Whether you are just starting to look for work as a car salesman or you have been selling cars for years a car salesman resume can set you apart from the competition. Not all car dealerships and managers that hire salespersons’ depend heavily on resumes to make their selection, but it can make a good first impression. Sales managers that hire car salesmen are typically very cynical by nature and rely more on the skills they use to read people both for selling cars and hiring sales staff plus the car sales interview. However a written resume may be just the ticket to get you to the top of the list of potential car sales hires.
Some car dealerships don’t even look at the average applicant's car sales resume they receive because they know that the applicant has prepared the document himself or herself. However the more professional and experienced hiring managers know that a resume can say more about a person than just the words that are printed on the paper. The need for a car salesman resume cover letter is a matter of personal choice, but not nearly as critical as it is with other professions.
Preparing Your Car Salesman Resume
A car salesman resume description includes the name, address, contact information past work experience including the dates and education. Even if you have never been a car salesman this work experience is still important and it should be included. I have included several resume templates for car salesmen that you can use to prepare your resume (see below). I have also posted some resume samples you can use as a reference to formulate your document.
Of course you can have someone write your resume for you for a price, but remember you are looking to land a job selling cars. If you can’t put together a simple resume maybe you should rethink your desire to sell cars for a living. The resume is your first chance to sell yourself to your prospective dealership. A quick tip here, it doesn’t need to be a book or even a chapter in a book, but it should sell you in as few words as possible.
Resume Tips for Becoming a Car Salesperson
When you write your automotive sales resume follow these simple tips that are specific for the automobile industry and the way sales managers or hiring managers read resumes for future car salesmen and car saleswomen.
- Limit your resume to one page.
- Use quality paper for printing your resume.
- It should be easy to read.
- Use bullet points and headers.
- Include all contact information, home phone, cell phone and email.
- Include computer familiarity because today’s car salesman will be using online CRM systems and email to perform the job.
- Don’t use specific dates for work experience and education only years.
- Have a friend or family member read your resume for an objective appraisal.
- Explain any gaps in employment.
- Its OK to omit some work experience when it’s over ten to fifteen years in the past and not critical to the position for which you are applying.
- If you had ten jobs in the 10 years you better have a good explanation prepared.
- Don’t lie and make things up on your resume.
- Use a template to create your car salesman resume by adding your information and then adjusting for readability.
Sections of a the Car Salesman Resume
Objective: This section of the resume is where you tell prospective employers why you are applying to work at their dealership. It should be simple and consist of one or two sentences. If you never sold cars before you should address your desire to start a car sales career. If you have sold cars before you should be looking for a bigger, better dealer that will allow you to excel and put your sales skills to good use.
Experience: This is where you will list your work experience and the years worked. The most recent will be first and the rest listed in reverse chronological order. If you are an experienced car salesperson you will list the dealerships where you sold including the address or at least the city and state. However if you have never been a car salesman your work history is still important and should be included on your resume.
Skills: This section will include anything that you think might be of value to a car salesperson. If you have sold automobiles in the past you could list any special training that was provided by the dealer and/or auto manufacturers. Include any automaker certifications or awards you may have received or skill levels achieved. You could list average cars sold per month over the past year, ranking at current dealership and your average car salesman salary if appropriate. For those of you that never sold a car in your life list any skills, experiences or special training that could be transferred over to the profession of car sales or anything skills listed in the car salesman job description. Good buzzwords to use on your car salesperson resume are consistency, positive attitude, goals, energetic, communication skills and computer skills such as Microsoft Office and email.
Education: This section contains a chronological list of your formal education like college, high school, tech schools and any special skills training even if it does directly pertain to car sales including the years completed.
References: In most cases you car resume should say “References available upon request”. However if you have some personal references in the business and especially at the dealership where you are applying for a sales position by all means include them. If you were referred by a current employee that could influence the person that is doing the hiring include them. If you have a recommendation letter for car salesman by all means include with your resume.
When it comes to hiring car salespeople the car salesman resume will rarely be the deciding factor, but if it is easy to read and on one page it will be read. If it contains pertinent information and it looks like it has been prepared by a potential employee that is willing to go the extra mile it will make you stand out from the crowd. Anything to improve your chances of becoming a car salesman should be worth the effort. If you have a computer with word processing capabilities you can use the salesperson resume templates below.
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