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Should I wait out a promotion, or look for a new job?

Looking for advice--


I work on a team of about 35 outbound BDRs competing for 1 or 2 SMB AE seats a quarter. A lot of us are crushing our numbers-- few have been asked to interview for promotions. After a year and some change in the position, I'm starting to get antsy.


The sales leaders at my company are extremely admirable, some of the best in the biz-- and the mentorship opportunities are incredible. But I'm trying to make some coin. I'm wondering if I should look for better positions at different companies, or learn to be patient and milk the resources to make me a better sales professional.


I know a lot of people who have had success jumping around different companies for promotions, but they also struggle to build lasting relationships with strong mentors.


Advice?

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salesnerd
WR Officer
+16
Head of Growth
As long as you can get a promotion into a closing role, there's no harm in looking... sometimes the best time to look for a new gig is when you don't NEED a new gig.Β 

I don't recommend taking another BDR position with the idea of moving into a closing role "soon", lest you find yourself in the same position all over again.Β 
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Agreed
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
What role would you @salesnerdΒ & @CadenceCombatΒ advise for one to move into if in my case I'm an AM who handles account but also doing BD work?Β 
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RandomPaperclip
Valued Contributor
+4
Sr. AE
To your last point - I don't know of anyone that would get upset with you / stop being your mentor if you left for a progression on your career. If you have someone close already there that you consider a mentor, they *should be* be happy for you and should stick around to still be mentor.Β 

I have 3 former VP's that I still connect with on a monthly basis. All of which I learned something from and were all happy to see me take progressions in my career.Β 
ellesells
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
This is some good perspective-- needed to hear it! Thank you!
closedwon
Politicker
+7
VP Sales
Ask your leadership if they need assistance with any projects or how else you can contribute beyond your job description. Β 


Show initiative by working with less experienced reps, these little things are noticeable even if no one says anything.Β 

If your sales leadership is admirable and provide mentorship, the coin will come. Β It’s very difficult to find those two pieces in one company. Β 

The grass isn’t always greener if your an AE and have no support. Β 

BUT, if you’re confident it’s time to move on than go interview and see what comes of it!Β 

I second salesnerd - don’t leave unless you accept a closing roll.Β 
Jnye
Enterprise account executive
Look around for a closing role, but don’t accept a lateral move. At the same time go to the sales leaders internally and ask how you can separate yourself because you want to be a closer. Your managers should appreciate the initiative to be coachable.Β 
SDMHGWarrior
Tycoon
+14
CEO
STAY...If you are there long enough, the other BDRs will leave. Also - send every job opp your current team members way from other companies.Β 
saaskicker
Big Shot
+10
AE
You will be a better AE with your past experience at your current job than by switching into a new org to try out a closing role for the first time.Β 
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