According to the Harvard Business Review, “Women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree, taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.”
American companies are still lagging behind in boardroom diversity, but diverse boards are not only associated with increased financial performance, they strengthen a company’s talent pipeline, are correlated with more women Corporate Officers, more innovation, higher group performance and increased corporate social responsibility.
Women juggle taking care of home, their families, their community and their work, so a culture that allows them to set their own hours and have a life outside of the office can be particularly appealing. Women who are looking for a career with financial stability, a great salary and benefits don’t have to accept working on someone else’s schedule -- a sales career is a perfect fit.
Regardless of whether you are just starting your career, looking for a change or re-entering the job force, a job in sales can be a good fit. The research found that 47 percent of women re-entering the work force said they were open to being trained in sales, which they find appealing for its flexibility. Women in other stages of their careers find sales attractive because it’s something they could be passionate about and would find intellectually stimulating.
The time you spend at work should be more than a job. It should be meaningful, impactful, and align with your core values. And equally as important, it should enable you to live the life you want.
Women value work life balance. People in sales generally make their own hours by strategically managing their schedules. A career in sales can provide incredible flexibility for achieving work life balance without limiting earning potential.