Tips and Resources to Help You Thrive as a Marketing and Sales Professional
Posted on May 25, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Truxell
There’s no denying that the marketing and sales industry is full of room to grow and work in a wide-array of fields in the public and private sectors. The pace is fast, the challenges are exciting, and the opportunities to utilize your creative and strategic skillsets are endless.
Ready to get going? First thing’s first:
Get the Education and Training You Need to Start Your Sales and Marketing Career
Did you know? According to the U.S. Department of Labor:
- Marketing specialist jobs are expected to increase 14 percent through 2024. This is much faster than the average projected job growth rate.1
- Sales representative jobs are expected to increase 8 percent through 2024.2
- Sales manager jobs are expected to increase 8 percent through 2024.3
It’s a great time to jumpstart your career in the marketing and sales industry. Before you can forge your professional path as a successful marketer or salesperson, though, you must acquire essential qualifications.
Employers want to hire the best of the best, and gaining top-rated training and education will equip you with field-specific knowledge and professional expertise and help you enter the workforce in high-demand.
Earn Your Marketing and Sales Degree in as Little as Two Years
We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to starting a new career or switching career paths. You want to get started now. That’s why a degree from an accredited career training college can get you where you want to be faster.
Before you dive into a degree program, be sure it delivers these critical features:
- Hands-on training and curriculum
- Externship opportunities
- Professional development mentorship
- Job placement assistance
Not all marketing and sales degree programs are created equal, and as the business world grows more complex and specialized, employers are likely to consider job candidates that have well-rounded, career-specific training first.
An associate degree rooted in business, sales, and marketing, and focused on your real-world success, can help you set yourself apart in a crowded business world.
Resources as You Begin Your Marketing and Sales Job Search
When you’re searching for a new job – a job that aligns with your professional goals and personal needs – feelings of uncertainly and overwhelm can surface.
Where should you look for a job? Who should you talk to? How can you best prepare for the job interview?
Explore the following resources to learn more about the marketing and sales field, understand where to look for jobs, and begin forming your strong network of professional connections:
- American Marketing Association (AMA)
- National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP)
- Marketing and Sales Online Job Boards
Be sure to set up and optimize your LinkedIn profile to start connecting with professionals who will enhance your job search. Find seven tips to boost your professional network on LinkedIn by visiting the Ohio Business College blog.
Ohio Business College’s Free Student Services
At OBC, it is our mission to help every student prepare for his or her future career and feel confident and ready to enter the competitive job market upon graduation.
To enhance the educational experience and grow professional aptitude, OBC offers the following free services to every OBC student:
- Career placement assistance
- Individual career counseling sessions
- Resume and cover letter development
- Mock interviews
- Salary negotiation training
- Career fairs
- Job search techniques on the internet and in the hidden job market
- Hands-on curriculum
Additionally, every student participates in an externship during the final quarters of his or her degree program. This gives students unparalleled career field experience by working with local businesses in a direct, real-world setting. Learn more about OBC’s Student Services.
Are you ready to take your next professional steps toward a thriving career in marketing and sales? Get the business training you need through OBC’s comprehensive and hand-on associate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Sales.
- U.S. Department of Labor. ONet Online. Summary Report for: 13-1161.00 – Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists. Accessed April 2, 2017. https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1161.00#WagesEmployment.
- U.S. Department of Labor. ONet Online. Summary Report for: 41-3099.00 – Sales Representatives, Services, All Other. Accessed April 2, 2017. https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/41-3099.00.
- U.S. Department of Labor. ONet Online. Summary Report for: 11-2022.00 – Sales Managers. Accessed April 2, 2017. https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-2022.00.