Young Professionals:Think Like a Saleman to Land the Gig
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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What do young professionals and car salesmen have in common? You’re probably thinking not too much. But, there are many skills that car salesmen use every day to seal a deal that young job seekers can learn from. Check out a few of them that you can apply in your search:

Dress for success. While you might be tempted to make fun of the salesmen in suits trying to offload used cars, you have to admit that those guys do look nice.

Consider the songs that laud the benefits of wearing a quality suit, like “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top or “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake. Start wearing crisp dress pants instead of worn khakis, and you’ll notice that you have more confidence and poise. Remember, dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

Do an attitude check. There’s no need to become an arrogant jerk, but start carrying yourself more confidently. People will notice when you feel good and are comfortable in your own shoes. Don’t go too far; if you’re too cocky, they’ll have a much harder time taking you and your ideas seriously.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.