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5 Steps To Find A Job As A Science Sales Consultant or Technical Specialist

October 5, 2012

For all the scientists out there, thank you for doing everything that you do to make our planet healthier and happier. This post shares a piece of my experience while leaving a PhD program at UIC. If it makes you happier to go from jeans and a shirt to business casual, the step-by-step process of leaving the bench and landing a job as a sales consultant or technical specialist is here:

1) Sign up with LinkedIn and Ed’s Job List, keep your profile updated.

-These are great locations to find job opportunities and network

2) Meet sales reps. Ask them as many questions as you can think of. Sales people love to talk.

-Find out what their job is like.

-Investigate if you want to work for a smaller, private company? A start-up company? Or a publicly traded corporation? Also, what products do you want to sell.

3) Collect business cards from sales reps and save them.

-Find the reps on LinkedIn.

-Take notes of the person on the back of the business card. This way when you see them again, you can remember some fact about them, and they’ll be more impressed with you.

4) Ask if you can do some ordering for your lab

-This will introduce you to a lot of sales reps.

-Will also introduce you to more products, the competitors, and the entire ordering process.

5) Become familiar with companies and products you wish to work for/with or sell:

-Learn companies (websites, product line, etc.) Learn the products you use. Which ones you like and who you buy them from. Why do you like certain brands over the competition?


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marlaina permalink
    April 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    How can I sign up for Eds list if I do not know anyone? I could not enter this site? Thanks

    • April 22, 2013 10:45 AM

      You can. Try again. Click the link and scroll down to the yellow button “Join Ed’s Job List.” Fill out the info and tell them Tom Ruginis sent you. Let me know if that works.

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