Specialty Representative Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 3,047 Specialty Representative resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Specialty Representative Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Sales Territory, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Specialty Representative Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Specialty Representative CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand specialty representative skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a specialty representative : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Specialty Representative
Source: Zippia.com
See All Specialty Representative Skills
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Specialty Representatives:

Example # 1

Specialty Representative

The Home Depot
  • Promoted products in the following therapeutic areas: General Practice, Family Practice, Urology, Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, AstraZeneca and Merck.
  • Contacted primary care healthcare professionals about Novartis products.
  • Worked with Key opinion leaders in psychiatry to help win formulary coverage in the state of Wisconsin for 2014.
  • Top 25 Leaderboard for Lotensin in NRx Market Share change of 11.8%.

Example # 2

Specialty Representative

  • Promoted prescription and OTC pharmaceuticals, calling on Orthopedic, Rheumatology, Neurology, Pediatric, Family Practices, and Hospitals.
  • Called on primary care, dermatologists, OBGYN, and pharmacies.
  • Contracted with Schering Plough to promote Prandin, Insulin Pens, Claritin, Nasonex, Diprolene, and Elocon.
  • Employed by Innovex, focusing on the Wyeth contract.
  • Managed 150 core physicians including cardiologists, family practice, internal medicine, and OBGYN.

Example # 3

Pharmaceutical Representative

  • Received Q2 Spirit Award in 2002; Q3 Spirit Award 2002.
  • Executed a call cycle encompassing Primary Care, Rheumatology, and OBGYN physicians.
  • Educated prospective and new customers on the use and clinical knowledge of complex asthma products.
  • Promoted Vesicare and Flomax to Urologists, Internists, and Family Practitioners Launched Vesicare
  • Covered two VA hospitals and one community hospital (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, & Urology).

Example # 4

Specialty Representative

Wyeth Laboratories
  • Ranked as the districts' top tier Wyeth / Innovex sales representative.
  • Influenced physicians and advanced Altace to 6.36% market share in highly competitive market where national averages ran at 4.83%.
  • Top Performer Gastroenterology 2000 Top Performer Cardiology 1999 Top Performer CNS 1998
  • Specialized in Woman's Heath Care, Nutrition, Rheumatology, Cardiovascular, Psychiatry Consistently met sales quota leading to promotions
  • Increased market share for Sonata, Skelaxin, and Altace.

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We compared 3,047 sample specialty representative resumes with job offers and found that the average years of experience required for a specialty representative job required by employers is 2.1 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average specialty representative job listing asks for 2.1 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average specialty representative candidate have?
The average specialty representative resume contains 8.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your specialty representative skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from specialty representative resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a specialty representative, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Specialty Representatives have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to specialty representative positions majored in Business. Some of the other common majors that appear on specialty representative resumes include Marketing, Communication, and Psychology.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained
Updated May 19, 2020