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How can you get a pharmaceutical sales job with no experience in sales?

I have a MBA and a chemical engineering degree. Have always worked in manufacturing (12 yrs), but I want to move into a pharmaceutical sales position. I have applied for several openings but no responses. Any suggestions?

Asked By: mallstra - 10/24/2006
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Some companies will hire people without experience in sales. It also depends on the manager and timing. The company I work for will do exactly that, though some managers prefer certain backgrounds. I think the 12 years of experience will void out your lack of sales experience. You'll just have to transfer some of... More
Answered By: nickjones65 - 10/25/2006
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Pharm sales is all about looks... More
Answered By: pb_pony - 10/24/2006
 
You can't. They want 2 solid years of sales experience. That means you should go work for one company for two years and do really well. They will hold it against you if you job hop during those 2 years so stick it out. Justin James http:www.globalstaffing.org
Answered By: Justin J - 10/24/2006
 
Become a pharmacy technician. It takes 8-10 months and when you're out, get the experience in hospital and start asking pharmacists about how to have a better chance of launching such a career. You already have an MBA and now you need experience.
Answered By: Daniella - 10/24/2006
 
If you got the personality you have to start somewhere... More
Answered By: mcdannells - 10/24/2006
 
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