All Blog Posts Tagged 'sales' (190)

Sales Candidates: Don’t bury the BS on your resume…

A Bachelor of Science degree (major in Chemistry, Biology, Molecular, etc.) is not necessary, but it is helpful in medical sales, clinical diagnostics sales, laboratory sales, DNA products sales, sales of medical or surgical supplies, medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, or any healthcare sales. So don’t bury it at the bottom of your resume where I have to search for it. Candidates who don’t have a BS try to hide that fact in various ways, but if you have yours, display it proudly. (But… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on August 25, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

3 Tips Before You Make an Offer

Rule 1: Get excited about your position.

Before you sell a candidate on a position, sell yourself on it. A candidate will never be more enthusiastic about the position than you are. Spend some time finding out what the positives are in the position and the type of candidate that would match best for it.

Rule 2: Make sure you have a good match.

If you're working too hard to close a candidate then take a step back and ask if this is a good match.

If you feel it's not a… Continue

Added by Fred Dimyan on August 19, 2008 at 12:19pm — No Comments

The 30/30/40 rule and why it MATTERS!

The 30/30/40 rule really separates the winners from the losers.

How well someone understands this rule sorts the mediocre recruiter from those at Presidents Club, seperates the wheat from the chaff, and makes or breaks careers in our industry.

The thing is, though, it's so simple - people don't get it.

THE 30/30/40 RULE

30% of the people you meet are going to like you right away, for a reason they can't… Continue

Added by Art Pitcher on August 19, 2008 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Secrets to Getting the Sales Job You Want!

If you are in sales, pursuing a new job is much like pursuing a sales prospect. Your marketing tools have to present you in the most relevant light. This article tells you how to effectively use them.

The compensation plan changed again. The revolving door of company executives spins out of control. You look at the corporate direction and you'd like to give the CEO a compass so he can find his way. Concerned, you've decided that today is the day that you will peek your… Continue

Added by Lee Salz on August 7, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Can You Sell A Pencil?

To be a great salesman you must be able to sell a pencil. That’s right, a pencil. As a matter of fact, this is a common training technique used by many sales managers so let’s just see how you measure up to the pros.

Let’s put this situation into play. You are sitting across from a client (for now, a friend or co-worker). With you is a pen, nothing expensive, nothing fancy, just an ordinary pen. Now, your job is to get the client to buy the pen from you. How do you do it? What do you… Continue

Added by Tanya Willette on August 6, 2008 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Motivate Your Sales Team to Crush the Tomato

Motivation is one of the biggest keys to developing successful teams. Every day strong skilled teams are beaten by lesser skilled ones loaded with heart and desire. But who creates the motivation for that to happen?

One of my favorite hobbies is playing baseball with my kids. I'm very involved with their Little League teams and volunteer to help teach baseball skills to the kids. My 7-year old son, Steven, is playing his first year of coach-pitch baseball. Prior to that,… Continue

Added by Lee Salz on August 6, 2008 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

I need a Sales and Marketing position for this Executive Vice President.

EXECUTIVE-LEVEL MANAGEMENT: Business Development, Sales

Seasoned sales and business leader with more than 18 years of experience contributing to advanced corporate performance and profitability through the delivery of large revenue deals and the establishment of major pipelines. Skillfully identify new business opportunities and cultivate profitable relationships with clients, expanding territories and generating new revenue streams. Reputable for starting up, turning… Continue

Added by Joe Botto on August 4, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

Cafepharma: the good, the bad, and the ugly

A lot of people want to know what I think about CafePharma. Here goes: I think that it’s a great source of relevant headlines for those of us in medical and healthcare sales, pharmaceutical sales, laboratory sales, clinical diagnostics sales, DNA sales, medical supplies sales, medical equipment sales, imaging sales, and pathology sales. However, beware of the chat room. There can be a lot of negative information from people who have their own specific axe to grind. No company is as bad as they… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 30, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Medical Sales - lots of travel, what to do with Fido?

So, the other day I was talking to someone I thought would be a great candidate for laboratory sales–high-energy, great people skills, knowledgeable, everything. She was interested in the opportunity, too. Her only concern: with all the traveling involved, what does she do with her dog? My answer: doggie day care. Many dogs don’t do well when left alone, even with a dog door. Doggie day care facilities dogs them with socialization skills, so they’re a happier dog when you pick them up and you… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Human Capital Strategies- Lead Development

From time to time I have had the opportunity to teach my client the power of ‘fishing’ vs. the one time benefit of handing them ‘fish.’ The power and extensibility of creating a repeatable process has many benefits which include having ownership of a passive pool of candidates, creating a branding strategy to build credibility in high potential candidate eyes and the maximum benefit of identifying true ‘A’ players. Contrasted with hiring one talented employee per requisition, and the benefits… Continue

Added by Ron Mason on July 25, 2008 at 10:12am — No Comments

Quick Tip: Job Interview Thank You Letters

E-mail thank you letters after job interviews in medical sales, healthcare sales, biotech sales, medical equipment sales, DNA products sales, clinical diagnostics sales, laboratory products sales, medical supplies sales, or pharmaceutical sales are perfectly acceptable. But what do you do if you happened to leave without getting an e-mail address?

