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Sales Representative

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€20k > 60
Sales Rep / Executive
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 60
Related Information:
Telesales Rep / Executive: 20 - 35
Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 60
Field Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 55
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

While the majority of those employed in this occupation are employed in the wholesale and retail sector, demand, and indeed shortages, primarily relates to those employed in the IT sector, with language skills a key factor.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Shortages relate to Inside sales representitives only - National Skills Bulletin 2018

-2%
Occupational Category

Business Sales Executives

Also included in this category:

Sales agents; sales consultants; sales executives; technical representatives.

Number Employed:

22,300

Part time workers: 6%
Male / Female: 70 / 30%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 60%
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At a Glance... header image

Sells a company's products and services to other companies, associations and the general public.


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Joe Codd
Sales Director
Joe Codd is Sales Director at Ireland's leading Forestry Company Veon Ltd. Joe is responsible for forest portfolio acquisitions in Ireland and the UK.
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Go..Sales Executive - from: icould [UK] Video


The Work header image

This career can present quite varied challenges as employers include manufacturers and wholesalers, insurance, finance and banking companies, as well as a host of service organisations as diverse as suppliers of electricity and gas, car rental firms, transport companies, hotel and catering organisations.  
 
Essentially, sales representatives are concerned with promoting their employer's business, obtaining orders for company products or services within their allotted areas and, maintaining liaison with customers to ensure satisfaction. They also give information about new prices, offers and products.  
 
They may be required to travel extensively and with some concerns this may include travel abroad. They may be expected to collect accounts and to make daily or weekly reports of their activities to the Sales Manager. A competent Sales Representative will take note of trends and developments in the market and alert the company of these.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

Sales reps need to be confident, enthusiastic and ambitious. You should be well organised, self-motivated, and prepared to plan your own work and deal with paperwork. You will often have to cope with working under pressure in order to meet sales targets and gain commission.  
 
As a sales rep, you will need good communication skills, a clear speaking voice, and a friendly, outgoing personality and persuasive manner.  
 
A clean full driving licence is usually required.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Sales executive - from: GradIreland
Go..Sales Promotion Executive - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Sales Representative - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII)
Address: Marketing House, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
Tel: (01) 295 2355
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Organisation: The Sales Institute of Ireland
Address: 68 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 662 6904
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