Choose wisely when it comes to applying for jobs in these times.
With dole queues out the door and numbers of unemployment rising, it is understandable that getting back to work is the ultimate goal. But be careful what you send your CV forward for as it may prove fruitless.
Choose wisely and do not be hasty in applying for every “Sales” job you see on the internet if you are in Sales.
As aware as you are of the lack of employment in the country, rest assured that potential employers know this all too well, which makes them even more picky in the CVs that they wish to see.
Tips for applying for jobs:
- Job Title: if the title fits then read on!
- Job Description: Read through the job description, the responsibilites and especially the area/ industry this job is in. e.g. if you have worked in Medical Sales and the job spec is for IT Sales then tread carefully. You may have all the skills for selling Medical products, OTC products or medical devices but no experience in selling Computer Software, JAVA programmes or PCs then this may not be the job for you.
- Qualifications Required: These days employers really like their Sales employees to be relevantly qualified, i.e. Nurses selling Wound Care/ Dressings, Science qualifications for medical device, and Nutritionists/ Dieticians selling Nutritional products. Take special heed to the qualification requirements.
- The Location: This job may be based in Cork and you are based in Dublin. This could be another deciding factor, as confident as you are that you can cover the Southern territory with your home life in Dublin, the higher the chances are of “burn out”.
The fact is that if you are an experienced Medical Sales Rep then you have the advantage of -
- Product Knowledge – no need for month long training sessions!
- Client base – which means you have the existing client relationships and are on a business relationship with key opinion leaders in hospitals, GPs or pharmacies. This, to potential employers, is like gold to them and is an essential part of what they are looking for when taking another Medical Sales Rep on their books.
I know there are bills and mortgages to pay, but best advice? - Stick to what you know and choose wisely.
Play the waiting game as your working experience will stand to you once the right job comes up.
Instead of applying for every Sales job that comes in, choose only ones relevant to your experience.