Writing A Sales Resume

June 16, 2016 by  
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Writing a resume for a sales position is a challenge, because in your resume you must prove that you can sell and that you are a great sales person. There are many things that must be included but few people actually do.

These missing items include :

High Impact Sales pitch

If you are a professional salesperson, you need to show that on your resume. It can’t just be something you can do in person. You need a sales pitch that highlights your skills, personality and your ability to elicit a positive reaction from the reader.

Action Packed Statements

Using action packed statements is a must as well. It’s great that there are tons of awards for sales people all over the world but some are more action packed than others. You want to note the achievements you’ve made that will surprise people, impress people and also make them envy you.

Company confidentiality Agreements

Sharing too much confidential information is also something employers and hiring managers look out for. They don’t want to stress out that if you leave their company, you will share their trade secrets. So make sure while writing your resume that you avoid saying anything that would be deemed confidential.

Focus on Results

Results need to be seen with numbers not words. Also using exact numbers is better than estimates. Which do you think will get you a phone call from a hiring manager … over 300 sales in 1 month or 365 sales in one month? Both will and can work but the second one looks better and uses less words. It also proves you keep track of your numbers.

Quantifiable Results

There are other numbers you can mention too. These numbers might include, your sales rankings within your company and/or your industry if possible, market share growth, and client base growth over a designated time period.

Feel free to check out our resume samples for more ideas on writing a winning sales resume.

How Long Should A Resume Be?

December 31, 2014 by  
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It’s a question many people ask themselves when they are starting to write a new resume. It’s actually not an easy question to answer at all. There are a number of factors that have to be considered that allow you to determine how long your resume must be.


Customize Your Resume

The first consideration is the breadth of your experience. For example if you have been a manager in a number of companies for more than 10 years, then a two page resume is a good idea.

However, if you haven’t been in your desired field for at least 5 years, you should only have a resume with one page.

The second element is the job position itself. For example a resume for a truck driver can actually be the same length as a sales person.

You may ask why? Because each might have 10 to 30 years of experience in that field. They may have worked for tons of companies. And each may also have skills that are unmatched by others.

If however the position is something much smaller such as a cashier at retail stores or a hostess at various restaurants, those resumes won’t be as detailed or long. Instead they will short and to the point.

The length of the resume really depends on the job. So always consider the job when you are applying with a standard resume.

The third factor is what sections are needed in the resume. For example, a common resume has a summary, skills, education and experience. But some resumes require other elements. These elements may include things like awards, list of known software, tests taken and passed.

The best way to know if you resume needs those extra elements is to look at examples of resumes in that field. And also be sure to refer to the job application itself to customize your resume for that position.