The standard wisdom used to hold that the very best salespeople came with a solid marketing or business background.

But that wisdom has proven to be built on an unsteady foundation: Sure, great salespeople can come from those two typical career paths, but they don’t have to. How then do you find the best of the best to generate top sales for your company?

This graphic can help along the journey to hiring the best salespeople yet.

Where to Find Salespeople in Non-Sales Careers

This article was originally published on The Blog.

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Jessica Bennett is a writer, editor, and novelist. Her clients span a number of industries, and she’s written blog posts, product descriptions, articles, white papers, and press releases— all in the name of inbound marketing. She’s proud to be Inbound Certified, but her VP of Morale, Avalon, doesn’t quite get what all the fuss is about. But he’s a rabbit, so you can’t really blame him.


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Kayla spent the last few years studying Marketing and Entrepreneurship on 3 different continents. Now covering the latest in predictive analytics, workplace diversity and big data. She has a keen interest in tech and discovering underrated brunch spots.
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