Google them: * For instance, * would get you mine, and everyone else who works here.

Added by Peggy McKee on July 23, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Job interview tip: Don’t forget the thank you letter

Don’t underestimate how important thank you letters are in the job interview process. Everybody “knows” they’re critical, but unbelievably, not everyone writes them. Thank you letters accomplish several things:

1) They get your name in front of the hiring manager one more time.

2) They are your last chance to package yourself as the best, most qualified person for the job.

3) They are polite, and manners count.

4) They help you land the… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Job Search Tip: Keep a Brag Book

If you’re looking for a job in medical sales, clinical diagnostics sales, laboratory sales, DNA sales, medical supplies or equipment sales, pharmaceutical sales, or biotechnology sales, marketing, or tech support (or you will be soon), it would help you tremendously to have a brag book.

A brag book is a list of your accomplishments (stories for behavioral interviews, right here), new skills and training, stack rankings, performance reviews, e-mails or letters from satisfied… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 18, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Interview Skill: How to Handle the Money Question

Salary negotiations can be the most stressful part of the entire interview process in medical sales, laboratory sales, clinical diagnostics sales, biotech sales, molecular products sales, cellular products sales, medical device sales, pathology sales, imaging sales, or pharmaceutical sales.

The video below is designed to help you navigate your way through.

So: How do you answer questions in the interviewing process that have to do with your… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 15, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Job search tip: Choose your references wisely

Recently, I had a candidate who was going to get an offer–it was all over but the references. And that’s where it all went wrong. We began calling to check (yes, we really do that) and two days later, only one was done. It wasn’t even a matter of them trashing my candidate…they just wouldn’t return our calls.

If your references don’t even think enough of you to call back, it doesn’t reflect well on you. It cost my candidate a job.

Choose your references wisely. The best… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 14, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Job interview advice from across the pond

Hey, look! I’m being watched in Ireland! (My videos, anyway.)

Paul Mullen, a career coach in Ireland, has highlighted my online videos as offering excellent advice (I have to agree…). Turns out, Paul offers some excellent advice, himself. His Measureability website offers psychometric testing (ability and personality assessments) and career coaching. It includes a career blog, with a post I like on Reasons for Interview Failure. He also has a Careers and Jobs blog focused on jobs in… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 9, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Salesmanship and Empathy

One of the simplest ways to increase your productivity as a salesperson is to tune into your buyer's point of view. When you are in tune with your buyer you have empathy. This means that you can identify with and understand their situation, feelings, and motives.

When you are in tune with your buyer everything you say or do seems to be right on the mark. The buyer gets the feeling that you really understand them and the road to a successful sale lights up like an airport runway. The… Continue

Added by Jeff Blackwell on July 9, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Job Search Tip: Too Much Information on your Social Networks

I get a lot of great comments from my readers, which I love. One of these was a response to MySpace Killed the Candidate…critical job interview tip, in which I told the cautionary tale of one of my candidates leaving too much information on her MySpace page and losing a job opportunity: avoid such issues by ”setting your social networks to private.” I agree that it is best to set your social network sites to private, and be careful who you accept as a friend.

Still, there are things… Continue

Added by Peggy McKee on July 7, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Job boards... referrals... splits....

I am looking for candidates in the Northeast.... Baltimore, Philly and looking for Arkansas. Need to have 3-5 years surgical sales experience, clean resume, top 10%, and a desire to have an aggressive quota!! Hungry!! Must have strong surgical contacts in territory. If you know of any job boards geared towards the health care industry/ surgical sales or recruiters that work in this field, please contact me!!
Have a fantastic day!! ~ Amy

Added by Amy on July 1, 2008 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

Recruiting and Sales

Long have I contended that they were separated at birth. Salespeople and recruiters need to build and maintain pipelines (deals/candidates), networks (no difference) and track close ratios.

"Sell" done well, is NOT a four-letter word. So why then have all the recruiters with whom I've broached that conversation so opposed and seem to distance themselves from sales?

Can't we all just get along?

Added by Mike Maisel on June 27, 2008 at 10:33pm — 7 Comments

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