is 25% feels batman I hope I make it one day hoping to get over 105k in I.T but it'll take some time but I believe it's doable once I get more qualifications and experience.
    It has taken 7 years for me, been in the industry and have taken a few calculated risks to get where I am. Not everyone just becomes a BDR and seamlessly moves up the ranks over time. It can be a stressful job, and depending on your company being funded by venture capitalists and how hardass your boss is, it can straight up suck.

    A ton of BDR's who started around when I did moved into customer success, account mangement, or out of the tech field entirely But those who know how to close, forecast accurately, and communicate well internally, are set up for 200k-300k by the 8-10 year mark of their career.

    For reference I started out at $50k/year, $40k base and 10k commission. Moved up from there at the same company over six years to an enterprise role, 90k base, 60k commission, 150k total. After that I jumped into my current role which is an even 100/100 split.
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