Sales Resume Example

Follow our foolproof guide for writing an amazing sales resume that will get you more interviews and job offers. Reach out to have your sales resume written for us for free.

Written by Marc Cenedella
Leading expert on resumes

Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is a nationally recognized thought leader on careers, resume writing, job search, career management and recruiting, Marc is frequently sought out by national media organizations for his expert commentary on employment, resumes, the job search and the job market.

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Last updated on March 14, 2022
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How to write an amazing sales resume

You’ve never met a product you couldn’t sell.

You could sell winter parkas in Miami Beach, you know how to build partnerships with potential clients, and you can always get that contract to the finish line.

But, when it comes to figuring out how to build your resume, you’ve gotten stuck.

You’re a sales pro. It’s time to start thinking about your resume as a sales sheet for your candidacy.

You gotta learn how to sell yourself!

Take a look at this sales resume template we’ve created. This is a great example of how you can organize your sales experience into a compelling sales resume that will get you interviews and job offers.

Want to learn how to write an ironclad, amazing sales resume?

Follow along with our easy sales resume creation guide! When you’re done, you’ll be landing interview after interview.

How to write the perfect sales resume

Here’s how to frame a job hunt: the hiring manager is a client. You’re the product!

Your resume is the one-sheeter you’ll present that shows off all your amazing skills and sales experience. It’s the sales sheet that gets you that job interview.

With so many candidates sending in sales resumes for any sales opening – there are nearly 120 resumes sent for every job posted online – you need to make sure that your resume doesn’t end up sitting in that spam folder.

So how do you keep your resume from being sent to spam?

You could have us write it for you for free.

That’s right. Free.

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How to format your sales resume the Leet way

You want to take matters into your own hands. I respect that.

You’re a go-getter, and it’s time to go get that new resume.

I’m here to help you.

I’m going to share with you the ironclad format for a sales resume. This format will get you more interviews and more job offers.

Here it is:

  • Name + Contact
  • Professional Headline
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Keywords

I’ll walk you through each of these categories in a minute. I promise.

But first, here are some pitfalls you need to avoid.

Don’t add fun design elements.

Resumes are fed into a software that parses out your contact and experience. Adding things like columns, textboxes, images, and extra colors will mess this up.

You’ll end up with your name in your experience. Or your LinkedIn profile will be your current employer.

That will frustrate a recruiter. A frustrated recruiter isn’t likely to give you an interview.

Get the recruiter on your side. Make it easy. No funny formatting.

Name + Contact

You gotta let the recruiter know who you are and how to get a hold of you.

Right at the top, in a clear font, put your name.

Below it, you’ll want your phone and email address.

Keep your email address professional. Every bit of your resume is sales collateral, and your email is no different. By keeping it simple (firstname_lastname), you help the recruiter keep track of who you are as well.

Unprofessional emails can condemn your resume to the trash. I’m not kidding! 70% of hiring managers and recruiters said they’d throw out a resume for an unprofessional email.

Do yourself a favor. Keep it professional.

Since you’re in sales, you’re very likely on LinkedIn. Add your LinkedIn profile next – and remember to check your LI frequently. Recruiters will likely contact you there.

Professional Headline

Do you have business cards?

On a business card, directly under your name, there’s a line for what you do.

Your professional headline functions the same way. 3-5 words that tell a recruiter what you do.

You’ll want to highlight skills, style of work, and seniority if possible.

Take a look at this sales resume headline: Determined Sales Manager

Look at that! The recruiter already has a great idea of your seniority (manager) and your work ethic (determined).

Professional Summary

Still with me?

Time for the next element of your ironclad sales resume.

Using 2-4 lines, give the recruiter a brief elevator pitch about who you are, what jobs you’re seeking, what skills you bring to the table, and what successes you’ve achieved.

Here’s the format:

  • Line one: Job title you’re seeking
  • Line two: sales rep skills you have
  • Line three: sales achievements (optional)
  • Line four: sales awards and promotions (optional)

Lines one and two are essential. This tells the recruiter if they’re considering you for the right job, and if you have the sales chops to do the job well.

Lines three and four are dependent upon your experience. Luckily, since sales is focused on hitting targets, you should be able to fill out these lines with your previous sales experience (as long as you hit or exceed your quotas).

Nervous about writing your sales resume by yourself?

Get Leet Resumes to write it for free. We’re happy to build you out a great sales resume that will help you land more job interviews.

Sales Work Experience

You’ve set the bait with your professional headline. You got ‘em hooked with your summary.

Now it’s time to reel them in with your sales experience.

Going in reverse chronological order, you’ll need to list each professional position you’ve held. Under each position, you’ll bullet out your job experience.

What should these bullets focus on? Successes, accomplishments, and achievements.

Here’s where you have to work on selling yourself. Remember, you’re the product! It’s time to boast about all the amazing work you’ve done.

Here are some tips on how to boast effectively.

Pick strong verbs

Start each bullet on your sales experience with a strong verb. Sold, landed, contracted, achieved.

This will help the sales hiring manager see that you’re a proactive, focused sales professional – not someone who just does what they’re told.

Quantify your sales successes

This is easy for sales professionals. Specify the units sold. Highlight how many clients you signed. Call out the % of your target you achieved (as long as it is 100% or higher).

This will help recruiters understand how effective of a sales professional you are. It will make them want to hire you.

Point out your promotions

If you’ve ever been promoted, put it on your resume.

This is especially important if you’ve been at a company for a significant amount of time – it builds a story of what you’ve been doing and how you’ve been growing at a company.

Sales recruiters know each candidate is a gamble. They want a safe bet. Seeing that you’ve been promoted on your sales resume gets them excited – it shows that you’re an excellent sales worker.

You must include dates

If you list a job experience, you need to include a date. Recruiters want to build up that mental story of your career path, and including dates helps them understand your experience.

Don’t sweat having gaps on your resume. Recruiters are understanding, and will always give you the opportunity to explain why you have any gaps.

Honestly, with today’s economy being so hot, they might not even ask at all.

Sales Education

Two more categories, and then you’re done!

This 2nd to last category is easy. It’s your education. All you need to do is list any degrees or sales certificates you’ve received – along with the organization where you completed them.

You can list your GPA if it’s relatively high (3.5 or above), but it’s not necessary. Great jobs are won based on your experience and skills – not your GPA.

Sales keywords

Here’s the last category!

Your sales keywords section of your resume is where you put all of your sales skills (hard and soft skills) and any sales awards you’ve received.

The skills section is important because recruiters are often given a list of “must-have skills.” They’ll want to see that you have the skills for the job.

Here are some sales skills you might include:

  • Salesforce
  • Prospecting
  • Communication
  • Relationship-building

You’ll also want to include any awards you’ve received for your sales work. Were you the top sales rep at your company last year? Definitely include that!

Even if you were in the top 10% of sales reps, you’ll want to put that on your sales resume as well.

You did it!

Oh my gosh! We’re at the end. You did it! You built out an ironclad sales resume that will help you get more job interviews, and ultimately more job offers.

Now go send that sales resume out!

Can I get someone to write my sales resume for me?

Overwhelmed by all this sales resume advice? Do you need someone to help you out? Try Leet Resumes. We will write you a personalized sales resume for free (tips are appreciated).

You have nothing to lose and a whole career to gain.


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