In Summary - Sales Representative
Sales Representatives typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Sales Representative
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.
Interests - Sales Representative
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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.
Entry Requirements - Sales Representative
Pay & Salary - Sales Representative
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 20k - 60k
Telesales Rep / Executive: 20 - 35
Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 60
Field Sales Rep / Executive: 25 - 55
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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.
Labour Market Updates - Sales Representative
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