"What appeals to me most about this position is the creativity. You follow the trends, you follow the styles of fashion and what's going on and then once you have it done, you also have to be creative in the sense where you are going to take this product."
In Canada, the average annual salary for a textiles employee is over $35,000.
For vice president of sales, Tarah Jakubiak, working in the textiles industry can be quite challenging, in particular because the owner is also her dad.
Tarah fell into the business after using her Spanish fluency to help her Dad market to some South American customers. She was a natural. Tarah knows the business inside out and realizes what it takes to create sales and manage her team.
Did you know? Over 83% of Canadian textiles exports go to the United States.
Anyone will tell you that being in sales is not easy. Tarah's company sells to a wide variety of end users. Sales people have to use their imagination to find end uses that suit the fabrics they sell.
It takes a lot of confidence to walk into a meeting cold and sell your products. There's a lot of work just to get a meeting. You have to differentiate your products very quickly and do presentations that appeal to the needs of different customers. Sometimes the product sells itself, but most of the time you have to demonstrate why it's the thing to buy.
Education: On-the-job training.
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and relatives.