Sample Career Transition - Sales Resume

Andrew Smith

450 Hampton Dr., Tampa, FL, 32303
Phone: 850-555-9867 Email:


To use my background in Biology and education to transition from teaching Biology to informing doctors of innovative, new drugs as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in the state of Florida.

Qualifications Summary

I’ve attained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, have taught high school Biology and Chemistry, and have had extensive experience in telemarketing during my undergraduate career. With these combined skills, I sought after and completed my (CNPR) Certified National Pharmaceutical Representative and am pursuing an entry level position as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.



Blake High School
Biology and Chemistry Teacher



University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Bachelor’s of Science, Biology, 2010
Achievements: Member of the Honors program, completed and honors thesis study


2014 Certified National Pharmaceutical Representative
2010 Florida Teacher Certification


Sample Career Transition - Sales Resume

This is an example of a transitional resume from teaching to sales, specifically from teaching biology to selling pharmaceutical drugs.

Tips for writing a career transition to sales:

For all resumes, you will want to begin with your name and contact information and keep the resume format simple, clean, and organized by remaining consistent with the formatting you choose.

In career transition resumes, it is important to include a section called “qualifications summary” so that you can list skills, experience, or qualifications that make you qualified for the job you are transition to. Here is where you will bridge the gap and include how your unique background experience has prepared you for the position.

Include an objective statement up at the top and be specific about your exact goals and list out what you want to do as it pertains to the job description. Include your education and be sure to list the experience that is relevant to the resume (your bullets should begin with the most relevant experience. Include any skills that make you stand out from the rest of the applicants and that are relevant to the job you want to transition to. Stick with these tips and you will have a great resume!

This sample resume is part of the Resume Writing Center.