How to Write a Standout CV for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Sales Jobs

Recruiters spend all their time searching for the right candidate. Depending on the time of year and the demand of the market, a single recruiter could be recruiting up to 30  jobs (or more) at one time. Not only is that a lot of jobs, but think of the sheer volume of CV’s that comes through their servers!

Before you get intimidated and decide to change careers though, read the rest of this blog to understand a great way to organize your CV that makes recruiters want to call you.

Presentation of your CV

One of the main things to keep in mind for a standout CV is that it should be clearly laid out. If recruiters are scanning your CV for just a few seconds you don’t want them to be distracted by the fact that they can’t find your current job or employer.

As the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry is more traditional (in interview style, job attire etc), your CV should match that. Keep to regular CV standards such as “Calibri” font, no graphics, no photographs and definitely no emoji’s. These may be the new standard for other industries, but for this industry it can be seen as unprofessional.

Also take into account that graphics and photographs may not be compatible with the software that recruiters and healthcare companies use. This may cause problems and frustration on their end and you may not be uploaded or coded to their database correctly.

The general rule of thumb for CV length is 2-3 pages for junior candidates and 4-5 pages for senior candidates.

Layout for your CV

Crafting your CV can be a frustrating and painstaking process – trying to figure out the best words, making sure you’ve highlighted the right experience and tailoring it to every job. However, CV’s can be a great exercise in getting a clear understanding on your achievements and career goals which can then prepare you for the interview process.

A great CV has the below sections, shows tangible accomplishments and tells the reader why YOU specifically are the right person for the job.

The first thing on your CV should be your contact and personal details such as your name, phone number, and email.

The next thing on your CV should be your Career Objective. This is where you “sell” yourself in two sentences. Make sure to include your background, experiences, skills and future goals. It’s a very short amount of space so make it clear and make every word count. Don’t forget to tailor this section to every job you apply to.

Ex: A motivated graduate of Biomedical Sciences with 2 years’ experience selling ___ pharmaceutical product and increasing the territory goals by x%.

The next section should be your Qualifications. As many Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Sales require a degree, this is where you state your education and the year you finished.

After your qualifications, add your Employment History. Write your latest job first and include your position, the company and the month and year of when you started and ended the position. For each position, add your relevant responsibilities and achievements. You don’t need to list a complete job description with 25 bullet points, just highlight the top 4-5 key responsibilities in your role. Most importantly though, make sure you list a couple of achievements that show how you performed beyond just the minimum expectation. Make sure you provide concrete results such as numbers, percentages, change over time etc.

You may also add an Other Achievements section to provide any exceptional achievements outside of work such as community  or sporting awards. Here you can show you are a high achiever and go above and beyond what is expected of you.

Your last section in your CV should state References, however you do not need to provide names or numbers here. You can state “industry referees are available on request”. Once there is a mutual interest and the company wants to go ahead with your application, you can always choose the two referees who would be best suited for the particular job.

Thoughts on Professional CV Writers

We do not recommend getting a professional CV writer because not only will you spend a significant amount of money, but it’ll show through during your interview. You may not be as familiar with your CV as you would be if you wrote it yourself. If you’re still unsure how to craft your CV, career coaches can sometimes be beneficial and that way it will still be your own work. Industry specific recruiters are also helpful in reviewing your CV and recommending improvements.


Your CV is your first impression to whatever job you are applying for, however it doesn’t get you the job, it gets you an interview – so remember to give enough information to entice someone to want to meet you! Being clear on your previous achievements and your future career objectives are the start to crafting a great CV. Follow the above layout to create an easy to read CV and don’t forget to add tangible results to show your value as a future team member!

About the Author:EvansPetersen Healthcare Team

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