Ok, this example doesn’t say anything other than you had a sales job and did the tasks you were asked to do. You can already see this resume going on the “no” pile can’t you?
Don’t simply list tasks. Doing this demonstrates a lack of motivation and that go-getter mindset that every sales position is looking for.
Additionally, make sure your resume tells a compelling story - this is where a full work history may be the right solution. It should represent a clear path, showing your progression over time.
But, what if your past positions don’t include “sales” in the title? Simply use the description and responsibilities outline to show any links to sales or its key skills - communication, organizational, and proactivity.
Finally, compare your experience section with the details listed in the job description for your sales position. This will remind you of anything you might’ve missed during the writing session and will give you hints on what achievements you’ll want to highlight further in your resume.
What if you need to create an entry level sales resume experience section?
So how can you create a sales resume experience section when you don’t have any?
Don’t worry, we’re going to show you how to do that now.
Maybe you just recently graduated from school? Or are making a change into a sales career?
You may think you don’t have the sales experience that is needed for a great sales resume, but in just a few moments you’re going to realize that you’ve got more sales experience than you think!
While you may not have been the VP of Sales for North America, you’ve most likely worked in an environment that required the necessary sales skills to make a great salesman or saleswoman. This experience could come from an internship, a side project, an organization you volunteer for, etc.
Here’s what you should do:
- Start by identifying the kinds of skills and experiences you think will be relevant for the sales job you’re applying for. For example, the posting may be looking for someone experienced in customer service or account management.
- Now, look back at your previous experiences to see what you may have done which could demonstrate that. In this example, maybe you worked in retail or another customer service job where you needed to listen to the customers needs and make sure they were always happy.
- Once you’ve got the right experience, emphasize it using the same language the job description did.
With these techniques, even if you’ve never had a job as a salesperson, you can still show you’re qualified for your first position.
Of course, if you’re creating an entry level sales resume, your education section is going to be of particular importance.
How to create the best sales resume education section
Sales is a unique profession that doesn’t usually put as much emphasis on education when being hired.
Don’t get me wrong, a strong degree or college diploma in business administration or marketing is going to help you for sure, it’s just not usually the #1 factor for getting or not getting the job.
If you’ve been in sales for several years, you won’t have to put as much emphasis on education on your sales resume as a newcomer or fresher in sales.
If you’re applying for your first job in sales then you’re going to want to expand the details of your education where possible.
Here’s what you can add to your education section:
- Relevant courses (here you can mention projects, skills acquired, lessons learned, etc.)
- Your GPA (if you think it’s relevant)
Here’s a look at how a sales industry veteran’s education looks compared to someone who is writing a resume with no sales experience.