Job Title: Sales
Type of Company: I work for a chemical distribution company that supplies chemicals to manufacturers.
Education: BS, Political Science
Previous Experience: I worked as a salesman for a pharmaceutical company when I got out of college, but shifted to the financial advisory business for about 3 years. I then moved on to sales for a chemical company.
Job Tasks: I am responsible for maintaining a solid relationship with existing customers who purchase from me. This includes giving up-to-date pricing, tracking deliveries and expanding the types of products they purchase, when possible. I am also responsible for finding new customers to sell to. This requires me to network with similar businesses, call on companies in similar fields and get referrals from current customers.
What I like about what I do is that there is no 'typical day.' One day I could be focusing only on getting new customers while the next day I am trying to help a current customer solve an issue which may not even directly effect my sales. The way I see it, I want to be a problem solver to my customers, so the first person they call when they are looking for something, anything, is me. This allows me to maintain a good relationship as well as prove that I can help their business in a number of ways.
Even though I am responsible for only the raw materials that my company sells to them, I want to be an important part of my clients' solution, no matter what it is. This means that if I am doing my job well, my customers will seek my advice, cementing our relationship and helping me build a solid customer base.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is working with people I enjoy working with and being in charge of my own day-to-day business plan. By creating my own agenda I have more control of the success of my own business plan. I get to find great people to work with and, even better, I can let them go if things do not end up working out.
The tough part of the job is handling the failures. Whether it is a failure to get new customers or being unable to help someone solve a problem, there is always something that needs to be worked on. Because I basically work for myself, finding and maintaining customers, when I fail I know it is my own doing and sometimes it can be difficult to work through.
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