Sales representative

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How to become a Sales Representative

You can follow these steps to become a sales representative:

  1. Get a high school degree. Although it is not mandatory, employers prefer to hire graduated candidates.
  2. Earn a bachelor's degree in marketing. Sales representatives might benefit from a degree in the field of the product they sell.
  3. Get experience in a field requiring persuading and contact with people such as customer service.

What skills help Sales Representatives find jobs?

  • Sales Experience
  • Outside Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Negotiation
  • B2B Sales
  • Time Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Retail Sales
  • Telemarketing
  • Cold Calling
  • Computer Skills
  • Door-to-Door Experience

Career progression for Sales Representative

Education levels for Sales Representatives

0%0%1%12%33%54%Middle School EducationDoctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Sales Representative job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience26k31k37k42k47kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Sales Representative in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Sales Representatives

  • Driver's License
  • Motorcycle License
  • Real Estate License
  • Life Insurance License
  • Property & Casualty License
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • IICRC Certification
  • CDL B
  • CDL
  • Doubles/Triples Endorsement
  • Tanker Endorsement
  • FINRA License
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What skills are required to be a sales representative?

Sales representatives can benefit from these qualities:

  • Customer service skills: You listen to the customers' needs, answer their questions and find solutions for them.
  • Communication skills: You provide concise information about the products you sell and explain their features to the customers.
  • Flexibility: You should be ready to work long hours and during weekends.
  • Persistence: The ability to bounce back in challenging situations like difficult sales is essential for this job.
  • Interpersonal skills: Understanding non-verbal cues and negotiate can help you persuade your customers.
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