If you work in sales or you’re looking to transition into a sales role, the first and most important things you can do to prepare for your job search is to update your CV. One common mistake that people make during this process is taking a one size fits all approach to their CV design and the information they choose to include.
Don’t forget – you only get one chance to create a first impression! Especially when recruiters and hiring managers spend on average 6 seconds reading your CV before they move on to the next. Make it count and ensure you sell yourself in those vital seconds to your potential new employer.
Want to know how to write the perfect resume in 5 Simple Steps? Read on for my top sales resume tips!
Step 1: Keep the same font throughout, multiple fonts may look creative and fancy but distracts the reader from getting to the key information they need to get you to the next stage of the hiring process. Step 2: This sounds simple but its one of the biggest mistakes we see made every day… CHECK YOUR SPELLING! It only takes a few minutes to run a spell check and is extremely important when writing a CV. You only get one chance to present yourself on paper and spelling errors are an easy way for a hiring manager to discount you as a potential candidate when there are 5 other CV’s sitting on the desk in front of them.
Step 3: Keep the design and structure of the CV simple. You are applying for a sales job not a graphic designer position!
Step 4: Make sure you have short summary about yourself and your achievements at the top of the CV. Focus on what you think they might be looking for in a potential candidate and really sell yourself to the hiring manager. It’s a great way for you to convey your personality, what motivates and drives you, even what type of career you are looking for.
Step 5: Check your timeline (month and years started and left). Why is this so important? If you put down you worked from 2016 – 2017 for No.1 company and then 2017 – 2018 for company No.2, the hiring manager has no idea how long you spent in each of those roles. Ensure you clearly articulate the time spent in each role and account for any gaps taken for study/travel. You don’t want to give them a reason to move on to the next CV!