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What do I want to be when I grow up?

I'm at a crossroads, and I'm so demotivated that I'm struggling to even think of a place where I might fit. I'm hopeful that my fellow savages will lean on their experience and give this 'small town girl' some ideas of companies to research to get pumped about a job search.


I am a top-notch relationship developer, totally thrive on in-person interaction. Throw me into a convention and I'll bring you more referrals and leads than you can dream of. People person all the way. Scrappy as fuck, if you challenge me that I can't get into an account I'll find my way in. Nobody puts baby in a corner. A sometimes overwhelming dedication to CX. I've been in technology for almost my entire professional career, but I honestly hate it. I look at every deal as a game of chess and every move matters.


What I'm not: a technical SME, down for a role that has me WFH 100% of the time. That's pretty much it.


I'm in a weird spot where my current role has decimated my confidence, so I'm really struggling to think I'm good enough for any of the roles I see. I'm the first ever sales hire for my company, and I'm actually competing against the owners/partners so it puts me in a position to fail every fucking time because owning the place is the ultimate trump card. Realistically I know that I'm a god damn killer I just need out of this environment, but anxiety is a bitch and I can't stop thinking about how I'm going to overcome a completely unsuccessful 18m stint somewhere. I have 3 standing job offers for 'whenever I give up' on my current role from business owners, but none of them are ideal.


Can my fellow savages give me some ideas of what ideal might even look like? I've always worked for smaller, locally owned companies- and every time I've left a job it's been because I was recruited away. I want to change that, but no idea where to start.

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funcoupons
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that's queen coups to u
Sounds like you would do best as an outside rep in a non tech related industry. 

Personally, I wouldn't want to be the first sales employee somewhere (not really a startup kind of person,) and working at a mainly family owned/employed company is a hard fucking no from me as well. 

In your next position, you need both a role/product and a culture that makes sense for you. With any company you consider, spend time researching the company, and during the interview stage don't be afraid to reach out to current AEs on LI to see how they really like working there. I won't go into interviewing tips because it's been discussed in other threads ad nauseum.

Good luck!
UserNotFound
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Mid Market Manager
Thanks! Yeah, I'm not really looking for interview tips. I mean, I can sell myself no problem- I just haven't ever shifted focus to the bigger picture and wanted to bounce that off of the WR. 

Would love to hear if you have any hot leads on industries, companies, or even just straight verticals to sell into that I should research! I hear bad things about med-tech, but I've been itching to give it a go anyway. Lol. 
1nbatopshotfan
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Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
@funcoupons has great advice here. To add to it, start blasting out resumes and get interviews. Treat them as you interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Find a better fit that way. Good luck! 
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UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
@funcoupons hit everything for you pretty well. Only thing I will add is that you should go somewhere with an established process/recipe to win. In your current role it sounds like you have to build everything from scratch and thats a unique/tough spot to be. 

Find somewhere that already knows what they are doing and you can just go in an execute the plan that has been laid out. 
Incognito
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Master of Disaster
I wish I did this 😢
UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
Its never to late to change (its always too late) 
Diablo
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AE
Inagree with funcoupons. Try what you love, research, reavh out to people in the company, get to know from them and decide if that matches your bandwith.

Don't bog yourself down, life is way more beautiful.
Justatitle
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Mid Market AE
Personally I just transitioned into trucking and transportation and 60% of our business is generated from attending the various conferences we go to. It’s one industry where I don’t see in person going away. Otherwise medical sales might be a good place to look as well. 
UserNotFound
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Mid Market Manager
Hmmm- that sounds interesting! I’ve heard there is big money in logistics also.
Upper_SaaS
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Account Executive
Totally agree w/ @funcoupons 
QueenSoopers
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You would probably like a channels role. That’s all partnerships, networking and then of course closing what they bring you. Then hunting for new partnerships.
UserNotFound
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Mid Market Manager
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, actually! Great observation… I’ll search that a bit harder.
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I had a manager once tell me "You'll need to lose those morals if you want to be successful in sales"
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