How I Changed Careers From Sports to Sales

Our mission here at The Muse is simple: to help you find your dream job. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do!

Today, we chatted with Andrew Lamie, an account manager in inside sales at Strategic Mobility Group. He made quite a career change, shifting from the sports industry to sales, but already his new job feels like a great fit and full of potential for growth.

Read below to learn more about his story, then check out Strategic Mobility Group’s offices and see how you can land a great new gig of your own.

Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire. I went to college in South Carolina to study marketing and professional golf management. After a career in the golf world, where I worked as a director for both amateur and professional tournaments, I recently took the plunge into a new career here at Strategic Mobility Group. When I’m away from work, I enjoy traveling, golfing (for fun), and trying new restaurants.

What were you looking for in a job?

I was looking for more stability in my new role. In my previous positions, there were a lot of ups and downs in the amount of work and also a lot of travel. I was looking for a job where I was able to set routines in other parts of my life.

Finally, I was looking for potential—potential to start a new, successful career, and potential to earn as much as I’m able to sell.

What attracted you to the company?

What interested me most about Strategic Mobility Group was the growth that I’d seen over the last few years, both internally and within the industry. SMG3 itself has earned various awards recently, and the staff has increased dramatically.

As for the consumer technology industry, it’s grown exponentially. Companies are moving away from the “pen and paper” approach to become more efficient and cost effective in their businesses.

Is there anything from The Muse that helped you out in your job hunt?

I used The Muse to browse jobs daily during my search—and eventually to find and apply to my current position. There were a lot of articles that helped me in prepping for my interview and successfully negotiating my salary.

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Is there anything in particular you did during your application process that you think helped you stand out and land the job?

One thing that I think made me stand out was the handwritten follow-up letters that I sent to the team after my interview. The letter simply said “Thank you for the opportunity,” but that alone showed that I cared about the job and appreciated them meeting with me.

What does your day to day look like?

In the beginning, since I was new to the job, much of my time was consumed with sales training. Now that I have a better understanding of the industry, I’ve been making cold calls and following up on leads. I’ve even started building quotes, which means compiling information and pricing on hardware, software, wireless, and professional services specific to each project.

What advice would you have for someone who is stuck in a difficult job hunt right now?

It may take time, but there’s a job out there for everyone. Be sure to be confident once you do get an interview because the interviewer will assume that your confidence will translate into your interactions with customers. Being definitive and prepared in all your answers (and questions) during the interview is the best way to demonstrate this.

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