How a passionate pitch could be worth $7,500 for a Canadian student
Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:03AM EST
Young Canadians can win up to $7,500 for sharing their passion with some of the country's top employers in a national sales pitch competition.
The Great Canadian Sales Competition is inviting students to upload a 30 to 90 second video selling something they’re passionate about. Some of the contest's top-voted entries include pitches about long-distance relationships, social media and why Greek food is the best food.
Moneris' chief sales officer, and competition judge, Jeff Guthrie says he hopes the contest changes the perception young people may have about a career in sales.
"They think of sales as old-fashioned," Guthrie told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday. "Like a used car sales man."
But he said most students will have to draw on their sales ability at some point in their working lives.
"No matter what career you go into, you're going to have to sell yourself," Guthrie said.
The contest’s 25 finalists will receive a paid trip to the final round of the competition in Toronto, courtesy of Air Canada. The first-place winner will receive a $7,500 prize and the second to fifth place runners-up will win $1,000 each.
But Guthrie said "the real prize" is the opportunity to network with some of Canada's top employers.
"It's great to see youth out there promoting themselves," he said. "The passion that's out there it's incredible."