Career Stepping Stones

31 May 2016 Megan Swan


So you’ve been in sales for a while and you want to step up. What are your long term career goals? Virginia Brookes discusses the next steps.

Now’s the time, at the beginning, to become clear on your goals and what you want to achieve from your career. Now is the time to set the goals, commit to these goals and map out the path you need to go and the time frame you have to achieve them.

Stepping from Associate to Agent. You’ve been working under the guidance of a senior for a good amount of time now; you’ve run a few campaigns, have some good traction behind you and you feel it’s time to go on your own. This is the first time you fully need to be prepared to back yourself as you will be heading into a debit /credit or commission only arrangement; it’s now all up to you to make it happen! Keep building your database, put in the extra hours needs to prospect, arrange yourself for afterhours appraisals, continuously be working on yourself and your skillset and through hard work, perseverance and by still following the direction of your principal, sales manager or coach you should get the results you want.

Ready for an Assistant? Now that you have had some great success on your own and you have established yourself as an excellent lister and seller, do you need some help to take your business to the next level? Perhaps it’s time to look at putting on an Assistant to take away some of the non-dollar productive parts of your role, this will allow you to do what you do best - prospect, list, service and sell! When putting on your assistant take the time to prepare a full job description of what the job entails including a list of duties and expectations. Hire someone with the right skillset and attitude (not just the cheapest option). Be prepared to delegate the tasks across and don’t micromanage – you will end up doing your job and theirs!

Are you ready to form an Effective Business Unit (EBU)? You and your assistant now have an excellent track record and you have great market share. Perhaps it is now time to form an EBU - a minimum of 3 people, each with set tasks, responsibilities and goals. Your assistant may want to step into a Buyer Manager role or perhaps you will recruit a Buyer Manager and have your Assistant become your Vendor Manager. However you structure your team make sure you have the best person for the job. Once you are purely listing and servicing your vendors and you have two other people in your team to cover the rest you should be performing at your near peak.