Mortgage loan officer experience?

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I know re-fi’s are the hot item now and the overall market is still somewhat depressed, but I’m interested in mortgages as a career path. I have over 5 years sales experience in a call center environment and I’ve always exceeded my quotas. I have zero real estate experience, however.

I see ads online about hiring loan officers all the time, but they all ask for “experience in the mortgage industry”. How does one get their foot in the door at a decent, reputable broker? I am open to taking courses online and getting certified. I have a high aptitude for test taking anyway. I’d take a job making $ 25,000 a year if I knew it was going to get me further in the industry.

So how does one get in? Is it who you know? What contacts you have or what? I am a hard worker, an aggressive salesman and I possess a commitment to excellence. I just want to get noticed like I did at my current company. I have accolades in sales, just not in the mortgage loan officer business. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Thank you!

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    Clive L
    April 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm


    Companies advertisements that you read are worded for the best and most qualified type of person. This is the ideal person they hope to attract. Rarely do they expect to be innudated with applicants who have all the attributes that were indicated in the advertisement. Quite often the person with all those attributes will be looking elsewhere anyway – and the companies know this.

    So, why not just apply for a position anyway? Express yourself as you have done here. You may be pleasantly surprised.

    You have indicated that you have many of the characteristics that are sought by potential employers. Good Luck!

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