One of the most perplexing mysteries for any individual wanting to enter the lucrative world of medical sales, is â€œhow can I ever get a medical sales job when I have no experience in medical salesâ€?
During my many years as a medical sales recruiter, and in my current role as Founder/CEO of GorillaMed.com, a leading job board for medical sales opportunities, I have been asked this question more than any question I can recall. While there is no sure-fire method of preparing to secure a job in medical device sales or pharmaceutical sales, there is a very popular entry method which has proved successful for thousands of individuals over the years.
First, you will need a minimum of two years of outside sales experience, selling a tangible product or service, in which your success is measured by your performance versus your sales quota. In other words, how effective were you in achieving sales success versus the sales success expected by your employer?
The types of products/services which medical companies covet in their potential sales candidates are such tangible items as office equipment, copiers, and office supplies. Such companies as Xerox, Canon, Toshiba, IKON, Pitney Bowes, Wallace, etc., are examples of the type of sales background which medical companies find attractive.
In addition, such industries as credit-card processing and consumer products are also in demand as target backgrounds for medical companies. Companies such as Cintas, Paychex, Coke, Pepsi, Gallo Wine, Hersheys, etc. are also a great background for making the transition into medical sales.
However, to really increase your odds of being able to land a job in medical sales, you must have a history of documented success in exceeding your sales quota and performing in the top 20% of your respective sales force within your company. Medical companies want only the very best non-medical sales representatives, and your sales history in your current occupation will be critical to landing a medical sales job.
So, if you are serious about entering the world of medical sales, I suggest you consider making a two-year investment in your career by selling one of the product-types listed above. Consider this an â€œapprenticeshipâ€ towards achieving your ultimate goal of becoming a medical sales representative.