Sample Sales Resume

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Armando G. approached us in need of creating a professional resume to help him secure a new sales position in the wine and spirits industry. >He wrote: “I currently work as a sales manager for a local alcohol distiller. Even though I love what I do, I need something with a more consistent and substantial income. I would like to get back into straight commissioned sales. My background is both inside and outside sales. I really want to land an outside sales job, but I would like to be able to change the resume to both if needed.”

To see how we transformed his resume, please click the before and after resumes below.

Before Version of Resume Sample Sales Resume
Before After (Our Version)

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Looking to improve your existing sales resume?

Chances are, you are visiting this page because you are looking for a new job (or a promotion) and want some inspiration on improving your resume for sales positions. Here are some simple ways to improve your resume if you are looking for a sales job. If you’d like more personalized advice (absolutely free), we encourage you to request a free resume review and consultation.

  1. A resume written for a specific sales posting will always be more successful than a generic resume.
  2. Your resume should answer the question “Why do I want to hire this person?”
  3. Your resume is a sales document and should show your best attributes while omitting damaging information.
  4. Use a skills section to highlight sales skills and keywords such as inside sales, account management, CRM, etc.
  5. Use sales-centric and industry specific keywords liberally. Mirror the terminology from the job posting.
  6. Use numbers. Numbers are concrete and convey accomplishment. Show growth over time, if possible.
  7. If you’ve had a lot of short term jobs, consider leaving some jobs off to create a more stable impression.
  8. Your resume needs to consist primarily of accomplishments, with enough task information to create context.
  9. Take credit for your role in the accomplishments of subordinate employees and teams.
  10. Use action verbs instead of passive terms such as “responsible for”.
  11. Proofread your resume multiple times. Have a friend or loved one proofread it to. A single typo can get your resume tossed.

If you’d like a complete list of resume tips, please visit our blog posting, “50 Resume Writing Tips“.