Working at Vantage was my first sales job coming out of Western. I took the job because I knew I wanted to make some money. Now, 5 years later I find myself working for the largest Enterprise Resource Planning software company in the world.
Why did I do it? I joined Vantage because I loved the opportunity to work with a team, learn about sales and most of all, to make money to travel. While these were great goals at the time, I realize now that I was thinking small and this experience would take me a lot further. The value in starting a career in door-to-door sales goes a lot deeper than “sales experience”. Sales is at the very core of every business, it is the vital organ that any organization needs to survive. Revenue generating roles are the most valued and the highest paid positions at most originations and the last to be dissolved if a company is in financial trouble. What does that mean for you? With a job like this you will be equipped with the valuable real-world experience and practical skills including: active listening, negotiating tactics, controlling the conversation and of course closing the deal. You will be a valuable candidate for an essential position for which talent is always in demand.
What came of it? After working at Vantage, when interviewing for other sales roles I had a direct competitive advantage over other candidates who simply talked about “having determination, persistence and think skin” – I had something to show for it through my experience. In other words, I had the grit that hiring managers were looking for. I started not only ‘getting the job’ but getting ‘the right’ jobs – the well-paying and highly competitive positions with good salaries. Not only did I find myself being the youngest qualified in the room, but I am also now finding my peers from Marketing trying to get their foot into the door of sales. They finally learned that this is where the money is.
Where am I now? I am currently working at a software giant, and my day to day activities involve managing strategic sales cycles with CFOs and Directors of Finance at multimillion-dollar organizations. I have talked a lot about money thus far, but what really drives me is the end-result – all of the things that money has allowed me to do. In the past year I have had the freedom to take a trip every month to destinations that include Costa Rica, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Hawaii. I have also simultaneously saved up enough to put a down payment on a home (or take a year off and travel the world) 😊 To sum things up, joining Vantage had led me to great friendships, new challenges and financial freedom.