I started working as a receptionist with the company I work for back when I had no sales experience. I felt lucky that I was hired. Most places don’t seem to want to hire people who do not have a degree unless they’re applying for a manual labor or retail position. So, I made sure to show my appreciation by working hard. My company works with a lot of high-profile clients and they use consultative selling to negotiate with their clients. I wanted to learn all that I could do that I would be able to move up and work in sales at some point, too.
After I was hired on as a receptionist, I stayed in that position for four years. I began taking on other tasks in my department that go beyond answering phones and taking messages. Soon, I was promoted to assistant to the Vice President. He said that he had been watching me and was very appreciative of my work ethic. It is true that I often went the extra mile to learn and get things done. I was appreciative for all that they had done for me. I just hoped that they would let me move into sales, even though I do not have a degree like most of our sales people do.
I began asking if I could go to different training sessions, and it surprised my boss. but he was perfectly okay with it. So, I began buying books on sales techniques as well. I wanted to learn as much as possible. If I needed to take any outside classes, I would have been willing to do so. But it turned out that I didn’t need to. I was soon moved into the sales department. I was trained well, and I now sell well.