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I have been in sales even before college. I'm reaching a burn out. I feel like the expectations get higher the more work I put in and that ends with me putting on many hats to get done. I can't catch a break, let alone allowed a decent vacation without having to negotiate based on performance. I honestly don't want to be in sales forever. I'm versatile when it comes to any tasks due to the nature of wearing many hats. Any suggestions?

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Sounds like this is more a problem with your current company, not with the entire field of sales

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Sales is getting challenging for sure. However… you need to establish down times and communication block outs.

My rules of thumb that have helped with burn out.

1. After 6pm all calls roll to text/voicemail. No voicemail or text. no call back. I determine based on the info given if that call back is tonight or tomorrow during my work hours.

2. When I take a day off I schedule with a friend someone to take my calls for my team. I do not answer my phone- period. This is a hard habit to create but after about 2-3 vacation days my team realized I meant business. My rule of thumb here- “if I got fired today who would you call with this problem?” Also, turn off email notifications and set an away message with when people can realistically expect to hear back from you. Then if you feel compelled to check email ONLY read. Delete trash but no responses allowed!

3. Your boss is crucial. Is the abuse coming from your boss or your customers? It’s not easy to have a conversation around boundaries with your boss but you absolutley should if you aren’t getting recharge time.

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I’ve seen some amazing AEs take on Sales Strategy, enablement or ops roles and do amazing in them. It is a different pace. But your expertise in the selling process is always valued. If you feel the burn out it may also be the company and not just the type of role. Either way take care of yourself always and good luck.

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Thank you for the advice. I've tried to reach out by applying to similar roles that are not in sales. But I've had no luck. I know I can be good at account management or anything when it comes to operations. Sadly, my entire resume consist of sales. So whenever I have a recruiter reach out to me, it is for sales and they're more off put into trying with me in a non sales role.

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I get where you are coming from. I have a good company culture but it can be exhausting having to grind 24/7. A consistent paycheck would be nice

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I agree with this! Hustle culture def does not help. Def take a day for your mental health!

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Sounds to me like you need to look for a new job! Maybe start getting feelers for ones that incorporate sales but maybe focus more on some of the other skills you have picked up if you really want to see what it’s like outside of sales? Just a thought. Either way, I’m rooting for you to find something to make you happy!

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Mind if I ask your industry? I felt that when I was in in-home sales for sure.

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Logistic sales

Look at different companies. Not all sales is like this.

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As a sales professional there are a lot of different things you are good at doing. Make an assessment of your skills and talents. There are other ways to present your resume as opposed to a chronological order of job experience. If you want to change a career you have to have a resume that matches. Check out “knock ‘em’ dead resume” books by Martin Yate. He is amazing at making you think of how to navigate an interview to rewriting a resume. Good luck you can do it.

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Same boat here. I wear a lot of hats in my current role and the pandemic years have made everything more challenging to navigate and have escalated my burnout and displeasure in this current role.

With wearing all these different hats, keep a note pad next to you over the next few days and jot down anything you do that’s not sales related or would help you excel in another role. Look for job postings your interested in and rephrase what you do in terms of what they are looking for.

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I would recommend a transition to Customer Success. We have a ton of former tech sales people on the team, including myself who prefer to manage the account, rather than sell to it.

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