Customer Service Representative

What the job involves

As a customer service representative you will deal directly with customers either by telephone, email or face to face. Responsibilities may include responding to customer enquiries and complaints, providing information on products and services, maintaining customer records, administration and record keeping.

Personal qualities

You will need to have excellent communication and listening skills (both verbal and written). The ability to analyse problems and come up with solutions will be helpful. You must have attention to detail and accuracy and be able to understand customer needs. You should be assertive, polite, confident and be able to remain calm under pressure. You will need to have good IT skills.

Working conditions

You will need to be able to handle a variety of customers and complaints by phone, face to face, or by email. Working hours in some job roles may require you to work during evenings, weekends and holidays. Some companies hire additional workers during the holiday season when more customers are expected.

Qualifications and training

Experience in customer service is highly valued for customer service roles and an Apprenticeship or NVQ in Customer Service, such as those offered by CAW Business School, will be attractive to employers. However, formal qualifications are not usually essential to begin a customer service role and training in company etiquette and procedures will take place on the job, usually alongside a more experienced colleague.

Getting into the profession

Customer service jobs can be found in a variety of places, i.e.:

Salary and benefits

Typical salaries for customer service representatives range between £15,000 to £21,000 a year.

Progression

Customer service representatives may choose to move into other related areas such as business administration or look at working their way up to become a team leader.

Further information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our career profiles, however we advise that you check with the relevant college/university/organisation that you are intending studying with in regards to current entry criteria.