There’s one big sale you’ve got to make before you begin your entry-level sales career, and that’s YOU.
It’s true – your first sale is convincing a recruiter to give you a second look with a winning, focused resume. To get a call back and land an interview for your entry-level sales job, use these resume secrets:
Customize your objective
As much as possible, tailor your objective to the specific job. Let the recruiter know you’ve gone to the trouble of finding out something about the company and the role you’d like to play in that company. If you’re applying for more than one entry-level sales job, make the extra effort to personalize your objective for each one – even if the positions are similar.
Showcase your skills in relevant and clear-cut terms
Sales is, by its nature, a competitive business. If you worked as a server in a local restaurant and consistently had the highest average price per ticket, say so. You’ll look like a much better candidate than the person who simply says they waited tables for two years.
Recruiters looking to fill entry-level sales positions are looking for winners – so if you’ve won any awards, be sure to include an “awards and achievements” section in your resume. Participating successfully in competitions is often a sign of a great potential salesperson.
Target your words for high impact
Use the company’s job description to pinpoint the qualities your recruiter is looking for. Then describe yourself in words that reflect those qualities. Some possible examples include:
- Driven to succeed
Use real-life examples to show exactly how you’ve demonstrated these qualities.
Eliminate all errors
Nothing is infallible — not even SpellCheck. Ask your friends to read over your resume for errors. Read it out loud to yourself, or read it backwards from the bottom up. Any of these are great ways to spot mistakes you might otherwise miss.
Your resume is your “elevator pitch,” and every part of it should be designed to sell your skills and land you an entry-level sales job. Portray yourself as the winner you are, and get ready to soar!