Complete Guide toWriting a Sales Job Resume

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Complete Guide toWriting a Sales Job Resume

Our thorough guide to writing a sales job resume can help you get your foot in the door of a great company.

What is a resume?

A resume is your professional introduction to any prospective employer. It's a concise, accurate list of your skills, background and qualifications for the sales job you want.

The typical components of a sales resume include sections such as:

  • Contact information
  • A career summary of your work in sales
  • Your work history in sales up to this point
  • Your academic credentials
  • Any additional skills that relate to jobs in sales
  • Character and professional references

Most sales jobs will use a resume rather than a CV. A CV is a longer, more detailed document that covers your entire work history. The resume is more concise and easier for hiring managers to read quickly. It should only include work history related to sales in some way.

Researching a resume

It's a great idea to do some research on resumes in the sales industry before starting your own. Several educational sites can give you examples of basic resumes that you can use as an outline. There's no need to copy these directly, but they can give you some idea of how to get started.

Because sales is a specific field, many of these resumes include an objective statement. An objective is a couple of sentences about your career goals as they relate to sales jobs and how you plan to reach those goals. Remember that some of the jobs you've held in the past could relate back to sales in some way.

If you decide to use a blank template to craft your sales resume, these templates will include the basic headers and sections that might be appropriate for a job in sales. You can also turn to a resume builder that can help you craft your perfect sales resume right from the start.

Some of the common things you'll find on sales templates are a summary of professional qualifications that relate to sales. Awards or other activities will often highlight things you did that developed these qualities, such as public speaking or negotiating.

Since you'll be sending out your sales resume to one or more companies, do research on them and tailor individual resumes to what you find. Knowing about the company's goals and how they manage their sales team can help you customize your resume and make sure that you have highlighted the skills the company needs.

Writing your resume

When writing a resume that will catch the eye of a sales team manager, include these sections:

  • Header with contact information - This part should always go at the top of your sales resume. Be sure to include your full name and the various ways that the company can reach you
  • Write your professional title and resume summary - Post the title of your current position and give a brief summary of your qualifications. For a sales job, you might say something about your certifications and use action verbs or keywords, such as "Sales clerk with experience in professional negotiations and contract management."
  • Skill matching - You may have a wide variety of skills, but you should stick to the ones that are relevant to a sales position. If you have experience with technology such as Salesforce, you can list something like that here.
  • Achievements - Maintain focus on your professional achievements in the field of sales. If you have brokered multiple high-profile deals for your current company, briefly list some of these in the appropriate section.
  • Additional skills and language proficiencies - Any extra skills you may have with technology or languages should go in their own sections. A company may have a particular interest in any foreign language skills you have in case they need to make sales to international clients, for example.
  • Selecting the font and color - Hiring managers typically spend just a few seconds scanning each of the hundreds of sales resumes they might receive. You should choose a font that is easy on the eyes and stick to basic black text on a white background.

Wrapping it up

Now that you've included all the relevant information, it's time to wrap things up. Forgetting to proofread can cause a hiring manager to discard an otherwise great sales resume. There are things you can do before and after the proofreading process to make sure your text looks good and says what you want.

Spelling and grammar mistakes are common, but they are also easy to fix. Go over your resume to check for any misspelled words or grammatical errors. Your resume will look sloppy or even say things you didn't mean if you don't correct these.

While you're doing the proofreading, take a quick look at what you've written and decide if it is relevant. Everything you've said should relate to your work or education in sales.

Now that the final draft is done, it's time to save your work. Choose multiple formats such as .doc or .pdf that will maintain the structure of your resume. Name the file something unique that includes your name and the sales position. We recommend going the extra step and printing a hard copy on high-quality paper to bring to your interview.

Common mistakes and tips on avoiding

Do one last check to make sure all the professional experiences you've included are relevant to sales. If you can't connect something you've done to the job you want, you should remove it.

If you have a gap in your employment history, don't just brush it off. Offer the employer a brief explanation of why there is a chunk of time missing from your professional career.

Do a quick scan and make sure the whole resume is organized neatly, flows well and has headers or paragraphs break up the blocks of text. While you're here, check again for any typos.

A common mistake many recruiters find on sales resumes is underselling. Make sure you've listed your accomplishments and what you can bring to the new sales team clearly and prominently. After all, your first job for the company is to sell yourself!