What’s donuts got to do with resume?

Let’s face it, it’s tough to get a good job in the highly competitive golf industry.

At GolfSurfin.com, I’m always preaching that candidates need to stand-out, do something different, take a different tack when applying to jobs.

Heres a great example.

A few years back a new young transplant from Lithuania named Lukas Yla was seeking a marketing gig in Silicon Valley, another nasty competitive industry full of talent.

Lukas got real creative by dressing-up as a Postmates delivery guy and delivered boxes of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse doughnuts to some of the biggest Bay Area tech companies like Lyft, Uber, Instacart and Postmates with a pitch: give him a job.

The result?

He scored over 10 interviews with the companies and ad agencies.

According to Yla “People appreciate this approach. They understand that it requires time, creativity and a hustler attitude”.

This approach may be a bit too extreme or gimmicky for you (I for one think its pretty ballsy) but this story does make the point that creativity is rewarded for those bold enough to be different.

Not everyone has to dress-up as imposter to get her/his foot in the door.

There are various ways to make a good impression during the job application process.

One way is to use the easiest, most cost effective job seeking tool in the industry called GolfSurfin.com’sWhite Glove” service.

Through White Glove your quick-read headline will highlight your unique qualities and great benefits you will bring to the table and send it directly to hiring managers, HR executives and golf company owners.

We’ll help present the best “you” possible in a timely, profession and honest manner at a price that won’t break the bank.

Want more details? Click here to get started.

Dawn Schlesinger
Chiefgolfjobologist

#1 question to ask in a sales interview

After working in the golf recruiting biz for so long – approaching 20 years – and helping countless companies with their sales recruiting needs including independent reps, I’m constantly being told about the trials and tribulations of finding and keeping good dependable sales people.

Got me thinking.

If I were a golf manufacturer talking to a potential sales candidate to fill one of my territories what would be the most important interview question to ask?

After much thought and ponder, cause so many topics running through my head like past production, tenure in a territory, account base, personality, reputation, existing lines etc., etc., I came to a conclusion.

If I had to narrow it down to one question it would be the following:

“Where does or would my line stand in priority to everything else she/he is selling?

In other words, if a rep carries let’s say 3-5 lines including a major one (a top tier brand), does she present that top brand first OR does she ask the customer permission to start with other products/services. If given permission, where does my line “fit” on the priority list? Depending on the answer I can determine if my line is or would be receiving sufficient time and consideration from a buyer.

Again there are countless questions and concerns to discuss with a potential new hire and the better prepared and in-depth your inquiries are, the more valuable info you’ll uncover to help make the best hiring decision for your company.

Once you have your questions lined-up and ready to go you need to find candidates interview.

An awesome place to source golf sales pros is through GolfSurfin.com.

Why?

You get to post your ad on the #1 job board for golf and breeze through our resume database full of qualified sales candidates from the golf industry.

Ready to take a shot? Get started here.

Dawn Schlesinger
Chiefgolfjobologist

GolfSurfin.com’s 2018 PGA Show Sales Rep Promo

November is filled with thoughts of falling leaves, pumpkins, hot apple cider & the PGA Show Sales Rep Promo…

It’s here!

Post your ad on the #1 job board for golf and reach thousands of qualified, experienced independent golf reps at a discount!

This is the only discount we’re offering in 2018.

Don’t be a turkey and ignore a chance to fill open territories at a discount.

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GolfSurfin.com’s PGA Show Sales Rep Promo

Package includes:

  • 90 day ad on job board
  • access to resume database
  • exposure to sales candidates who live and breathe golf
  • “Blast” to coveted golf rep database (over 4K contacts)
  • social Media exposure
  • one-time fee $329.00 – 15% discount

To get started click here, choose either Sales Rep Blast Package (state OR nationwide) and use discount code PGAPROMO at check-out.

***Offer ends January 21, 2019

 

GolfSurfin.com’s – It’s baaaack – the scary angry sales rep

Sent this email before yet it’s a chilling reminder to beware of blood sucking, time wasting, money depleting candidates who lurk behind fancy resumes and howling bravado.

It all started when I wrote a blog entry about independent golf reps (Hiring Sales Reps – Promises Promises) who make empty promises to manufacturers. The point of the message was for employers to perform “due diligence” when hiring a rep before wasting time and $$$ on those frighteningly devilish candidates making empty promises.

An angry rep, who’s blood was obviously curdling after reading the entry, responded back that my commentary was offensive AND I should not criticize golf reps in general. In other words “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”.

I was a little spooked at first that a sales person took the time to write such a scathing reply. In fact, he was even upset that I referenced “Zig Ziglar” ( Zig was the selling guru back in the day).

Booo…thats scary angry!

There are many hard working, professional, independent sales people in the golf industry who are trustworthy and do a great job with the lines they represent. I call them Superheroes. They are the good sales guys & girls GolfSurfin.com helps by connecting them with our customers.

The fact is that there are some bad apples, scammers out there who take advantage of golf manufacturers…especially companies new to the golf industry.

Beware. Bad reps come in a variety of disguises:

  • Ghosts or Mummies are the reps you never hear from once they get their samples
  • Ghouls tarnish your brand by lack of customer follow-up
  • Grim Reapers give wrong company information or make false promises to customers
  • The infamous Vampires/Vampiresses usurp all company resources yet never makes quota or significant sales; all they do is complain

To help avoid getting involved with sales Monsters, conduct background checks like:

  • call references
  • customers
  • former employers
  • other sales people
  • check social media etc.

Don’t just accept a good sales pitch that winds up being just that…a good sales pitch.

To connect with sales Superheroes in the golf industry post your ad here.

Dawn Schlesinger

ChiefGolfJobologist