Back-to-School May Mean Back-to-Work for Sales Professionals

Back-to-School May Mean Back-to-Work for Sales Professionals

Monster Data Reveals Demand for Sales Workers Ahead of Back-to-School Season

MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: MWW) , today released new data detailing workers' views within sales. The results indicate Sales pros have a generally positive employment outlook with nearly half (42%) of those surveyed feeling confident that they could find a new job if they needed one and 58% of respondents agreeing they would relocate for the right opportunity.

This positive employment outlook is supported by the fact that employer demand for these jobs has risen substantially over recent years. Total sales and related jobs have grown 60% from 3 years ago and 8% on an annual basis.1

Monster data reveals that retail salespersons, supervisors of sales workers, and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives are currently the top three sales occupations in demand. The top cities for these professions include some of the most sought after job markets in the U.S. such as New York, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.

"With retail sales currently ranking as one of the most in demand jobs in the country, sales professionals have reason to feel optimistic about their job prospects," said Jeffrey Quinn, Vice President of Monster's Global Insights. "There are a number of industries actively hiring sales professionals. Higher end department stores, commercial banking centers, and home centers are among the top three industries hiring right now. This is largely indicative of seasonal hires being made ahead of the busy back-to-school and holiday seasons. Within the retail industry, we have seen particular high demand for salespersons, supervisors, and cashiers."

Despite being among the most confident, the survey suggests that sales professionals still believe that the job market is challenging with nearly three-quarters (74%) agreeing it is more difficult to find a job than it was a year ago.

Top Industries hiring Sales workers2:

1. Department Stores (except Discount Department Stores)

2. Commercial Banking

3. Home Centers

4. Insurance Agencies and Brokerages

5. General Line Grocery Merchant Wholesalers

6. Household Appliance Stores

7. Family Clothing Stores

8. All Other General Merchandise Stores

9. Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores

10. Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores

Sales Occupations2

Top 10 Occupations:

1. Retail Salespersons

2. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

3. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

4. Insurance Sales Agents

5. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

6. Sales Agents, Financial Services

7. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

8. Demonstrators and Product Promoters

9. Telemarketers

10. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

Top 10 Cities2

1. New York, NY

2. Chicago, IL

3. Houston, TX

4. Los Angeles, CA

5. Dallas, TX

6. Atlanta, GA

7. Washington, DC

8. Phoenix, AZ

9. San Francisco, CA

10. Boston, MA

About the Survey
From the unique perspective of the job seeker, the Monster Workforce Talent survey captures the likeliness of those employed and unemployed to actively search for a job, the challenges they face in a search as well as motivating factors driving them to seek out a new job. This is the ninth significant finding of Monster's Workforce Talent survey of nearly 6,000 registered Monster users, covering general job market insight and sentiment. For a full copy of the survey, visit the Monster Resource Center.

Monster's study "U.S. Workforce Talent" surveyed nearly 6,000 job seekers who are currently employed or desire employment in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be inclusive of all Monster job seekers who have actively used their My Monster account over the past 3 years. The survey ran from January 14, 2013 to February 18, 2013.

About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: MWW) , is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit

1 Source: Wanted Technologies, Total Available Jobs, July 2009 - July 2013*

2 Source: Wanted Technologies, Total Available Jobs, 120-Days*

*The top 10 lists for cities and occupations and year-over-year trends reflect rankings based on the volumes of jobs that are posted online across several large online job boards. The number of positions reflects the volume of "advertised" jobs available online and is not meant as a claim of unfilled or open positions.

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