2 years ago
April 12, 2022

3 Sales Skills You Should Acquire to Improve Your Resume

Having an impressive resume is essential if you want to catch the eye of hiring managers and recruiters in the sales industry. Desirable jobs are highly competitive, and you will…

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

Having an impressive resume is essential if you want to catch the eye of hiring managers and recruiters in the sales industry. Desirable jobs are highly competitive, and you will face strong competition. While there are some sales skills that are universal and required for all jobs, there are other skills that you can acquire that can help you differentiate yourself from others in the industry.

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With the sales industry focusing a lot on skills-based hiring when comparing candidates, it’s important for you to have some of the following skills on your resume:


1. Software skills

A sales rep’s ability to use tools like Salesforce.com and other CRM tools is an asset. Most sales companies use some form of software application to track the sales process. There is a wide variety of software applications that are used as part of the sales process. Some organizations use multiple applications in coordination with each other. Having knowledge of the most widely used software and an understanding of how these tools work tells a hiring manager that you have awareness of industry trends and the ability to integrate quickly to the team.

2. Internet skills

Having an excellent understanding of how to best leverage the internet to aid in selling is essential today. There is an increasing need to sell online and leverage online platforms and social media to support the sales process. Strong interview skills make it easier for you to research companies and prospects, communicate with customers, and provide more support and customer service.

3. Business acumen

Sales is one of many facets that make up a successful business. A candidate with strong business acumen is appealing to hiring managers. When you can not only sell well but understand the sales function and your specific role within the greater context of the business, you can take things to another level. Hiring managers could also see you as a potential candidate for a promotion or more strategic role because of your big-picture thinking abilities.

Working in sales is not just about having sales skills. Candidates with a well-rounded skill set who can bring more to the table will be more attractive to sales recruiters and hiring managers. You can never have too many skills on your resume. Keep adding to your repertoire.

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Claire McConnachie Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.