Top 7 Mistakes Pharmaceutical Sales People Make When Writing a Resume

The most important first step in preparing for a new job in the pharmaceutical industry is to get your resume written or updated. There are numerous articles and resume templates that walk you through what career information should be on your resume, but job seekers should be very careful about what goes on your resume. While the right things help lift you up, the wrong things can sink you to the bottom of the resume pile.

1. Including personal information

Never include personal information such as marital status, number of kids and your age on your resume. That kind of information doesn’t belong there. There are reasons hiring managers and human resource people do not ask personal questions during an interview, they do not want to discriminate, accidentally or on purpose. Hiring managers tend to make preconceived notions about candidates that may not be in your favor. For example, if you are applying for a pharmaceutical sales position with a large territory and your resume says you are married with 4 children, the manager may make the assumption you have no time to manage a large region. Leave off the personal information and leave no room for discrimination and assumptions about your ability to get the job done.

2. Working two full time jobs at the same time

If you have dates of employment on your resume that show you are, or were, working two jobs at the same time, this is a big mistake. The only acceptable reason would be that you were working two part time jobs and if that’s the case make sure it’s clear on your resume. Managers want employees to focus on the job they were hired to do and be fully committed. If you are working two positions at once, the hiring manager may think you have a lack of commitment.

3. Long resumes

Recruiters, human resources and hiring managers can receive a hundred or more resumes for a position. If your resume is not short and to the point, it may not be read. People should be able to glance at your resume and quickly notice your accomplishments and want to learn more about you. Use bullet points, short sentences and organize by date to keep it simple and easy to understand.

4. Using a less than 4.0 GPA

Many people are very proud of their 3.0 GPA average or are just happy they graduated college, and you should be. However, you never know the thought process of the hiring manager. They may have the opinion that only a 3.5 or above is acceptable. So unless you have the perfect GPA of 4.0 never put it on your resume.

5. Employment gaps

Nothing leaves room for the imagination of an employer more than leaving gaps on your resume. If for any reason you were unemployed for a significant time (6 months or higher) you need to address it. If you don’t the hiring manager can make assumptions that are not flattering, like you just quit your job for no good reason. For example, if you were downsized put the date you left and a few bullets on what you have been doing since. If possible to try to fill in gaps with consulting. You should appear like you want to get back to work.

6. Ignoring dates of employment

Employers want to see a clear, concise, consistent employment record. This starts from your first job out of college. They also want to see longevity at your positions. No employer wants to hire someone who bounces from job to job, they will be worried you will do the same thing to them. If there are no dates of employment employers may make the assumption you are job hopper.

7. Using your job descriptions on your resume

Do not use a standard job descriptions to define your occupation. Make the position personal to you and show how you are different in the role. Set yourself apart by using bullet points of accomplishments, awards or successful milestones.

Take the first step in landing your dream job and write a resume that gets you noticed!

Source by Lisa M Manley