Sales is a global in-demand job, so improve your selling skills

By: upskhill

6 February 2023

At upskhill, our focus is on helping individuals and organizations adapt to the changing world of work. This means providing opportunities for employees and jobseekers to upskill, while ensuring that employers have the ability to easily identify and hire the right talent (with the right skills) to meet their organization’s objectives.

In pursuit of this goal, we are always on the lookout for emerging trends in the workplace and one of the areas we care about is understanding in-demand skills for the future. One thing is for sure: we do not have complete knowledge of what skills will be required in the future – given how rapidly technology is changing the world – and therefore, it is imperative that individuals show a willingness to continuous learn in order to adapt.

As our knowledge of the exact skills needed for the future continues to evolve, we are taking a bet that certain skills will be needed for many decades to come. And one of such skills is the ability to sell.

Selling is often listed amongst the top 10 in-demand global skills and for good reason. Irrespective of the state of the economy, businesses always require people with the ability to sell. Moreover, a career in sales can be worth it as it offers several benefits including:

1. High Earning Potential

Sales professionals with strong skills and a proven track record can earn a good salary, bonuses and commissions.

2. Career Growth

Sales can be a stepping stone to upper-level management and executive positions

3. Flexiblity

Many sales roles offer the option of flexible work hours and remote work options.

4. Skill Development

Sales requires developing strong communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills which can be useful in other career paths.

5. Variety

Sales roles can span across industries and products, providing opportunities to learn about different products, services, and markets.

If the above reasons sound appealing to you, then you may want to consider building a career in sales. While this will require that you build some technical skills, some general approaches to help you improve your sales skills include:

Practice active listening and effective communication

Good salespeople are great listeners, able to understand their prospects' needs and tailor their pitch accordingly.

Learn about the industry and product

Stay up to date with industry trends and developments, as well as the features and benefits of the products/services you're selling.

Build a strong network

Networking can help you identify new opportunities and stay connected to industry peers and leaders.

Study and understand customer behaviour

Understanding your target market, their pain points and decision-making processes can help you better tailor your sales approach.

Continously seek feedback

Seek feedback from supervisors, colleagues, and customers to identify areas for improvement and continually enhance your skills.

Use technology and data

Utilize technology and data to better understand your prospects, track your progress, and optimize your sales strategies.

Embrace a growth mindset

Be open to new ideas, approaches, and techniques. Sales is an ever-evolving field, and a willingness to learn and grow is key to success.

Are there any other tips and tricks and/or benefits of selling that you want to share? If so, let us know by heading over to our social media pages (@upskhill on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter) and commenting on the relevant posts. 

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Selling is often listed amongst the top 10 in-demand global skills and for good reason. Irrespective of the state of the economy, businesses always require people with the ability to sell.

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