Want a resume that stands out from the rest? Want a resume that will get more looks from medical sales job recruiters? Of course you do! A great resume not only gets your foot in the door, but it can also be the difference between getting the job and wondering why you didn’t. Be sure to use these tips to help recruiters remember your name while making your resume as awesome as it can be!
1) Title your resume simply by using your first and last name.
2) Remove blank/extra pages from the end of your resume.
3) Be sure to list the company, division, and job title (with dates worked) for each former employer.
4) Don’t use the word “currently” in your resume. A job recruiter won’t know exactly when you wrote it.
5) Don’t use overly formal language. Big words may show you’re intelligent, but recruiters know when you’re trying too hard.
6) Unless otherwise specified, submit your resume in “Word” format. This is becoming the preferred format for recruiters.
7) If copying and pasting from a web application, copy a text version to avoid formatting issues.
8) List your job accomplishments not everyday duties. Medical and pharmaceutical sales jobs recruiters want to know what you have achieved rather than mundane daily activities.
9) Include important achievements. Remember, if it’s not on your resume, it doesn’t exist.
10) Keep your resume detailed but short whenever possible. You want to hold the reader’s interest.
11) Make sure you have voicemail set up on the contact phone number you provided.
12) Utilize bullet points to highlight achievements. Bullet points make reading through a resume easier and a lot less intimidating.
13) Include your LinkedIn profile within your contact information.
14) Don’t include a photo (even if you’re really good looking!).
15) Include your last name on subsequent pages of your resume.
16) Avoid overused generic adjectives like “goal-oriented,” “dedicated,” and “results-driven” among others.
17) Keep your work experience relevant. Similar to tailoring your resume for each specific job, make sure your listed work experience matches that of the job you are applying for.
18) Put experience before education on your resume. Recruiters value job experience over schooling.
19) Use simple, consistent formatting with a legible font throughout your resume.
20) Keep in mind: a great-looking resume may not get you the job, but an average-looking one will most certainly knock you out of an interview.
21) Include numbers as often as possible when referring to your professional accomplishments (percentages, sales figures, dollar amounts, etc.).
22) Use a contact email address that is appropriate and professional (i.e. “email@example.com”).
23) List any awards and certificates earned (President’s Club, Circle of Excellence, etc.) and include the level/group from which you were selected for (regional, state, national, etc.).
24) Find a way to make the subject line stand out from the email containing your resume.
25) Have more than one email handy and be sure to tailor each one to the specific job you are applying for.
26) Don’t over explain yourself and accomplishments.
27) Eliminate large blocks of text that are unappealing and sometimes intimidating to the eye.
28) Start your resume with a concise objective or summary that highlights your goals and achievements.
29) List jobs in reverse chronological order.
30) Mix up your word usage. Don’t repeat the same words in your “experience” section (“accomplished,” “responsible for,” “created,” etc.).
31) Explain any gaps in employment.
32) Do not include salary history or salary expectations on your resume.
33) Leave out any references. If asked, you can always provide them.
34) Sell yourself in your resume. Just like the job you are applying for, you need to put your selling skills to the test. It’s ok to brag; recruiters are expecting you to.
35) Be specific in your resume and include what you sold, where you sold it, and when you sold it.
36) Cite your end-of-the-year rankings for three most recent years of employment and out of how many sales reps total.
37) Use words that refer to official titles and positions rather than vague descriptions of positions.
38) Reference the job title or position in the subject line of the email which includes your resume.
39) Provide both the month and year of employment.
40) Find places on your resume to insert specific keywords from the job description.
41) Use the space you need, even if it’s more than 1 page (while keeping your resume clear and concise).
42) Describe your activity level for each position (number of cold calls, targeted meetings, etc.).
43) Don’t lie. Most HR departments do extensive background checks before hiring a candidate. Besides, you will be exposed in no time at all once you begin the job.
44) If your hometown is not a major city, include the nearest metropolitan area in parentheses.
45) Leave out any personal interests or hobbies. Recruiters don’t have time to waste on superlative information like that.
46) Cite the percentage of quota met for each quarter of the current year.
47) Omit short-worked jobs that you may have worked for short periods of time (basically anything less than six months).
48) Proofread multiple times to ensure your resume is free of spelling errors, grammatical errors, or formatting errors.
49) Introduce your resume with a few short sentences in the body of the email you are sending to a recruiter/hiring official.
50) Get help from a professional. MedReps’ medical sales resume review service can help your resume stand out and above the crowd!