If you looooove to talk, then you’d probably make a good call center representative. They’re the people you talk with when you call your utility company or order something by phone.
Most call center jobs fall into one of three categories:
Customer service. These are the people you call when your cable’s out.
Inbound sales. This representative takes calls from people who want to buy something.
Outbound sales. These are the people who call hoping to sell you something.
Most call center jobs require you to use a telephone with a headset and a computer. A lot of jobs are located in office buildings, but some companies let employees work from home. Many call centers are open 24/7 so your hours can vary, possibly including some early mornings or late evenings. A fair warning about call center jobs—they’re definitely not for everyone. You need pretty thick skin to succeed. People will yell at you, hang up on you and swear at you, so if you get angry quickly, you’d better look for a different job.
We’re hiring polite, professional call center representatives to provide outstanding customer service. You’ll answer questions, handle complaints and troubleshoot problems with our products and services. The call center representative will handle a high volume of inbound and outbound calls and should provide a positive experience for every customer. You’ll listen to customers to understand the reason for their call, address all questions or complaints and provide an accurate and efficient response.
To be a successful call center representative, you must be customer-focused, good at problem-solving, detail-oriented and efficient. You should also be polite, reliable, knowledgeable and flexible.
Typical duties include:
Answering or making customer calls to address their needs
Responding efficiently and accurately to callers
Engaging with callers to confirm or clarify information and calming angry customers, as needed
Building relationships with customers and other call center agents
Appropriately using software, databases, scripts and tools
Understanding and striving to meet or exceed call center metrics
Providing consistent customer service
Making sales or recommendations for products or services
Taking part in training and other learning opportunities
High school diploma or GED
Exceptional customer service, active listening and verbal and written communication skills
Professional phone voice
Willing to learn company products, services and policies
Proficiency with computers, especially customer relationship management (CRM) software
Strong typing skills
Ability to ask prying questions and diffuse tense situations
Strong time management and decision-making skills
Adaptability and accountability
Bilingual a big plus
How much does a call center representative make?
The average call center representative makes about $16.25 an hour. The pay can be higher if the company pays bonuses for meeting sales goals.
What are the education requirements?
A high school education or equivalent is usually required. Most training is on-the-job.
Career paths for call center representatives
Once you become an expert in customer service or sales, you can move up to a position with better pay and hours. After that, most call center representatives become managers or move on to corporate positions in the company. But you might have to have a degree to qualify for those positions.
The future of call center representatives
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall job opportunities for call center reps and other customer service representatives are predicted to rise 36% from 2016-26. Candidates with good customer service skills and those who have a lot of experience using computer software should have the best job prospects.