Did you ever hear that you should never quit your current job until you have landed a new one?Â Well, this old adage is true, and here is why.
Medical sales recruiters understand that most of their hiring managers prefer to hire a great sales rep away from another company.Â So, when they are evaluating potential candidates to interview for a sales opening, they tend to favor those candidates who are currently employed.Â Therefore, if a recruiter has been given only three interviewing slots by the hiring company, an unemployed candidate may be left out of the process in favor of one who is employed.
This phenomenon has been somewhat diminished in importance by the large number of high quality sales individuals who have been down-sized because of the economy.Â However, make no mistake about it, most hiring managers are psychologically tuned to hiring a sales rep away from another company, rather than one who is currently unemployed.
The lesson here is that you should start your job search for a new sales position while you are still employed, if at all possible.Â Never leave an unhappy situation to seek greener pastures without understanding that you may be reducing your opportunities for gaining a better position by being unemployed.
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