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DC Sales Jobs Becoming Tougher to Get

Posted on July 3, 2008

The state of the economy may make it harder to find Washington DC sales jobs for the remainder of the summer. Between the rising price of gas and the instability of the economy, many consumers simply are not shelling out the amount of cash they usually would. Because of this, retailers do not have enough business to justify hiring new employees.

Until the economy sorts itself out competition for the available sales positions will be higher than it normally is. Since hiring managers could become swamped with applicants, it is more important than ever to pay extra attention to your resume.


Instead of just listing positions previously held and what your personal responsibilities were, mention your achievements with each retailer. For example; if you exceeded your sales quota for three consecutive months this important to list on your resume. By including this sort of information in your resume you allow Washington-area employers to see what they stand to gain by hiring you over another salesperson.

Larger retailers that are part of nationally known chains will likely have more sales jobs available then smaller businesses. This is particularly true of sell-all stores such as Wal-Mart and Target that have products that are necessary to the lives of consumers. This does not, however, mean that you should neglect to look for positions with lesser known stores; just that you may have more luck with bigger businesses.

Certain areas of retail, such as car sales, may not be as profitable at the moment as they have been in the past. High gas prices are particularly damaging to this industry. For the time being the best positions in sales are going to be those that deal with products that consumers must have.

When searching for jobs in Washington, D.C., consider looking into other areas of the industry that you might have not thought of previously. For example, those used to working in a retail store may want to consider looking into selling advertisements or medical supplies.

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