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Resume Tip Tuesday: Crucial Tips for Sales Professionals

Posted January 21, 2014

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Resume Tip Tuesday

This week’s Resume Tip goes out to all of you sales professionals! Sales resumes require three essential unique ingredients that differ than the average resume.

Hiring managers and recruiters look for these three things first! So, make sure you place all three of these major points in prime resume real estate (aka in the first two-thirds of your resume).

You have scant seconds to explain the following three major points:

What Do You Sell?

A lot of times, candidates include tons of great percentages, numbers and awards…but fail to highlight exactly what it is that you sell. If your company is lesser known, it will help to briefly describe your company’s product or service in a few words.

Who You Sold it To?                   

Another Pro Tip: Make sure you include recognized company names—whether you worked for one or sold to one. Often times, hiring managers use Fortune 500 company names as keywords to search resumes because they’re looking for talented sales folks who have worked with those companies before. In fact, prestigious company names are often more important than your job title, no matter how fancy it may be.

How Much Did You Sell?

We’ve mentioned it before—managers love to see numbers! Make sure you quantify exactly how much you sold in the past. The best way to highlight your achievements is numerically and by percentage.

E.g. Increased revenue by 25% in just 5 months. It's quick, easy-to-scan and paints a full picture of your achievements!

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Ritika Trikha

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