"Companies are looking for polished, educated, professional graduates who can create value fairly quickly."
Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Marketing
Mendoza College of Business
The sales and job-seeking processes are very similar; the trick is to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. You wouldn’t dream of selling a product without researching the market and developing a game plan. The same is true in the job market. Be early, be professional, and use processes to market yourself.
As you explore your options, make sure your expectations are realistic. Many students envision retail sales or corporate marketing after graduation; however, you may be hired for business-to-business selling. Companies are looking for polished, educated, professional graduates who can create value fairly quickly.
While businesses are offering some nice packages, your first job won’t be in the executive suite.You will find, however, that sales is a fertile ground in terms of customers, competitors and products. Companies are putting sales people in places of responsibility, so make the most of every opportunity. In the end, if you can market yourself successfully, you can do the same with a company’s product or service.