Functional Resume Example: Medical / Pharmaceutical Sales

About This Sample Resume for Medical / Pharmaceutical Sales:

This resume example for medical/pharmaceutical sales is loaded with the kind of energy needed to open doors and close sales. It was written in the mid-90s when functional resumes were welcomed by employers. However, employers no longer like the functional resume format. If I were to write this resume for today's job market, I would create it in the combination format. (See Chronological Resume Example: Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales.)

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Here are a few things to note about this functional resume example:

  • M.D. is after her name in the resume Heading. This tells the employer that Sarah (not her real name) will be able to connect with her customers in the medical field.
  • Short-term jobs are left off the resume. Sarah moved quickly through several jobs when she lived in Spain. Truth is, she was trying to get a foothold in her new career as a doctor, which didn't work out. She chose two of her best short-term jobs and put them together under one date range (2000-02), and then left the other temp jobs off her resume.
  • A 7-month gap in employment occurred when she moved from Spain to the U.S. By listing years — without months — under Work History, the gap is covered up.
  • Her high-level degree and training is downplayed slightly by placing the Education & Training section at the end of the resume. She wants it on her resume but doesn't want it to over-power her sales image.

This resume was created using a resume template from my Ready-Made Resume Builder.

Sample Resume for someone seeking a job in Medical / Pharmaceutical Sales

This resume was written or critiqued by a member of Susan Ireland's Resume Team. Get more useful resume writing tips at 10 Steps: How to Write a Resume.

Here's the Plain Text version, which is sometimes useful for posting online.

SARAH H. BAKER, M.D.
123 Francisco Street #12
Berkeley, CA 12345
123-555-1234
[email protected]

OBJECTIVE: A position in Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales

PROFILE

- Energetic sales professional with a knack for matching customers with optimal products and services to meet their specific needs. Consistently received excellent feedback from customers.

- More than two years as a medical doctor in hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and Europe.

- Lived and traveled abroad, developing a keen sensitivity to people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Fluent in Spanish and Italian; presently studying French.

- Computer skills include MS Word, Excel and Internet applications.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Sales & Customer Relations

At Marshall's:
- Generated the highest sales volume in department within the first two months of hire, resulting in an unprecedented salary promotion.

- Transferred to highest paid commission area in the store after only four months.

- Cultivated excellent relations with customers and significant repeat business.

- Consistently maintained professional demeanor, treating customers and co-workers with friendliness, patience and respect. Particularly known for success with "challenging" customers.

Medical Expertise

- Collaborated with research team at Evanston Hospital in the study of Pre-Arrest Scoring & Outcome of CPR Cardiac Markers in Rapid Evaluation of Acute Myocardial Infarction.

- As the only physician at Madrid Hospital clinic, provided emergency medical care to onsite and homebound patients, including stroke and cardiac cases.

- Treated immigrants from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe with medical and social needs at Plaza Del Toros Medical Center.

WORK HISTORY

2004-pres.
Retail Sales Associate, MARSHALL'S, San Jose, CA

2003-04
Cardiovascular Research, EVANSTON HOSPITAL, Evanston, IL

2000-02
Emergency Physician, MADRID HOSPITAL, Madrid, Spain
General Practitioner, PLAZA DEL TOROS MEDICAL CENTER, Madrid, Spain

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Doctor of Medicine, Graduate with High Honors, 2000, University of Madrid, Spain
CPR and EKG Training for ER, 1999-00
Emergency Room Externship, University of Madrid Medical Center, 1998-99

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