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Real-Life Sales Representative Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Sales Representative field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33984 Sales Specialist Female 23 $25,000 fort wayne, IN 01/01/2010
33948 Sales Representative Female 47 $42,000 Tucson, AZ 01/01/2010
33936 Window Clerk/ Sales Associate Female 40 $30,000 liverpool, NY 01/01/2010
33907 Sr. Quality Analyst Male 26 $53,000 West Haven, CT 01/01/2010
33842 I Am Assistant Sales Supervisor. Male 24 $50,000 South Richmond Hill, NY 01/01/2010

Overview

Sales representatives are hired to sell products and/or services to other businesses. There are sales reps for everything from pharmaceutical drugs to makeup to snacks to baby products, and these individuals can play a vital role in the success of a product or service. However, according to US News, sales representatives working in the footwear manufacturing and computer systems design industries are among the most highly paid individuals in this field.

All available products and services need to be sold to the potential consumers at some degree, which means that there are a variety of industries for sales representatives to get involved in. Additionally, since there is not any specific training available for this career path, it is a great option for individuals without a college degree. The primary role of a sales representative is to fully understand whatever it is that they are selling, so most of the training for this position will be done on the job.

While you may not need a college degree, there are several traits that can help an individual become a successful sales representative. Persistence is key, since you will likely hear ?no? more than ?yes? in this career. A flexible schedule is also important, with non-traditional hours being common and travel being required in many instances. Lastly, communication and customer service skills are essential when interacting with so many types of people on a daily basis.

If this is a position that fits your personality and peaks your interest, then check out the career profiles below. You can read about the opinions and experiences of actual sales representatives to get an insider?s view on this career.


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