Sales Leadership: It’s time to gear up your recruiting!

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I have often stated that a sales manager should spend 15% to 20% of their time recruiting and interviewing, but as you move through October into November you need to increase your recruiting focus.

At this time of year, like it or not, every salesperson is assessing their current status, their organization, what they are selling and a pending new compensation plan in 2012. By increasing your recruiting now you will capture the attention of potential “A” or “B” salespeople and by adding them now or even at the first of the year you will be in position to exceed your 2012 sales goals. What should you do?

1. Place a display advertisement in the business section of your local paper-not in the help wanted section.

2. Review your resume folder or competitive salesperson list. Check your won/lost reports and find out who the salespeople were that won orders during the past year. Call them.

3. Contact your vendor account managers, let them know you are looking for additional salespeople, they may know quality salespeople to contact.

4. Increase your networking activity, attend a few extra events and let everyone know you are looking for quality salespeople.

5. Make sure everyone in your company knows that you are recruiting. Set up a referral bonus plan.

Obviously as you interview, make sure you have well defined interviewing process to effectively select quality candidates. My book may be of value if you haven’t been trained to hire salespeople,

Recruiting High Performance Sales Teams includes additional recruiting ideas, interview questions, scorecards and a bonus section that describes a New Salesperson On-Boarding process.

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Ken Thoreson
Acumen Management Group Ltd. "operationalizes" sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone. During the past 13 years, our consulting, advisory, and platform services have illuminated, motivated, and rejuvenated the sales efforts for organizations throughout North America.

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