Direct Sales Representative Resume Examples & Templates

Kellie Hanna, CPRW
By Kellie Hanna, CPRW, Career Advice Expert Last Updated: August 24, 2022
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Finding a new job can be an overwhelming task, but with a well-crafted resume, you can set yourself up to get the direct sales representative job you want. Think of your resume as a way to showcase your salesmanship and promote yourself by calling out your strongest skills and professional achievements as they relate to the position. Take note: A direct sales representative resume should emphasize your ability to relate to others. Focus on your sales talents that may include presentation skills, public speaking experience, networking, ability to negotiate, knack for organization, and customer service. Highlight this information in bulleted points on the resume so the employer will see it all at a glance. Read through our direct sales representative resume templates and use them as a model to help write your own.

Direct Sales Representative Functional Resume Format

Direct Sales Representative Resume Questions

1. What does a good direct sales representative resume look like?

It turns out that there is actually a standard resume format that most employers expect you to follow. Not only is this structure expected, but it helps your resume be as strong as possible. You can see it in action on our direct sales representative resume sample.

Begin your resume with a summary statement that includes information from throughout the rest of the document. Next should be your qualifications section, which describes your relevant skills. The experience section is next, and finally, your education section.

2. How do you list certifications on your direct sales representative resume?

There are two different strategies to include your certification information on your resume. As you can see above, there is not a certification section, so you may wonder where you should include this information.

The first strategy is to include it in the qualifications section. You can mention your certifications seamlessly among your skills and qualifications. The other strategy is simply to create an original certification section. Because it is not part of the standard resume format, there are no universal guidelines you must follow.

3. How do you optimize your direct sales representative resume for an ATS?

Many hiring managers employ an ATS, or applicant tracking system. These systems often act as filters to remove the resumes that do not meet employer expectations. To make sure your resume makes it to the desk of hiring managers, think carefully about what qualities they desire.

One of the best ways to make it past an ATS is simply to follow our direct sales representative resume sample. This ensures that you use the correct format and language. To make the process even simpler, consider using our resume builder to create a customized document.

4. How do you write the experience section of your direct sales representative resume?

The experience section is the most important part of your resume, which is why it should be the longest section and include the strongest information. Begin by listing your previous positions in reverse order, beginning with your current job. Under each, create between five and eight bullet points that describe your daily responsibilities.

The format of your experience section is actually quite important. It should be entirely in past tense, except for information about your current position, which should use the present tense. Additionally, every bullet point should begin with a strong action verb.

5. How do you list schools in a direct sales representative resume?

The education section is the shortest, simplest, and final section of your resume. See an example of a strong education section on our direct sales representative resume sample. There are three pieces of information you must include for each school you attended: the name of the school, your specific area of study, and the date or expected date of graduation.

Resume Text

Sally Harris
123 Fake Street
City, State, Zip Code
Cell: 000-000-0000   


Personable Direct Sales Representative who is able to host successful events in any type of setting. Adept at developing a network of host locations, staying up to date on new products and growing a customer base. Specializes in housewares and home improvement products.   


  • Exceptional presentation and negotiation skills
  • Excellent ability to utilize digital presentation materials
  • Extremely organized individual
  • Maintains a professional attitude at all times
  • Very strong networking abilities
  • Dedicated to growing sales and solving customer problems

Work Experience

November 2012 to February 2015 Company Name
– City, State Direct Sales Representative

  • Assembled a large network of host venues that helped to significantly increase sales.
  • Acted as the liaison between other direct sales representatives in the company and product manufacturers when it came to new product information.
  • Created marketing materials that were used by all of the direct sales professionals in the company.

August 2007 to November 2012 Company Name
– City, State Direct Sales Representative

  • One of the few direct sales professionals to find success selling door to door for Halloway.
  • Assisted in setting up and administering demonstrations to large audiences.
  • Developed relationships with local clubs and groups that lead to more sales.

June 1998 to August 2007 Company Name
– City, State Direct Sales Representative

  • Found a great deal of success in recruiting new sales representatives and building a large source of residual income.
  • Worked closely with management to develop effective marketing materials that lead to higher revenues.


1998 Tapper High School, City, State High School Diploma