So you want a job in healthcare sales. You’ve done some research and you know it won’t be easy, but you are ready and willing to do whatever it takes. But what exactly does it take? You probably already know that the ideal medical sales job candidate has medical sales experience. But those experienced sales reps had to start somewhere, right? Someone gave them a chance, so why shouldn’t you get a chance too?
Entry level medical sales jobs can be tough to find, but they are out there. And of course, just because the description doesn’t specify “entry level medical sales jobs” doesn’t mean that the hiring manager wouldn’t make an exception for a truly spectacular candidate. So what makes a candidate spectacular? And how can such a candidate get noticed by the right people and ultimately interview for entry level medical sales jobs?
This article provides answers to those questions and more. Keep reading to find out what the experts advise on how to break into medical sales.
Research, Research, Research
The more you know about the industry, the more likely you are to achieve your goal of breaking into medical sales. What do you need to know? As much as possible. Medical sales recruiter Peggy McKee advises newcomers to learn as much as they can about 1) what’s happening in the industry, 2) what medical sales jobs entail, and 3) what hiring managers at medical device companies are looking for. McKee’s blog, “Medical Sales Recruiter –Tips and Quips” is an excellent resource for those hoping to educate themselves in all three of those areas.
Another great resource for those seeking medical device sales jobs is the website My Job Scope, a blog by medical device sales and marketing recruiter, Lisa McCallister. She regularly posts advice for those seeking medical device sales jobs as well as glimpses into the jobs themselves. Her experience recruiting for a large medical device company gives her invaluable insight which she freely shares with those seeking jobs not only at her company, but at other medical device companies too.
Every job seeker should recognize the importance of researching the companies where they are applying for jobs, but for entry level medical sales job seekers, research is truly critical. If you are hoping to break into the industry you must have a comprehensive understanding of the job you are applying for. That means knowing the medical device company that has posted the position, knowing what the role demands, and knowing how to impress the hiring manager.
You certainly have a lot to learn, so where do you start? Well, if you’re still not 100% clear on the different types of medical sales jobs, recruiter Paula Rutledge of Legacy Medsearch has an excellent video series on the topic. You may want to start your research there.