Despite unemployment levels remaining high around the world, one position is well in demand but impossible to fill from the United States to the United Kingdom, that of the salesman.

While sales jobs hit a four-year high of 15.8 million in June, according to USA Today, sales representatives are only behind skilled trade positions in businesses having trouble finding workers, while another 35 percent of sales managers couldn't find qualified candidates for open positions last month. That's beginning to harm businesses' bottom lines and revenues.

Some of the blame is being placed upon the shifting nature of the jobs, where some positions have had multiple components consolidated into one. Some businesspeople must not only explain but also then sell their practices, with more demanding work required than in recent years. Others have added additional features to traditional products to sell, meaning landing a sale can become more difficult with bells and whistles involved.

More than 20,000 sales jobs are advertised monthly in the UK additionally, the second-largest position offering openings, but only about half as many applicants generally apply to them as other positions due to the perception of poor reputations and increasing pressure, according to Recruiter magazine.

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