I'd argue yes. I'm in SaaS AE now, but landed this job as my first "true" sales gig largely based on my experience as an officer recruiter in the military. I had a quota, metrics I needed to hit, logged activity in a bullshit government CRM type tool, cold called, set appointments, had to sit through shitty sales training, all of the above. The main difference is I wasn't on commission obviously because I was in the military and we got paid whatever that rank gets paid no matter what job you have. What about on the civilian side? Are corporate recruiters considered to be in "sales"?
Is recruiting considered sales?