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