Medical Sales Job Search Report

No one ever said the medical sales job search would be easy. But exactly how tough is it? What should candidates expect when they begin the search for medical sales jobs? How long does it take to get a medical sales job? With the unemployment rate at an all-time low and the pool of unemployed (and presumably, eager) applicants shrinking, you might think candidates hold all the power. 
Are the days of scrolling job ads and emailing non-responsive recruiters over?
Can candidates expect to sit back and wait for multiple offers to come in?
Does the job search still require a good deal of hustle?
Over the summer, MedReps asked members exiting the site to tell us about their job search experiences. Of the 300+ responses, 77 reported recently finding a job. The others were unemployed and actively looking, or they were employed (full or part-time) and actively looking or just keeping their options open.
The numbers suggest that while the job search remains challenging, success is within reach. Keep reading to learn more about the group that found jobs and see what they did to make their searches successful. 
  • Found a job

25% of respondents recently found a job.

The average length of their job search was 134 days or 4.5 months. These respondents had an average of 14 phone interviews and went on face-to-face interviews with an average of 11 different companies. One-third received multiple job offers.  

How many jobs should I apply to?  

37 job applications per month

Those who recently found a job applied to 20% more jobs per month than those who remain unemployed and 3x as many jobs as the employed group of job seekers. 

How many of my applications will get a response? 

2 out of 5 job applications get a response

Those who found a job reported the best average response rate (23% of applications received a non-automated response). However, the other groups did not report significantly lower rates of response. The employed group reported 19% and the unemployed 16%. The marginal difference in these response rates suggests employment status does not impact one’s likelihood of receiving a response.

How long does it take to get a response?

14 days to receive a response

The overall average number of days to receive a response after applying was 14. However, those who recently found a job reported a slightly shorter period of 11 days. The group that remained unemployed reported the longest period of 18 days.

What are my odds of being contacted?

73% were contacted through a resume database

An impressive 73% of all respondents had been contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager through a resume database. This suggests that the job market is favoring candidates. Recruiters must be more proactive in their search for talent.

Where should I look for jobs?

While all of the survey respondents used MedReps in their job searches, other popular sites were LinkedIn (78%) and Indeed (58%). 

Who took this survey?

When looking at the different types of respondents, it’s interesting to note that they do not have notably different types or amounts of experience. Their prior incomes are also within a similar range. The main difference between those who found a job and those who did not is the number of jobs they applied to each month. It appears the best thing you can do to increase your chances of job search success is to apply to more jobs.