When you are looking for a sales job, do you have blinders on? Are you limiting your opportunities because you are not a “perfect” match that is being asked on the job description? May be you have only 3 years experience versus 5 or you sold in another industry.
As a hiring sales manager, when I interview candidates, what matters is if the candidate can demonstrate that they can and will do the job. I have hired many sales team members that didn’t fit the exact job description posting, which usually is drafted by the recruiters and in reality, the perfect candidates are usually the ones that comes with their own unique transferable skills, passion, attitude and character. You are a sales person and you are selling yourself. Position yourself by preparing for the sales job interview and be ready to meet that objections, if they do come up about any “shortcomings” that you might have. Just like in sales you will have to deal with objections and what better way to show your skills than during the sale job interview process.
Keep our options open and submit your resume to positions you truly feel that you can excel at and that you have something to offer. Don’t go overboard, but be realistic. Most sales job postings are not perfect and it usually comes down to how well the candidate can sell themselves, how prepared they are and how he/she can convince the hiring manager that they can make an impact and have proof to show it.