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Old 06-05-2015, 12:24 PM
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I'll try to make this as informative as possible not start any type of war or anything, but I am looking at getting into the marine industry for a change. I am 24 years old and live in central SC and am currently working as a sales manager in the powersports industry. I am really trying to get into an outside sales position with a good company in the industry if possible and have sent out resumes, but having other's opinions are always helpful most of the time! Any thoughts or feedback or even leads would be great, thanks!
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1. Get a professional looking resume
2. Network, Network, Network
3. Make finding a new career a full-time job
4. LinkedIn

Lesson over!

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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
1. Get a professional looking resume
2. Network, Network, Network
3. Make finding a new career a full-time job
4. LinkedIn

Lesson over!

Good luck!
1. Professional resume...check!
2. Network....always in progress!
3. Great idea!
4. Already on it.

Thank you for your help, those are some really great tips!
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Looking for a job by scanning Monster and the like is godawful, I hated it for the month I tried.

I'd look for companies that you'd like to work for and see if they have openings direct on their websites, or send their HR department your resume along with a letter explaining your desire for employment.

Don't forget about the commercial side of the marine business...so many people think they want to be in recreational boating and forget there is huge money in commercial shipping, offshore oil and natural gas, etc.
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The marine industry is huge, there's shipping, research, oil exploration, defense, cruise industry and commercial fishing. There is a lot of money out there and a lot of companies looking for sales reps. Here are a few magazines that are free to the trade

http://sea-technology.com/

http://worldmaritimenews.com/

http://www.tscpublishing.com/ocean-n...ology-magazine


Sea Technology puts out it's annual buyers guide. I think it's about $25. I got a job using it. I shotgunned 100 resumes and got 1 positive reply. That was all I needed. A lot of the high tech sales jobs require engineering degrees but there are a lot of niches. You just have to find yours.


Just found a free electronic version (page 48/Section C) lists categories and companies that service them, (Page 18/Section B) gives companies and contact information http://stbuyersguide.epubxp.com/i/439436-2015

My brother was in sales,he started when he was about 20. He answered an ad for a salesman for Monroe, He was a bit of a motorhead and figured he could sell shocks. He got there and realized it was for Monroe calculators. He BS'd the guy and got the job. Thirty years and a few jobs later he was a division sales manager for HP making big bucks. You never know where things will lead

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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
The marine industry is huge, there's shipping, research, oil exploration, defense, cruise industry and commercial fishing. There is a lot of money out there and a lot of companies looking for sales reps. Here are a few magazines that are free to the trade

http://sea-technology.com/

http://worldmaritimenews.com/

http://www.tscpublishing.com/ocean-n...ology-magazine


Sea Technology puts out it's annual buyers guide. I think it's about $25. I got a job using it. I shotgunned 100 resumes and got 1 positive reply. That was all I needed. A lot of the high tech sales jobs require engineering degrees but there are a lot of niches. You just have to find yours.


Just found a free electronic version (page 48/Section C) lists categories and companies that service them, (Page 18/Section B) gives companies and contact information http://stbuyersguide.epubxp.com/i/439436-2015

My brother was in sales,he started when he was about 20. He answered an ad for a salesman for Monroe, He was a bit of a motorhead and figured he could sell shocks. He got there and realized it was for Monroe calculators. He BS'd the guy and got the job. Thirty years and a few jobs later he was a division sales manager for HP making big bucks. You never know where things will lead

Good luck with your endeavor
Wow man thank you so much. I really appreciate all of your help. I'll definitely check it out, any other advice or maybe specific companies to try would be great to. Did you just shotgun emails to those companies like that are found in sea tech? Thanks again man
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
Looking for a job by scanning Monster and the like is godawful, I hated it for the month I tried.

I'd look for companies that you'd like to work for and see if they have openings direct on their websites, or send their HR department your resume along with a letter explaining your desire for employment.

Don't forget about the commercial side of the marine business...so many people think they want to be in recreational boating and forget there is huge money in commercial shipping, offshore oil and natural gas, etc.
That's a good point. I'll definitely look into that. I really appreciate your help!!
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There are recruiters for the marine industry, you might look into that too.
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I will post something a bit different, a lot aren't interested but if you have the interest, clean record and not a drug user

Consider one of the many organizations (state level or Federal) that work in resource protection (Game Warden, Marine Patrol) type work.

I was a Florida Marine Patrol Officer in Florida (now FWC) right out of college for 7 years. You wont get rich but if you like being outdoors and on the water it was great for that. I spent 70 to 80 percent of my time on water patrol. Like any job there are the cons to it like being called in the middle of the night to go offshore and such. For a young single guy wanting to be around the water, you could not beat it..

All states have game wardens and the Feds have National Marine Fisheries Service or Federal Game Warden
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Get subscriptions (paper or online) to the Trade Publications for the Industry. Soundings Trade Only and Professional Boat Builder are the two big ones, each has want ads. Also in September there will be IBEX, the Industry Trade Show that focuses on Boat Builders in Louisville KY but all the players are there and on display.

http://www.ibexshow.com/exhibit-welcome.php

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I'm on my phone and can't figure out how to send you a PM, but shoot me a PM with your contact info and I'll be in touch. My company is hiring and it might be something you'd be interested in.
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USAJOBS is the portal for a Federal Career if you are interested in that route.
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Thanks so much everybody for all of the advice thus far. All of it has been very helpful. SirFer I sent you a PM
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I can already tell RW will be successful. He takes coaching and suggestions. Not many 24 year olds will...
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I can already tell RW will be successful. He takes coaching and suggestions. Not many 24 year olds will...
Thanks nicecast! I appreciate that. I'm eager to learn and committed to being the best for whomever I work for and represent
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www.brunswick.com

Click on careers. Huge company with many opportunities.
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Thanks everybody. I talked to a guy at Sea Pro and was informed that they already have a sales manager in place but I sent my resume for them to keep on file. Hopefully something will come along snd in the mean time I'll keep digging!
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I'd love to be able to work out of my home office and travel to meet with dealers and clients but like I said, would definitely be open to anything. Living in Sumter, South Carolina puts me in a good central location to get around the east coast fairly conveniently
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I'd advise against it and instead seek a consistent job relatively immune from economic cycle's like a sales job in the health care industry.
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