Salespeople are in demand. According to LinkedIn research, sales experts have risen to the top of recruiters’ “most wanted” lists, and sales jobs are two of the three most recruited roles at tech companies. But not all sales jobs are the same.

Sales jobs at startup companies are volatile and exciting. But emerging companies can quickly go out of business, leaving salespeople (and everyone else) high and dry. Corporate sales can be risky for other reasons, especially if a top performer doesn’t gel with the culture or wants to explore other opportunities.

What’s the best choice for you? As is usually the case, it depends. Talented sales professionals have a lot of options available, but they need to determine whether their strengths, personal objectives and penchants lean toward putting down roots with a fledgling firebrand or a steadfast, known commodity.

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