I stated at the beginning of this year that sales jobs would be the place to be during this major economic contraction and recently Forbes looked Vault Job Service for a clear snapshot of the current job market. They developed a list of recession-proof jobs by examining all the 1.2 million jobs and then determining the ones that were available in the greatest number. Sales jobs represent 4 of the top 7 most recession-proof jobs.
Unemployment rates continued to rise, currently to the highest level since 1983. The already bad news is getting worse, the question is what do you do about it. The way to counter the gloom and doom is always to ask yourself a good question. If you are out of work, that question will be: “what jobs do companies need to have?”
While you may dislike the idea of selling, learn to sell and you will never be without work and never without money no matter how bad the economy gets. The reason sales jobs are recession proof is because companies depend on sales for their revenue. Organizations depend on sales like the human body depends on blood. Companies will always need sales people because they depend on revenue for their survival. Job hunters can find reasons to be optimistic if they are willing to go where the growth is. Those that know how to sell, or are willing to learn how to sell, will always been in demand! Don’t believe that sales people are born, that is a myth. Anyone who is motivated, likes people and is willing to be trained can learn to sell and be successful at it! Anyone!
Assist in ringing the register and you are WANTED! Also, selling can be a fun! You are normally able to control your own schedule, enjoy unlimited income, and get lots of tax write offs.
Here are the top 7 jobs listed by Forbes:
1) Registered Nurse
2) Retail (store manager or retail associate)
3) UPS Driver
4) Financial advisor
5) Occupational Therapist
7) Customer Service
Also note that when you look at a list above, you may think that I miscounted how many jobs are sales position in the list. Just for the record number #4 is financial advisor, that is a sales person with a license to sell insurance products and recommend financial products to invest in!
Call yourself what you will, but nothing happens until someone sells something. During periods of major economic contractions all the titles in the world are stripped and companies cut back on anything and everything until they realize that the heartbeat and survival of the company is in selling its products and services. And companies are always willing to hire good sales people.