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Best Resume Format for Sales Positions

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Writing a resume can be a daunting task. Boiling down your professional experience into one page is challenging, as well as representing all the different skills you’ve learned from just one position. At Betts Recruiting we work with a lot of job seekers looking for sales positions on how to best present themselves in their search. Below, we’ve developed a template and written out some tips for the best resume format when you’re in the job search for a sales position.


Tips for the best resume format

1. Pick a legible font

Getting too creative with your resume can affect how much of it a hiring manager will read. There’s no need to be fancy. Keep things straightforward. All a hiring manager wants your resume to do is convey the necessary information about your credentials quickly and clearly, and unconventional font types or layouts distract from that goal. Personality is, of course, important, but the place for it is your cover letter or interview.

TL;DR: No Comic Sans!

2. Keep your contact information up-to-date

Don’t forget to update job titles, as well as contact information like phone numbers, email addresses, etc. The last thing you want is for a hiring manager to be impressed with your qualifications but have a hard time getting in touch with you. The only worse thing could be a hiring manager disregarding your resume, thinking you live across the country, because you forgot to update your resume after you moved.

3. Don’t shy away from italics and bold

Use these easy methods to keep your resume organized. Italics and bold text make it much easier to differentiate sections, and subsections, of your resume. Just make sure that you use them in a systematized way – for example: bold caps for sections (Experience, Education, etc.), bold for entries (Job 1, Job 2, etc.), italic for time periods (June 2013 – August 2015, August 2016 – present, etc.)

4. Aim for brevity 

Hiring managers have to read tons of resumes, so keep yours to one page – or, if necessary, just a bit more – to ensure it gets read. Your volunteer gig at a daycare center between high school and college probably isn’t relevant to the sales role you’re applying to – best to leave it out. And that section at the bottom where you list your hobbies? That’s what we call a nice to have, not a need to have.

5. Don’t leave unnecessary white space

Utilize the entire page. There are always ways to mess with line spacing and borders to make your resume look full. But that, of course, should be a last resort. The best approach is to actually offer enough content to fill out a complete resume. Conspicuous white space tells the reader that you simply don’t have much to say. For recent college grads without much work experience, internships and volunteer experience are absolutely valid ways to fill out your resume.

6. Focus your information

Don’t use the same resume for sales and marketing. Take out any unnecessary information that doesn’t affect the position you are applying for. The more focused your resume is, the more hiring managers will see you as someone truly devoted to a specific skillset and line of work. Besides, if your resume doesn’t speak specifically enough to a certain role, someone else’s will.

7. Check for visual or spatial errors

Line up your bullet points and make sure your dashes are the same length to avoid any sloppy errors. While trying to convey personality through unconventional fonts may be a no-no, as we discussed earlier, it is in fact important for your resume to deliver a positive visual experience – it should be organized and consistently formatted.

8. Spell check your resume 

Spelling mistakes are immediate indicators to hiring managers of a lack of attention to detail. And with built-in, automatic spell check in just about every word processor available today, it’s never been easier to make sure you deliver an error-free doc. No excuses!

9. PDF it

Don’t send your resume in an editable form as this can mess up spacing or text in the transfer. The last thing you want is to toil away at building a perfect, beautiful resume, just to have the hiring manager open it and see chaos on the page.

Having a solid resume is still a crucial part of the job search. Follow these tips and make sure your resume is solid.