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A review of Prehired as a sales bootcamp

Hi, I’m Alex! I’ve been working in sales for innovative startups like SoftBank Robotics and large corporations like NBC Universal for years. Now, I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise to help people land great sales jobs through workshops and 1-on-1 mentorship. Check out my review of Prehired.

What does Prehired do?

Prehired is a community platform and sales bootcamp. The program focuses on helping students land a full-time sales job in business-to-business (B2B) software sales. Graduates receive lifetime access to Prehired content updates, mentoring, job references, an active online members-only group, live training, and more.

Students can go through the online bootcamp at their own pace. That means people can participate even if they are working full-time. Students communicate with instructors via email, Slack, phone, and video conferencing. They can schedule 1-on-1 meetings with mentors as needed. The course features recorded lectures, readings, assignments, mock interviews, and more.

Students work through 15 modules, which take 12-22 weeks to complete. The first 5 modules teach students about basics sales tools, customer relationship management (CRMs), and best LinkedIn practices. The next 5 modules cover science-based sales skills such as finding ideal customer profiles, effective messaging, conducting sales meetings, and the psychology of science-based sales. For the final modules, students focus on preparing for the job market by building their brand, learning more about workflows & systems, reaching out to companies, completing their science-based sales certification, and applying for jobs. 

Who is Prehired for?

People who have no experience in sales or tech and are looking to launch a career in B2B tech sales can benefit from the bootcamp offered by Prehired. The program welcomes applicants of all ages and education levels.

What does Prehired cost? How much work is involved?

Prehired uses an income share agreement (ISA) model. Students do not have to make any upfront payments. They guarantee that you will land a job making $60,000 within 1 year of finishing coursework (this includes expected commissions). Students pay 12.5% of their gross income for 48 months. The first payment is due 28 days after starting a job. The ISA is capped at $30,000. If a graduate stops working or is making less than $3,333.33 per month, the ISA pauses. There is no interest during the pause. The ISA expires after 8 years, even if the students have not paid anything. Students can receive a discount of $3,000 off their $30,000 ISA payment cap by making monthly payments of $250.

Admission is competitive, with only 5% of students receiving an acceptance. Students must fill out an online application and participate in a behavioral interview. 

Ratings and reviews

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Online reviews of Prehired are mixed. 

People who praised the program benefited from the curriculum and job seeking resources. CourseReport reviewers, for example, said that they learned a lot from the program. According to one reviewer, “The program taught me how to really amplify my organizational skills by using CRMs like Hubspot and Salesforce to keep me on the right track and have the most productive work day.”

Speaking to the quality of the course content, another grad said, “The materials are very straightforward and the coursework helps clarify everything.” 

CourseReport grads also applauded the job-seeking resources and mentorship. As one reviewer pointed out, “From the initial interview, to learning the tools of the industry and interviewing techniques, to the job search, I can say that these guys were there every step of the way.”

Echoing this, another student said, “You are provided a mentor from the start and also have access to a Slack group full of Prehired staff, fellow students, and alumni to help with any questions you have.”

But, people also felt that the bootcamp was too expensive. They also said it was not the best avenue to launch a career in tech sales. As one Reddit user put it, “Is the training really worth $60K? In my opinion you’d be better off taking an entry level position at $30-$45k base and gaining experience for four years (or less).”

Another Reddit user who finished the program reportedly struggled to find a job. They said, “It’s been 4 months since I’ve been looking for a job to no success. I wouldn’t recommend this course for people who don’t have any sales experience and hope that this course will land them a job.”

Alternatives to Prehired 

If you decide not to participate in Prehired, there are a number of alternative bootcamps.

  • Like Prehired, Flockjay is a bootcamp for people who are interested in launching a career in software sales. They also allow their students to finance their education through an ISA. Learn more about Flockjay in our review.
  • Alternatively, you can consider Always Hired. They are a sales bootcamp for people who are looking to land a job as a sales development representative (SDR) at a SaaS (software as sales) company
  • SV Academy is a sales bootcamp that pairs students with partner companies. Students can choose to pay tuition or go through the program for free while working at the partner company. 
  • Similarly, Aspireship has courses for people interested in becoming an account executive at a SaaS company. Alternatively, check out Victory Lap, which is a live bootcamp.
  • Vendition offers free online courses in sales for tech, as well as job placement assistance for those looking to land an entry-level account executive position at an SaaS company. 
  • Students can also consider Uvaro, which has a 12-week sales bootcamp and internship opportunities.
  • Similarly, Austin Sales Academy has a 5-week online course in sales. Or, consider CourseCareers and Headstart Academy, which are self-paced courses.
  • In addition, Re:work is a nonprofit sales training program that helps people launch careers in SaaS sales and other tech sales roles.
  • Merit America is a nonprofit that teaches tech sales and software engineering to people without college degrees.
  • Women who want to learn sales skills quickly can check out TalentMinded Women in Tech Sales Bootcamp, which lasts 5 days.
  • Likewise, School16 and GreenFig teach marketing, sales, and product management.
More alternatives
  • A tech bootcamp with full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses in a variety of topics, General Assembly is a good option for people looking to learn the basics and get a great job. Learn more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, GrowthX Academy has courses for people who are interested in sales, business development, product management, UX design, and growth marketing.
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • With free and paid options, Coursera is an online learning platform with courses that cover inbound sales techniques, including researching prospective clients.
  • Similarly, Udemy offers a free “break into software sales” course, which prepares students for entry-level software sales interviews. 
  • An online resource, Skillshare has free and paid courses in tech entrepreneurship and sales.
  • Or, consider JBarrows Sales, Software Sales Gurus, or The Brooks Group, which teach online courses and workshops on a variety of sales topics.
  • Likewise, SalesWise Academy is an online sales resource that offers sales training via podcasts, coaching, and live events to help people launch their sales careers.
  • Current and aspiring sales professionals can check out Winning by Design or Richardson Sales Performance, which teach courses for beginners and managers.
  • You can also consider TechPoint Sales Bootcamp, which has short internship opportunities throughout the course.
  • In the same vein, students at Fuel Sales Academy work while learning and actually get paid during the program.

How does Prehired compare to Pathrise?

Prehired is a program for people who are looking to develop the necessary skills to land a job in tech sales from scratch. They provide technical training and job search guidance. 

Pathrise is a full service organization that helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors have experience on both sides of the hiring table. We work with fellows on each step of their job search, including resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, behavioral & technical interview preparation, salary negotiation, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, and more. We personalize our curriculum to match each fellow’s specific needs. 

Our program is flexible. There are only 4 hours of group sessions per week. Fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions when they need support. While the Prehired ISA is 12.5% for 48 months, the Pathrise income share agreement is just 5-9%. We never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentorship. If you want help with your technical and behavioral interviews or any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise. 

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Alex Immel

Alex Immel is one of Pathrise's leading negotiation consultants.

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