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After Pharmaceutical Courses, Writing a Successful Sales CV

28 AUG 2012
Career Path : Pharmaceutical Quality Control

Writing an entry level CV can be daunting. This is true for anyone, including new graduates of pharmaceutical courses for salespeople. Without any work experience, it can be hard to figure out what to share with prospective employers. Fortunately, there are some time-proven techniques to make this process a little easier.


Start with your education


Since you have very little on-the-job experience, you will need to start your CV with, what is at this point in your career, your most valuable asset, your education. List all the pharmaceutical courses for salespeople that you have taken, along with any other certificates or degrees.


Super extra keener tip: If you have a scientific bent, consider taking some pharmaceutical courses or clinical research training that is of a purely scientific nature. What better way to show prospective employers that you have what it takes to understand their clients? If you can get a few HPLC courses under your belt, you will be certain to earn the respect of the medical professionals that you will need to impress as a salesperson.


Time to take advantage of those extracurriculars


At this stage in your career, so soon after pharmaceutical courses, it is perfectly acceptable to share your volunteer and other extracurricular activities. As you progress in your career, you will find less of a need to include this kind of information.


Keep it short


Don’t have much to say? Then limit yourself to a one-page resume. As you get further away from your pharmaceutical courses, you will have more to add to your CV. Save the two-page resume for later in your career. Who knows, maybe by then you will have gone back to school, maybe even picked up a few HPLC courses or some other kind of clinical research training to complement your sales training.


Use formatting to your best advantage


Studies show that employers can spend as little as 30 seconds reading a CV from a prospective employee. Make it easy for them to quickly grasp your accomplishment. Use white space, headings and bullet points to create text that is easy to scan.



Did you go away for your pharmaceutical courses? It can be wise to put your student address and your home address, with the dates you can be found where.


Learn the keywords for your industry

Some employers don’t even bother to read incoming CVs. Instead, they have a computer program pre-process them and select the best candidates. How can a computer program do this? By looking for pertinent keywords. Make sure that you are describing the sales course or clinical research training that you took in a language that will please your employers, and impress their techno tools.


Build on your CV


When you finally do land your first job after pharmaceutical courses, update your existing CV right away. That way, you will always have an up-to-date CV on hand, to respond to new opportunities as they arise.


Happy job searching!


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