Medical Device Sales Position – Must have experience selling capital equipment into medical environment…Read the job description.
Yes, some job skills (like sales skills) are transferable. Yes, I have had client companies hire candidates as medical sales reps, laboratory sales reps, clinical diagnostics sales reps, hospital equipment sales reps, imaging sales reps, medical device sales reps, surgical supply sales reps, biotechnology sales reps, or pharmaceutical sales reps without previous medical sales experience……although it’s not common. The catch is that these candidates always have extensive sales experience or a super difficult area of expertise. The vast majority of candidates I place in medical sales jobs also have science degrees (like molecular, biology, or chemistry).
But it doesn’t matter how transferable your sales skills are or how much of a superstar you were in other companies if my clients want specific, deal-breaking qualifications in their potential employees. Read the job description to save yourself some time and trouble. If it says you have to have a Life Science degree or specific medical sales experience, then your Business Management degree and IT experience won’t get you a call from us. You can still apply – but don’t get your feelings hurt if we don’t call you about this particular job.
Also, I know that some companies state NO Pharmaceutical Reps on their jobs. You can still apply if you want to (what are they going to do – not hire you, again?), but focus on recruiters or hiring managers who are open-minded to your background.
More importantly, focus on opportunities where you have a coach in the system: a recruiter, someone who works there and knows you, or one of your references who’s close to the hiring manager, etc…..
Written by Peggy McKee - the medical sales recruiter
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