Customer services can vary greatly depending on the type of company but generally it encompasses a few key elements such as responding to client queries, providing product information, making sales and handling customer complaints.
Who can I work for?
Every type of organisation will provide customer service to their clients or members; from banks and insurance providers to retail outlets and cinemas, each company will define the roles unique to their customers needs.
Where and when can I work?
Customer service representatives will often be found in an office, working 9am till 5.30pm, at the end of a telephone handling hundreds of calls in a day. There are plenty of opportunities in the leisure industry and some customer service roles are mobile, visiting clients in their own environment.
What will I be responsible for?
Customer care and meeting client needs are the main focus for a customer service representative. Those needs vary from company to company although the following are most likely: order processing, query handling, data entry, product promotion and problem solving.
What qualifications do I need?
No formal qualifications are required but some positions may require GCSE Maths and English.
Do I need any experience?
Demonstration of personnel skills are sometimes more important than direct work experience for junior positions. Previous working knowledge will be required for specialist roles within industries such as IT or finance.
What attributes are needed?
Whilst basic computer skills and a good command of written and spoken English are essential, people skills are vitally important too. Keeping calm and remaining tactful under pressure is a must and a bright personality will make you stand out from the crowd.
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